A NATION DIVIDED
William A. Donohue
What happened in the presidential election is a mirror of our culture: politically and morally we are a divided people. This isn’t good for anyone and it high time we started the mending process. One way to start is to examine the sociological principles that undergird Catholicism and then see what they have to offer the country... [Read more...]
The Catholic Church and the Holocaust 1935-1960
by Robert P. Lockwood
Pope Pius XII (1939-1958), as Secretary of State to Pius XI and as pope, faced Nazi Germany with a remarkable consistency. The Nazis considered him an implacable foe,(1) and he was hailed both during and after World War II as the strongest voice – often the only voice – speaking out in Europe against the Nazi terror.(2) The... [Read more...]
CHRISTMAS SECULARIZED; HANUKKAH SACRALIZED
From McDonalds to the local mall, Christmas is represented not by a nativity scene but by Christmas trees, snowflakes, reindeer and other secular symbols. Meanwhile, Hanukkah is (properly) represented by menorahs and the Star of David. Herewith are some examples.
The Christmas selection for 1-800-flowers.com has no religious items but features... [Read more...]
MULTICULTURAL CLUB USED TO ASSAULT CHRISTMAS
The Catholic League has fielded many complaints regarding the extent to which Christmas is being downplayed in the nation’s public schools. A textbook example is New Britton Elementary School in Fishers, Indiana.
The students at New Britton are being treated to a multicultural understanding of the holiday season. A school memo dated December 13... [Read more...]
RELIGIOUS NECKTIES BRANDED THREAT TO FREEDOM
Bus drivers in Vancouver, Washington have been warned that they are forbidden from wearing hats, vests or neckties that depict religious themes during the Christmas season. Their employer, C-TRAN, issued the following criteria for such apparel: “They are appropriate for work in a public agency. They do not contain offensive or controversial... [Read more...]
CHRISTMAS TREE CENSORED IN EUGENE, OREGON
The city manager of Eugene, Oregon, Jim Johnson, has issued a directive banning Christmas trees from public places. Johnson argues that the tree is a religious symbol and therefore cannot be placed on public property. The ban was issued after “a number of non-Christians” complained.
In his memo of November 20 to all city employees, Johnson said... [Read more...]
“F— CHRISTMAS” T-SHIRTS NOW ON SALE
A store in Berkeley, California, Bear Basics, is selling T-shirts that say “F— Christmas”; the shirt bears the full name of the obscenity.
William Donohue, president of the Catholic League, today explained the league’s response to this matter:
“The manager of Bear Basics, Sandie Handschoh, was not available when I called yesterday, but... [Read more...]
CITIES URGED TO ERECT CRECHES
The Catholic League has written to the executive directors of the National League of Cities urging them to inform mayors and other municipal offices about the permissibility of erecting créches on public property during the Christmas season. All fifty states were contacted.
“Every December,” we said, “the Catholic League erects a créche in... [Read more...]
THE CATHOLIC CHURCH AND THE HOLOCAUST, 1930-1965
By Michael Phayer, Indiana University Press, Bloomington and Indianapolis (2000)
Reviewed by Robert P. Lockwood
Pope Pius XII (1939-1958) faced Nazi Germany, as Secretary of State to Pius XI and as pope, with a remarkable consistency. The Nazis considered him an implacable foe, and he was hailed both during and after World War II as the strongest voice... [Read more...]
A Response to The Vatican and the Holocaust: A Preliminary Report by the International Catholic-Jewish Historical Commission
by Ronald Rychlak
A Response to:
The Vatican and the Holocaust: A Preliminary Report by the International Catholic-Jewish Historical Commission
By Professor Ronald J. Rychlak, author of Hitler, the War and the Pope(Our Sunday Visitor, 2000)
In October 2000, the International Catholic-Jewish Historical Commission released to great publicity... [Read more...]