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BOYS LIKE “BOOK OF MORMON
May 16th, 2011 | Catalyst Online, Features

We recently commented on the way critics received the new Broadway musical from Trey Parker and Matt Stone, “The Book of Mormon.” When Parker and Stone die, the obit page should label them as talented yet cowardly artists. After all, as Terry Teachout said in the Wall Street Journal, it takes no guts to bash Mormons on Broadway. Real men would... [Read more...]


“THERE BE DRAGONS” IS A HIT
May 2nd, 2011 | Latest News Releases

Tom Arkin of the Catholic League previewed “There Be Dragons” and found it inspiring. It opens May 6. Here is his review:   Academy-Award-nominated director Roland Joffe’s film, “There Be Dragons,” is a fictional account based on the life of the canonized saint Father Josemaria Escrivá, founder of Opus Dei.    Roberto... [Read more...]


FABRICATING OPPOSITION TO JOHN PAUL II
April 29th, 2011 | Latest News Releases

Catholic League president Bill Donohue comments on the reaction to the beatification of Pope John Paul II on May 1:   The worldwide reaction to the beatification of John Paul II, from all quarters, is overwhelmingly enthusiastic. But one would never know this if one’s bible were the New York Times. Today, it reported that the beatification “has... [Read more...]


MORE DECEIT FROM VOTF
April 29th, 2011 | Latest News Releases

Catholic League president Bill Donohue addresses the response by Voice of the Faithful (VOTF) to our April 25 news release:   Charged by the Catholic League at the beginning of the week with deceit, VOTF answers at the end of the week with more deceit.     After being contacted last week by Philadelphia priests about a “survey” sent by... [Read more...]


TIMES SQUARE NUNS
April 21st, 2011 | Latest News Releases

Catholic League president Bill Donohue comments on the response to two Broadway plays depicting nuns: “Sister Act” opened on Broadway this week, much to the delight of the New York Times. The script, however, was shallow. We’re being nice. The Times, in characteristic form, was not. Charles Isherwood couldn’t resist throwing... [Read more...]


ARCHBISHOP DOLAN IS A HERO; ANDERSON LIES
April 20th, 2011 | Catalyst Online, Features

Only a couple of weeks after Jeffrey Anderson went after Archbishop Timothy Dolan for his alleged money hiding, the unscrupulous lawyer once again went after Dolan accusing him of covering up sex abuse cases during his time as the head of the Milwaukee Archdiocese. Anderson is a liar and the media were giving him a free ride. Anderson said he possessed... [Read more...]


LIBERAL RELIGIONS IN FREE FALL
April 20th, 2011 | Catalyst Online, Features

Following the recent publishing of the findings of the 2011 Yearbook of American & Canadian Churches, we commented on them. Beginning with the work of Dean Kelly in the 1970s, it has been empirically obvious that those religions which have experienced the greatest proportionate decline in membership are generally the most progressive or liberal... [Read more...]


PREFACE

There are many ways of writing an annual report: some organizations list a few major accomplishments, while others provide a tally of incidents or events. We don’t quantify—it’s not easy to do so with qualitative data— but we do offer a descriptive account of the challenges that Catholicism faced in the previous year. Our goal, of course, is... [Read more...]


ATTACK ON BISHOP FINN

Beginning late October, we rallied behind Kansas City-St. Joseph Bishop Robert Finn with vigor: we saturated the community with an ad that the Kansas City Star rejected for political reasons. Indeed, we hit virtually every Catholic church, school and lay organization in the area, along with other religious organizations, public and private schools... [Read more...]


MISCELLANEOUS

MISCELLANEOUS January 20 The president of Al-Azhar, an Egyptian university, Sheikh Ahmed el-Tayeb, along with the leading members of the Islamic Research Academy, announced they were breaking off dialogue with the Vatican in response to Pope Benedict XVI’s criticism of Muslim violence against Christians. After he denounced the suicide bombing of... [Read more...]