NATIVITY SCENE ERECTED IN CENTRAL PARK
The Catholic League has erected a nativity scene in New York’s Central Park. Located on the corner of 59th Street and 5th Avenue, the crèche will be blessed by Monsignor John Woolsey, pastor of St. John the Martyr in Manhattan, at 4:00 pm. It will be up for two weeks.
Catholic League president William Donohue offered the following remarks... [Read more...]
LAURYN HILL FLIPS HER LID
At a Vatican Christmas concert Saturday night, hip-hop artist Lauryn Hill read a lengthy statement blasting the Vatican for the homosexual scandal in the Catholic Church. “God has been a witness to the corruption of his leadership, of the exploitation and abuses…by the clergy,” she said. Hill told the audience to seek blessings “from God,... [Read more...]
GREETING CARDS EVINCE BIAS AGAINST CHRISTIANS
Catholic League president William Donohue spoke to the issue of holiday greeting cards today:
“Comparing Christmas, Hanukkah and Kwanzaa e-cards by Hallmark, American Greetings and Yahoo! Greetings, the ones by Hallmark are the most equitable in their treatment of the three holidays. There are some real problems with the other two companies.
“American... [Read more...]
WANTED: ABERCROMBIE & FITCH MODELS WHO WEAR PANTS
Catholic League president William Donohue sounded off today on Abercrombie & Fitch’s (A&F) new Christmas catalog:
“Over the past few years, the Catholic League has blasted A&F for taking gratuitous shots at Catholicism in its catalogs. This year’s catalog is much improved, though it was wholly unnecessary to highlight a foul remark... [Read more...]
“BAD SANTA” BLACKENS DISNEY’S SNOW WHITE IMAGE
“Bad Santa,” a movie distributed by the Disney subsidiary Miramax, opens November 26. Louis Giovino, the league’s director of communications, attended a screening of the movie on November 19 in New York; Miramax acceded to the league’s request for an opportunity to preview it.
The following commentary, written by Catholic League president... [Read more...]
HSBC: BEACON OF CORPORATE BIGOTRY
Just when we thought we had heard the last story about the “holiday wars” of 2002, a bank issued a statement that really caught our eye.
At the end of January, HSBC USA apologized for altering the religious imagery of a fifth-grader’s holiday card submission. Gregory Paladino, a student at Our Mother of Sorrows outside of Rochester, New York,... [Read more...]
HSBC: BEACON OF CORPORATE BIGOTRY
HSBC USA has apologized for altering the religious imagery of a fifth-grader’s holiday card submission. Gregory Paladino, a student at Our Mother of Sorrows outside of Rochester, New York, recently won $1,000 for his school when his card was declared the winner in the HSBC holiday card contest. But the card the student submitted—showing a dove... [Read more...]
“HOLIDAY WARS” EXPLODE: COURTS ENTER THE FRAY
The “Holiday Wars” controversy over the propriety of putting religious symbols on public property drew a response this past Christmas season from the Supreme Court.
On November 29, U.S. Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens ruled that the city of Cincinnati could not bar the display of a menorah on a downtown plaza during the holidays. The municipal... [Read more...]
NEWSDAY’S BRESLIN MERITS DISMISSAL
William Donohue sent the following news release to all 134 parishes on Long Island:
“Jimmy Breslin is out of control and Newsday is irresponsible for not firing him. It is one thing to write critically of the Catholic Church, quite another to slander the Church and its leaders. In 2002, Breslin wrote 31 articles mentioning the Catholic Church and... [Read more...]
Reactions to the sexual abuse scandal in 2002 ranged from legitimate criticism to wildly unfair generalizations; we have no interest in addressing the former.
Most Catholics were understandably angry, hurt and dismayed by the news, which provoked some activists to speak and act irresponsibly. Regarding the media, newspaper and television reporting on... [Read more...]