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April 26th, 1999 | Catalyst Online, Features

We live in strange times. A high school student from suburban Detroit has sued her school arguing that she has a constitutional right to wear the symbol of her faith on campus—the practice of witchery. The ACLU, naturally, is defending the witch, Crystal Siefferly. It should be known that the ACLU opposes the right of nuns in habit to teach at a public... [Read more...]

January 27th, 1999 | Catalyst Online, Features

Just before Thanksgiving, a gay play that attacks Catholicism began in New York, while another that is scheduled to begin in Washington, D.C. this spring was announced; a third opened in New York the week before Christmas. The first to open was “Burning Habits,” an eight-part play at Here in SoHo, a New York Off-Off Broadway theater; it... [Read more...]

January 27th, 1999 | Catalyst Online, Features

Anthony Hacker of Milwaukee, Wisconsin was the winner of the 1998 Catholic League Christmas Sweepstakes. The beautiful Lenox Nativity set was sent to him in time for Christmas. Congratulations, Tony, and thanks to all who participated.  Read More →

Executive Summary

When one thinks of activist organizations that are anti-Catholic, images of the Ku Klux Klan come to mind. But most of the bigotry that is heaped on the Church these days comes not from terrorists, but from well-respected men and women in establishment organizations. Very few people, if polled, would think of the Ford Foundation as having any ax to... [Read more...]

The Arts

January Manalapan, FL – Florida Stage featured Michael Hollinger’s play, “Incorruptible,” a farce which promotes the most negative stereotypes about the medieval Church. For example, Catholic monks are depicted digging up dead bodies, cutting up the bones and selling them as relics—even, in one instance, passing off the bones of a... [Read more...]

Business / Workplace

1998 Santa Rosa, CA – Northern Exposure, a greeting card company, featured a birthday card with a smiling, elderly nun on the front cover. Inside, the card declared, “39? That’s what I call the Immaculate Deception!” 1998 Hoboken, NJ – NobleWorks, a greeting card company whose president, Christopher Noble, had previously informed... [Read more...]


January Medford, NJ – The parents of Zachary Hood, now eight, filed an appealafter a federal court upheld a teacher’s decision to bar their son from reading aBible story in his public school class. Two years earlier, when he was six, Zachary’sfirst grade class had been instructed by their teacher to bring one of their favoritestories to school... [Read more...]


January Washington, DC – Members of Congress received a letter from the leagueopposing the nomination of James Hormel as U.S. Ambassador to Luxembourg. Theleague’s objections were based on Mr. Hormel’s tacit endorsement, during the1996 San Francisco Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Pride Parade, of the Sisters ofPerpetual Indulgence—a group... [Read more...]


Movies April 3 New York, NY – Neil Jordan’s “The Butcher Boy” opened in select theaters, complete with Sinead O’Connor playing a foul-mouthed Virgin Mary uttering the F-word. In defending the scene, O’Connor opined that “if Mary was around right now she might say something like fuck!” For his part, Jordan believed that... [Read more...]


1998 Lodi, CA – Is the Virgin Mary Dead or Alive? published by Modern Manna Ministries, accuses the Catholic Church of leading people “to regard Mary as the most important being there is, greater than Jesus himself.” Deploring Pope John Paul II’s popularity with young people, the book declares, “Obviously, the pope of Rome is... [Read more...]