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CATHOLICS AND THE SUPREME COURT: AN UNEASY RELATIONSHIP
June 21st, 2004 | Catalyst Online, Essay

Perhaps the most revolutionary changes on the Supreme Court began in the 1930′s. That is when President Franklin D. Roosevelt began to choose justices inclined to approach the Constitution in a “broad” and “flexible” spirit. Some of his appointees were crudely anti-Catholic. Hugo L. Black (1937-71) was a lapsed Baptist... [Read more...]


Catholics and the Supreme Court: An Uneasy Relationship

by James Hitchcock (Catalyst 6/2004) Perhaps the most revolutionary changes on the Supreme Court began in the 1930′s. That is when President Franklin D. Roosevelt began to choose justices inclined to approach the Constitution in a “broad” and “flexible” spirit. Some of his appointees were crudely anti-Catholic. Hugo L.... [Read more...]


Government

January Hightstown, NJ—Town Councilman Eugene Sarafin, known for his atheism and inflammatory remarks about religion, twice used obscene terms to describe his Catholic critics. He labels them “Catholic s—.” After a complaint by the Catholic League, Sarafin was censored by the town council on March 3 by a vote of 5-1. January New... [Read more...]


Executive Summary

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...]


Media

Movies | Newspapers | Periodicals | Radio | Television |Internet | Books MOVIES February Miramax, the movie production house owned by Disney, scheduled the film “40 Days and 40 Nights” for release. Actor Josh Hartnett plays a Catholic who pledges to give up sex for Lent but has his will tested by his ex-girlfriend. Because the... [Read more...]


NEWSDAY’S SHERYL McCARTHY: CLASSIC BIGOT
December 23rd, 2002 | Catalyst Online, Features

Sheryl McCarthy, columnist for the Long Island daily Newsday, had an article in the October 24 edition of the newspaper that provided a classic example of anti-Catholic bigotry. It was so bad we decided that a new strategy was needed. We mailed a copy of McCarthy’s article to every bishop in the nation and to all 235 Catholic colleges and universities... [Read more...]


NEWSDAY’S SHERYL McCARTHY: CLASSIC BIGOT
October 24th, 2002 | Latest News Releases

Sheryl McCarthy, columnist for the Long Island daily, Newsday, has an article in today’s newspaper that provides a classic example of anti-Catholic bigotry.  Catholic League president William Donohue offered the following remarks today: “The Catholic League is mailing a copy of Sheryl McCarthy’s article in today’s Newsday to every bishop... [Read more...]


DISHONESTY MARKS CATHOLIC SURVEY
December 26th, 2000 | Catalyst Online, Features

On October 24, Catholics for a Free Choice (CFFC) released the results of a survey of Catholic voters. William Donohue read the survey and wasted no time blasting CFFC. Here is the text of his remarks as released to the press: “Belden Russonello & Stewart, hired by Catholics for a Free Choice to do its survey, is not a disinterested research... [Read more...]


CATHOLIC BASHERS STUFF HILLARY’S COFFERS
October 25th, 2000 | Latest News Releases

There were at least eight famous contributors to Hillary Clinton’s fundraising event at Roseland Ballroom last night who have a record of Catholic bashing.  Here is the evidence: Ben Affleck played in the anti-Catholic movie, “Dogma,” and admitted that “The film is definitely meant to push buttons” Molly Shannon is best known for her crude... [Read more...]


DISHONESTY MARKS CATHOLIC SURVEY
October 24th, 2000 | Latest News Releases

Catholics for a Free Choice (CFFC) today released the results of a survey of Catholic voters.  Catholic League president William Donohue read the survey and commented as follows: “Belden Russonello & Stewart, hired by Catholics for a Free Choice to do its survey, is not a disinterested research firm: in 1999 it was described before a House subcommittee... [Read more...]