WORKPLACE DISCRIMINATION CHECKED IN SAN DIEGO

Thank to the efforts of the league’s San Diego chapter president, Carl Horst, the religious rights of a young Hispanic woman have been restored in the workplace. On February 12, Ash Wednesday, the woman had the ashes on her forehead forcibly removed by her supervisor at Silvergate Retirement Residence; her boss wiped her forehead clean with a... [Read more...]

“NIGHT SINS” SINS AGAINST CATHOLICS

On February 23 and 25, CBS aired a two-part movie, “Night Sins,” starring Valerie Bertinelli. Based on a novel by Tami Hoag, the second part of the series portrayed a priest who passionately kisses a woman in church and a crazed deacon who assaults the priest and then commits suicide; we also learn that the deacon harbored the body of his... [Read more...]

REPORT FROM HOLLYWOOD

by William A. Donohue My trip to Hollywood proved to be productive. First I met with Jeffrey Katzenberg of DreamWorks and then I participated in a conference sponsored by the American Cinema Foundation and the UCLA Center for Communication Policy. I liked Katzenberg. He is an extraordinary bright and affable person, the kind of no-nonsense, yet friendly,... [Read more...]

PENN STATE GETS WORSE

In the January-February edition of Catalyst, we reported on an incredibly vulgar and blasphemous piece of student “art” at Penn State. The work in question was a huge man-made bloody vagina, adorned with human hair, with a statue of Our Blessed Lady placed inside; created in the shape of a grotto, this was displayed on the grounds of the... [Read more...]

MOTHER TERESA MADE OBJECT OF DERISIONMOTHER TERESA MADE OBJECT OF DERISION

Mother Teresa is being made the object of derision by Bongo Java, a coffeehouse enterprise in Nashville, Tennessee. Bongo Java is selling a cinnamon bun that bears a likeness to the face of Mother Teresa. Called the NunBun, the pastry was purchased by Bongo Java employee Todd Truley for distribution; it is being hawked on the company’s web site. The... [Read more...]

PHILADELPHIA COLUMNIST TAKES CHEAP SHOT

Melissa Dribben, a columnist for the Philadelphia Inquirer, wrote an article in February about Secretary of State Madeline Albright’s newly discovered Jewish ancestry. The piece was okay save for one cheap shot. Speaking rhetorically, Dribben made the point how Jewish kids are often subjected to anti-Semitism, as in the (seemingly) proverbial... [Read more...]

NEW ORLEANS PARADE REVEALS BIGOTRY

On January 25, a parade in New Orleans, the Krewe du Vieux, made statements that were both vulgar and anti-Catholic. Held the day before the Super Bowl, the parade was billed as a politically controversial alternative to the city’s famous Mardi Gras parade. It proved to be just that. As described by a local admirer, Lolis Eric Elie, “Among... [Read more...]

MICHIGAN RADIO STATION DRAWS RESPONSE

WYBR/Y-102, an FM station in Big Rapids, Michigan, has drawn a letter of protest from the league for an ad it recently ran. The ad promotes the “Mike and Brian” morning show by picturing the two men dressed in a nun’s habit, folding their hands in prayer-like fashion, with their eyes flipped upwards. The inscription above the picture... [Read more...]

RELIGIOUS RIGHTS OF CATHOLIC INMATES VIOLATED

For two years in a row, Catholic inmates in New York City prisons have had their religious rights violated by the Department of Correction. In 1996 and again in 1997, only meat dishes were served on Ash Wednesday. Last year, the Catholic League and Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of New York brought their case to the Department of Correction.... [Read more...]

HOWARD STERN STRIKES AGAIN

On Ash Wednesday, radio talk show host Howard Stern continued his assault on Catholicism, this time by doing a mock blessing with cigar ashes. The league complained once again to his producers but has no confidence that anything will be done about him. Those who think that Catholics should just accept Stern for what he is should think again: he once... [Read more...]

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