MARYLAND JUDGE VIOLATES CHURCH-STATE BOUNDARIES

Catalyst April Issue 1998

Frederick County Circuit Judge Mary Ann Stepler has issued a preliminary injunction ordering a Catholic high school to allow two of its students, who have been expelled, to attend school pending a trial. The students, a boy and a girl, were expelled after a sexual encounter in the hallway of the school; they are suing on grounds of racial discrimination.... [Read more...]

VICTORY FOR SICKOS

Catalyst April Issue 1998

A jury in Ocala, Florida has refused to convict a man on obscenity charges for wearing a T-shirt that depicted a nun masturbating, with a vile comment about Jesus on the flip side. No one will be shocked to learn that the decision was hailed by the ACLU and anti-Catholic bigots. The front of Andrew Love’s T-shirt sported an image of a topless nun... [Read more...]

HORMEL STILL IN THE RUNNING

Catalyst April Issue 1998

In the last issue of Catalyst, we mentioned that the Catholic League was challenging the Clinton nomination of James Hormel to be the next U.S. Ambassador to Luxembourg; Hormel refuses to retract his endorsement of the anti-Catholic group, Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence. At press time, he was still in the running. It seems that Hormel’s generosity... [Read more...]

“NUNSENSE” IN DRAG

Catalyst April Issue 1998

Over the past several years, we have been asked on occasion whether the Catholic League objects to the long-running play, “Nunsense.” Our answer has been, no. As a matter of policy, we generally don’t make complaints when there is an element of doubt about a given illustration, movie, depiction, etc. Because we have doubts about “Nunsense”... [Read more...]

MUDSLINGING AT MUHLENBERG

Catalyst April Issue 1998

Muhlenberg is a small college in Eastern Pennsylvania that, up until now, has never caught our attention. That changed when we learned that a controversial statement about Our Blessed Mother was made on campus; we also objected to a slam at Pope Pius XII. In the library of the school stood an icon of Mary, complete with a statement that chastised Catholics... [Read more...]

VICTORY FOR PRO-LIFERS

Catalyst April Issue 1998

Students for Life, a group of pro-life students at the University of Buffalo, have won a settlement of $38,000 from the school for discriminating against them for political reasons. In 1996, Students for Life was discouraged by the university from holding an anti-abortion conference and from erecting a memorial of 4,400 crosses. The group was required... [Read more...]

“OUR LADY OF THE PUCK”?

Catalyst April Issue 1998

What is it about our religious themes and icons that seem so irresistible to Madison Avenue executives? The latest example of this comes from Spike Lee, better known for his Hollywood forays. Lee has been commissioned by Fox Sports to do an ad for its coverage of National Hockey League games. Lee chose comedian Flip Wilson to preach from a pulpit at... [Read more...]

KEEPING HOLY WEEK HOLY

Catalyst April Issue 1998

Carl Horst, president of the San Diego chapter of the Catholic League, has kept a close watch on the public school calendar as it impacts on Easter. Last year he protested a decision made by area schools to hold class on Good Friday, and this year he took aim at the 1998-1999 calendar because it doesn’t allow for spring break to coincide with Holy... [Read more...]

LEAGUE TARGETED IN NOVEL

Catalyst April Issue 1998

In a new novel by Mary Gordon, the Catholic League is introduced as a censorial agent. In Spending, Gordon refers to the “Catholic Defense League” as an activist organization that protests the artistic work of Monica Szabo. Spending is a sex novel about a jaded artist who wants to put a new spin on pictures of “dead Christs.”... [Read more...]

WHO SPEAKS FOR CATHOLICS?

Catalyst April Issue 1998

Time and time again, critics charge that the Catholic League has no right to speak for all Catholics. Never mind that we never said we did, or that we have repeatedly said otherwise, the mudslingers continue to dig for dirt. But it makes us wonder why no one seems to ask the We Are Church/Call to Action folks how they can honestly advertise themselves... [Read more...]

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