ARTISTS IDENTIFY VIRGIN MARY AS WHORE

Catalyst April Issue 1999

During the first part of March, there were 12 performances of the play, “‘Tis a Pity She’s a Whore,” at New York Performance Works, a downtown New York theater. The play was written by John Ford in 1633 during the English Renaissance. It has been called a “bloody revenge tragedy” that features incest, stabbing and poisoning.... [Read more...]

GAY ALMANAC ERRS

Catalyst April Issue 1999

The Gay and Lesbian Almanac has a chapter on Religion and Spirituality that contains a gross falsehood. It says that the 1997 U.S. Catholic Bishops’ document, “Always Our Children,” advises parents “to put their love for their gay children before church doctrine that condemns homosexuality.” The document, which does encourage... [Read more...]

POLITICS OF LIFE

Catalyst April Issue 1999

“Life, What a Beautiful Choice.” Question: Who wants to ban this innocent message? Answer: Cherry Hill, New Jersey’s Courier-Post. The censors at the Courier-Post were upset to learn that Our Lady of Good Counsel Church had put this message on a banner and hung it across the street. There is a municipal ordinance that says that banners... [Read more...]

HUNTER MADNESS

Catalyst April Issue 1999

A few months ago we ran a story about a particularly disgusting item in the Hunter College student newspaper, Envoy. We thought the issue died with the apologies. Some anti-Semitic letters were received at Envoy’s office, portions of which were reprinted in the newspaper. That the hate mail was unfairly superimposed on Catholic League letterhead... [Read more...]

CELEBRITIES BASH CHURCH

Catalyst April Issue 1999

Many scholars have commented on how anti-Catholicism is the only respectable bias left in the nation. It could also be said that among many celebrities, Catholic bashing is something to celebrate. Cher was recently asked whether she had ever dated someone her own age. Her reply was, “I would never have gone out in my whole life if I waited for... [Read more...]

SACRED SYMBOLS, PUBLIC SPACE

Catalyst April Issue 1999

For more than three decades, Jersey City, New Jersey, has erected a crèche and menorah outside City Hall. When the ACLU sued a few years ago, citing the usual separation of church and state argument, Mayor Bret Schundler added Santa, Frosty the Snowman, a sleigh and Kwanzaa ribbons. But the ACLU still wasn’t happy and so it wound up in the courts. The... [Read more...]

APOLOGY FOR SLURS

Catalyst April Issue 1999

On February 21, a band called Tammy Faye Starlight sang a song riddled with slurs against nuns, Jews and brain-injured children. The band was featured on WKCR, a Columbia University radio station. Following a complaint lodged by the Catholic League, as well as others, the station’s program director apologized for what happened and pledged that this... [Read more...]

DEVILISH SCHOOLS

Catalyst April Issue 1999

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...]

PAPAL BASHING

Catalyst April Issue 1999

In the last issue of Catalyst we said that “Media treatment of the pope’s visit to St. Louis was overwhelmingly fair.” We stand by that assessment, though there have been some new developments. The “Daily Show” on Comedy Central did a segment wherein they poked fun at the pope’s mental health, took a cheap shot at teenagers... [Read more...]

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