POSTSCRIPT ON BOB JONES

Catalyst April Issue 2000, Front Page

Most Catholics are aware that some Protestants still carry a deep-seated animus against their religion, and if ever there were any doubt, the Bob Jones University controversy removed them all. It was the patriarch himself, Rev. Bob Jones, who commented in 1928 on the prospect of seeing a Catholic, Al Smith, in the White House. “I’d rather see... [Read more...]

QUOTABLE

Catalyst April Issue 2000, Front Page

NBC’s “Today Show” 2-28-00 MATT LAUER: So what would you say to Catholic voters who aren’t quite ready to accept this apology? DONOHUE: I’d have to ask them, what do they want? Do they want him to bend over and take a paddle right to his behind? I mean, at what point do you say enough is enough? ABC’s “World News Tonight with... [Read more...]

THE BARBARIANS ARE IN THE GATE

Catalyst April Issue 2000, From The President's Desk

William A. Donohue Last fall when the Catholic League protested the “Sensation” exhibition at the Brooklyn Museum of Art, we were accused of censorship. Leading the way was Joan E. Bertin, executive director of the National Coalition Against Censorship. In the fall of 1998, Bertin got so uptight with us for protesting the Terrence McNally... [Read more...]

THE JUBILEE YEAR ‘REQUEST FOR PARDON’

Catalyst April Issue 2000, Essay

On Sunday, March 12, 2000 Pope John Paul II made a unique and historic “request for pardon” for the sins and errors of Christians both throughout the centuries and in the present. This papal act of atonement for past sin is meant to Christians to enter the new millenium better prepared to evangelize the Truth of faith. Unfortunately, we... [Read more...]

ANTI-CATHOLICISM BECOMES AN ELECTION ISSUE

Catalyst April Issue 2000

The recent flap over the Bob Jones University appearance by Governor George W. Bush has been the source of much controversy. The Catholic League’s position on this important issue needs to be understood by all our members. The Catholic League criticized Bush for his appearance at the school, defended him against the charge of anti-Catholicism, accepted... [Read more...]

WHITNEY MUSEUM—MODEL OF HYPOCRISY

Catalyst April Issue 2000

On March 23, New York’s Whitney Museum hosted “Sanitation” by Hans Haacke. The German-born artist was provided with a platform to denounce Mayor Rudolph Giuliani for criticizing the “Sensation” exhibit at the Brooklyn Museum of Art last fall. In the exhibition, Nazi-style script is used to highlight critical comments made by... [Read more...]

GOOD FRIDAY HOLIDAY UPHELD (AGAIN)

Catalyst April Issue 2000

In January, the U.S. Supreme Court rejected a challenge to a Maryland law that mandates Good Friday as a holiday in the public schools. On March 6, it followed suit by allowing Indiana to give state employees the day off; the justices did not comment on why they refused to hear an appeal that argued the holiday was a violation of the First Amendment. The... [Read more...]

FLAWED SURVEY

Catalyst April Issue 2000

In March, the Wall Street Journal ran an excellent series on the 2000 electorate that compiled some of the best data we’ve seen. In particular, we would like to cite the Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll that was done on Catholics and Fundamentalists by the polling organization Peter D. Hart and Robert M. Teeter; it appeared on March 9. There was... [Read more...]

“EARLY SHOW” GETS TOO CUTE WITH CATHOLICISM

Catalyst April Issue 2000

On the March 7 edition of the CBS program, the “Early Show,” co-hosts Bryant Gumbel and Jane Clayson joined meteorologist Mark McEwen in an extended ridicule of Catholicism. The subject was Lent. During the course of the conversation, Gumbel and McEwen admitted they were raised Catholic but were no longer practicing. “I was born Catholic... [Read more...]

ONCE WAS ENOUGH

Catalyst April Issue 2000

Last year, on the day before St. Patrick’ Day, Planned Parenthood of Connecticut distributed green condoms at the state Capitol in Hartford. The condoms read, “Kiss Me I’m Irish,” “Put on the Green” and “Four Leaf Clover.” In stepped state senators and the Catholic League to protest, causing a ruckus. The league’s... [Read more...]

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