FUNDING BIGOTRY

Catalyst April Issue 2001

Catholics for a Free Choice (CFFC) is anti-Catholic, pro-abortion letterhead (it has no members) led by Frances Kissling. Were it not for some very rich foundations, they wouldn’t exist. While it is difficult to get a complete record of its funding sources, new research by Francis J. Butler, president of Foundations and Donors Interested in Catholic... [Read more...]

HATE MAIL

Catalyst April Issue 2001

One of the most viciously anti-Catholic pieces of mail ever received at the Catholic League was recently addressed to William Donohue. Obviously angered over our protest of “Yo Mama’s Last Supper,” the offender sent an obscene note to Donohue. On the other side of the self-made “postcard” was a drawing of a man performing oral... [Read more...]

CONTROVERSY MOUNTS OVER HEALTH BILL

Catalyst April Issue 2001

Things are heating up in New York State regarding a health bill. In the last Catalyst, we commented on how the New York State legislature was trying to pass a bill that would require all employers to provide contraceptive health insurance coverage for its employees. Now the bishops have entered the fray, voicing opposition to the bill unless it allows... [Read more...]

A RABBI LOOKS AT PIUS’ CRITICS

Catalyst April Issue 2001

David G. Dalin is a rabbi and historian with impeccable credentials. He recently reviewed several books on Pope Pius XII, both pro and con, for The Weekly Standard. His review essay has attracted a lot of attention, and rightly so: Dalin’s analysis of the controversial role Pius XII played during the Holocaust is itself a worthy contribution to the... [Read more...]

CENTER FOR CATHOLIC STUDIES

Catalyst April Issue 2001

On April 22, Nassau Community College will open its Center for Catholic Studies. The community college, which is located in Garden City, Long Island, is one of over 50 colleges and universities that are part of the State University of New York system of higher education. The newly appointed director is Dr. Joseph Varacalli, a prominent sociologist and... [Read more...]

BUSH INVITE TO IAN PAISLEY OFFENDS CATHOLICS

Catalyst April Issue 2001

On March 16, President George W. Bush held a St. Patrick’s Day reception for Irish-American leaders. He also invited leading members from the various parties in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. Among the attendees was Ian Paisley, the Northern Ireland activist known mostly for his hatred of the Catholic Church. William Donohue was invited... [Read more...]

CRITIC OR BIGOT?

Catalyst April Issue 2001

The Catholic Church should not be immune from criticism anymore than any other institution. But neither should it be the object of bigotry. The question is, what is the difference between criticism and bigotry? Criticism of the Church is focused; bigotry is not. A critic focuses on some aspect of the Church, pointing out its shortcomings. A bigot seizes... [Read more...]

RAGING RABBI

Catalyst April Issue 2001

Rabbi Mordechai Friedman is a raging rabbi from New York who hates lots of people. Lately he has taken aim at the pope and the Catholic League. He spews his venom on public access cable TV because that’s the only media outlet available to him. Rabbi Friedman has called the pope “a dumb Pollock” and a “stinking old cocker.”... [Read more...]

CLASSIC NON SEQUITUR

Catalyst April Issue 2001

The February 18 edition of the CBS show, “60 Minutes,” did a segment on the extent to which the De Beers company controls the diamond industry throughout the world. Interviewed for this spot was James Twitchell of the University of Florida. When asked if there was ever a time in history when one institution exercised this much control, he... [Read more...]

APOLOGY NOTED

Catalyst April Issue 2001

John Gray from East Quogue, Long Island, was listening to WRCN-FM on March 1 at about 6:45 am when he heard “Chaz and AJ” do a bit about phone sex lines and Catholic priests. They mocked celibacy and took several shots at priests, in general. Angered, Gray called Bishop James McCarthy and former Ambassador Frank Ruddy. They said call the... [Read more...]

« Previous PageNext Page »