April Issue 2001

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FUNDING BIGOTRY

By | April 23rd, 2001|Categories: Catalyst Online, Features|Tags: |

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 [...]

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HATE MAIL

By | April 23rd, 2001|Categories: Catalyst Online, Features|Tags: |

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 sex [...]

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CONTROVERSY MOUNTS OVER HEALTH BILL

By | April 23rd, 2001|Categories: Catalyst Online, Features|Tags: |

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 [...]

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A RABBI LOOKS AT PIUS’ CRITICS

By | April 23rd, 2001|Categories: Catalyst Online, Features|Tags: |

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 [...]

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CENTER FOR CATHOLIC STUDIES

By | April 23rd, 2001|Categories: Catalyst Online, Features|Tags: |

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 [...]

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BUSH INVITE TO IAN PAISLEY OFFENDS CATHOLICS

By | April 23rd, 2001|Categories: Catalyst Online, Features|Tags: |

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 [...]

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CRITIC OR BIGOT?

By | April 23rd, 2001|Categories: Catalyst Online, Features|Tags: |

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. [...]

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RAGING RABBI

By | April 23rd, 2001|Categories: Catalyst Online, Features|Tags: |

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 [...]

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CLASSIC NON SEQUITUR

By | April 23rd, 2001|Categories: Catalyst Online, Features|Tags: |

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 [...]

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APOLOGY NOTED

By | April 23rd, 2001|Categories: Catalyst Online, Features|Tags: |

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. [...]

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