April Issue 2006

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“DA VINCI CODE” DISCLAIMER SOUGHT IN MOVIE

By | April 8th, 2006|Categories: Catalyst, Front Page|Tags: |

The Catholic League is seeking a disclaimer from the director of "The Da Vinci Code," Ron Howard, that would inform the audience that what they are about to see is based on fiction, not fact. An open letter to Howard making this request was published in the March 6 New York Times (see p. 13). What necessitated this [...]

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SMEARING CARDINALS

By | April 8th, 2006|Categories: Catalyst, Front Page|Tags: |

Recent attempts to smear Chicago Archbishop Francis Cardinal George and Los Angeles Archbishop Roger Cardinal Mahony were met with a strong response from the Catholic League. Mary Gail Frawley-O'Dea, a psychologist who addressed the bishops in 2002, recently sent Cardinal George a letter saying he might be considered "an accessory to soul murder" because he didn't [...]

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“DA VINCI CODE’S” DECEITFUL GENRE

By | April 8th, 2006|Categories: Catalyst, From The President's Desk|Tags: |

William A. Donohue When Dan Brown's book The Da Vinci Code was originally published, we ignored it. We did so because we are generally dismissive of novels. But things began to change when we learned that Brown was selling his work as an authentic historical account. In October 2003, ABC-TV invited the Catholic League to send a staff [...]

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Revisiting the Pius War

By | April 8th, 2006|Categories: Book Review, Catalyst|Tags: |

By Eugene J. Fisher Patrick J. Gallo, editor, Pius XII, the Holocaust and the Revisionists: Essays. Jefferson, NC: McFarland & Co, 2006. 218 pages. PB. NP. Sister Margherita Marchione, Crusade of Charity: Pius XII and POW's (1939-1945). New York: Paulist Press, 2006. 284 pages. Ronald J. Rychlak, Righteous Gentiles: How Pius XII and the Catholic Church saved Half a Million [...]

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COLORADO LAWMAKERS RETHINK ABUSE BILLS

By | April 8th, 2006|Categories: Catalyst, Features|Tags: |

In the last edition of Catalyst, we reported that Colorado lawmakers were considering three bills that would lift the statutes of limitation for child sexual abuse lawsuits as they apply to Catholic priests. The three Colorado bishops, led by Denver Archbishop Charles Chaput, fought these measures, as did the Catholic League. Bill Donohue wrote to all members [...]

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NEW HAMPSHIRE BILL FAILS

By | April 8th, 2006|Categories: Catalyst, Features|Tags: |

The March Catalyst contained a story about a New Hampshire bill that would have mandated Catholic priests to reveal to state authorities information learned about child sexual abuse in the confessional. Subsequently, by a vote of 208-111 it was sent to interim study for the next year. Bill Donohue wrote to every New Hampshire lawmaker who sits on [...]

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CATHOLIC HOSPITALS UNDER FIRE IN CONNECTICUT

By | April 8th, 2006|Categories: Catalyst, Features|Tags: |

The Connecticut legislature's Public Health Committee is considering a bill that would require all hospitals in the state, including four Roman Catholic ones, to provide emergency contraception to rape victims. The Connecticut Catholic Conference asked for a religious exemption for Catholic hospitals, and it was seconded by the Catholic League. William Donohue wrote the following letter [...]

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GAY ADOPTION ISSUE SPURS BIGOTED FUROR

By | April 8th, 2006|Categories: Catalyst, Features|Tags: |

On March 14, the Boston Globe ran an editorial criticizing Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney for endorsing a bill that would allow Catholic Charities to continue providing adoption services without servicing gay couples. In a related development, San Francisco mayor Gavin Newsom said he would not attend the installation ceremony of former San Francisco Archbishop William Levada as a [...]

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ALBANY LAWMAKERS MUST CENSURE ADELE COHEN

By | April 8th, 2006|Categories: Catalyst, Features|Tags: |

On March 3, Bill Donohue wrote to every member of the New York State Assembly asking them to censure one of their colleagues, Adele Cohen. The request was occasioned by Cohen's treatment of Catholics when they met to discuss tuition tax credits. Donohue explains as follows: "On February 14, when eighth-grade students from St. Patrick's School [...]

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PITTSBURGH TRIBUNE REVIEW: CATHOLICISM AND FREE SPEECH MAKE IT JUMPY

By | April 8th, 2006|Categories: Catalyst, Features|Tags: |

On February 21, Bill Donohue e-mailed Colin McNickle, the editorial page editor of thePittsburgh Tribune Review, requesting permission to reprint an article by Don Collins of February 10, and a reply by Bob Lockwood of February 14 (when McNickle asked for more information about the Catholic League, Donohue directed him to our website and mentioned that [...]

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