“DA VINCI CODE” DISCLAIMER SOUGHT IN MOVIE

Catalyst April Issue 2006, Front Page

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 move is the duplicity... [Read more...]

SMEARING CARDINALS

Catalyst April Issue 2006, Front Page

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... [Read more...]

“DA VINCI CODE’S” DECEITFUL GENRE

Catalyst April Issue 2006, From The President's Desk

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 member... [Read more...]

Revisiting the Pius War

Catalyst April Issue 2006, Book Review

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... [Read more...]

COLORADO LAWMAKERS RETHINK ABUSE BILLS

Catalyst April Issue 2006

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... [Read more...]

NEW HAMPSHIRE BILL FAILS

Catalyst April Issue 2006

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... [Read more...]

CATHOLIC HOSPITALS UNDER FIRE IN CONNECTICUT

Catalyst April Issue 2006

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... [Read more...]

GAY ADOPTION ISSUE SPURS BIGOTED FUROR

Catalyst April Issue 2006

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... [Read more...]

ALBANY LAWMAKERS MUST CENSURE ADELE COHEN

Catalyst April Issue 2006

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... [Read more...]

PITTSBURGH TRIBUNE REVIEW: CATHOLICISM AND FREE SPEECH MAKE IT JUMPY

Catalyst April Issue 2006

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... [Read more...]

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