LOS ANGELES TIMES AND NEW YORK TIMES CHEER RELIGIOUS SPEECH

Catalyst April Issue 2006

n the March 3rd editions of the Los Angeles Times and the New York Times, there were editorials praising Los Angeles Archbishop Roger Cardinal Mahony for opposing restrictive immigration bills. If a bill with punitive measures gets passed, Cardinal Mahony wants priests and the laity to defy the law. Our take on the two Times’ was shared with... [Read more...]

SOUNDBYTES

Catalyst April Issue 2006

Bill Donohue on dispensations to eat meat on St. Patrick’s Day: “The cuisine calls for corned beef—as well as for lots of green beer. That can’t be ignored” (Beliefnet, 3-9); “It would be imprudent for Cardinal George not to accede to this reality that corned beef and cabbage and green beer are the staples of an Irishman’s... [Read more...]

FEAR GUIDES MEDIA RESPONSE TO CARTOONS

Catalyst April Issue 2006

The controversy over the Danish cartoons that lampooned Muhammad continues to swirl. Here is what we told the media: “The decision of most mainstream media outlets not to reprint or show the controversial cartoons is the right one: the Catholic League sides with the U.S., Britain and the Vatican in denouncing the inflammatory cartoons. Regrettably,... [Read more...]

BEHEADINGS, ANYONE?

Catalyst April Issue 2006

In February, Michael Kimmelman of the New York Times wrote a striking piece on the Danish cartoons, “A Startling New Lesson in the Power of Imagery.” He recalled how the Catholic League protested the 1999 “Sensation” exhibit at the Brooklyn Museum of Art that featured a “collage of the Virgin Mary with cutouts from pornographic... [Read more...]

NOTHING NEW ABOUT MUSLIM RESPONSE

Catalyst April Issue 2006

The violent Muslim uproar over a cartoon is nothing new. In 1977, a small band of Muslim extremists took 149 hostages at three locations in Washington, D.C. because a movie they found offensive, “Mohammad, Messenger of God,” was scheduled to be shown in area theaters. Threats of violence led to the film being pulled from its opening day... [Read more...]

“CHOOSE LIFE” VICTORY

Catalyst April Issue 2006

The Second Circuit Court of Appeals handed a victory to those who have been lobbying to have a “Choose Life” license plate in New York. While it’s not over yet, Dr. Elizabeth Rex is on a roll.  Read More →

BLINDED BY IDEOLOGY

For years, cartoonist Pat Oliphant has been taking irresponsible shots at Catholicism. Yet when it came to the controversial Danish cartoons that so inflamed the Muslim world, Oliphant wrote in a recent column, “I have to say that the point of these Danish cartoons eludes me, except as a needless and useless provocation.” Which means he... [Read more...]

CARTOON UPSETS UNIV. OF ILLINOIS OFFICIALS

Catalyst April Issue 2006

The Daily Illini, the student newspaper at the University of Illinois, recently republished cartoons that made fun of Muhammad. Those responsible for doing so, the editor in chief and the opinion page editor, were suspended. The response of school officials to this incident was the subject of a news release by Bill Donohue: “Richard Herman, the... [Read more...]

WILLIAM DONOHUE ON “TODAY”

Catalyst April Issue 2006

The text below is an excerpt from Bill Donohue’s interview with Matt Lauer on the March 8 airing of NBC’s “Today” show. The two discussed the upcoming film release of “The Da Vinci Code.” LAUER: Lots of buzz here, William. Obviously we’ve got a big book, we’ve got big star, big director, big movie company, lots... [Read more...]

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