JESUS’ TOMB NOT FOUND; CAMERON’S “TITANIC FRAUD”

Catalyst April Issue 2007, Front Page

On March 4, “Titanic” director James Cameron and TV-director Simcha Jacobovici released what they called a documentary on the Discovery Channel claiming they have evidence of a Jerusalem tomb that allegedly houses the remains of Jesus and his family. In the week prior to the showing, Bill Donohue hit the air waves challenging what he dubbed... [Read more...]

KISSLING RESIGNS

Catalyst April Issue 2007, Front Page

On February 28, Frances Kissling stepped down as president of Catholics for a Free Choice. For a quarter century, she misrepresented herself to the public, pretending to be the head of a bona-fide Catholic organization. It would be more accurate to say that she ran an anti-Catholic front group. Twice condemned as a fraud by the U.S. Catholic bishops’... [Read more...]

KISSLING EXITS IN ANGER

Catalyst April Issue 2007, From The President's Desk

William A. Donohue Frances Kissling recently stepped down as president of Catholics for a Free Choice. It was not a quiet exit. In fact, she stormed out the door in total anger. The source of her anger made me smile. You’re going to smile, too, when you read this article. “The Catholic right is uglier and meaner than anyone on the religious... [Read more...]

“Good” Catholics Can Make a Difference

Catalyst April Issue 2007, Essay

“All that is necessary for evil to succeed is that good men do nothing.” This quote, attributed to the 18th-century British philosopher Edmund Burke, is often used as a rallying cry when it comes to attacks against the Catholic Church. Perhaps we can fine-tune the quote this way for our purposes: “All that is necessary for anti-Catholicism... [Read more...]

“LOST TOMB” IS A LOST CAUSE

Catalyst April Issue 2007

When “The Lost Tomb of Jesus” aired on the Discovery Channel on March 4, it wasn’t exactly met with critical acclaim. Indeed, even before the program aired, leading archeologists and historians were quick to dismiss the documentary’s claims as bunk. Below are a selection of criticisms aimed at this latest attempt to debunk the... [Read more...]

UNIV. OF MINNESOTA IS A DISGRACE

Catalyst April Issue 2007

On March 1, the University of Minnesota’s Department of Theatre, Arts and Dance hosted the Dario Fo play, “The Pope and the Witch.” It was performed through March 9. Bill Donohue raised the following scenario with the press: “Imagine an anti-Semitic play, written by a Hitlerian, being performed at the University of Minnesota.... [Read more...]

SUPREME COURT PASSES ON NATIVITY CASE

Catalyst April Issue 2007

On February 20, the U.S. Supreme Court refused to review an appeals court decision that allows New York City public schools to display a menorah during Hanukkah, and a star and crescent during Ramadan, while banning a crèche at Christmastime; the Catholic League arranged for a plaintiff in this case, Andrea Skoros, and the Thomas More Law Center handled... [Read more...]

VERMONT RESORT’S IDEA OF HUMOR

Catalyst April Issue 2007

On February 28, J.J. Toland, communications manager for Vermont’s Sugarbush Resort, sent an e-mail to his mailing list that offended many Catholics. Titled “March Snow is on the Way,” Toland’s letter ended with remarks about current skiing conditions. But it opened with two paragraphs bemoaning the “psychological”... [Read more...]

FALLOUT FROM THE EDWARDS CONFRONTATION

Catalyst April Issue 2007

Just before we went to print with our last issue of Catalyst, news reports exploded with accounts of the resignation of Amanda Marcotte and Melissa McEwan from the John Edwards presidential campaign. While we were able to feature this story on our front page, there was a lot of fallout from this issue that we were not able to cover. Here’s more... [Read more...]

CHRISTIANITY ON THE FIRING LINE DURING LENT

Catalyst April Issue 2007

The following is a list of books, articles and television shows that have called into serious question the core beliefs of Christianity during the Lenten season. No other religion is subjected to such scrutiny and none other has its central tenets questioned during its holy days.  2007 ●     “Titanic” director James Cameron and TV-director... [Read more...]