December Issue 1997

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AGENDA OF “NOTHING SACRED” EXPOSED

By | December 30th, 1997|Categories: Catalyst, Front Page|Tags: |

The Catholic League’s protest of the ABC show, "Nothing Sacred," has succeeded in exposing the agenda of Disney/ABC/20th Century Fox. From the beginning, the league has maintained that this show was conceived not as entertainment first, but as propaganda. There is now overwhelming evidence that the league’s contention was right. The networks subject all shows to the [...]

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PRISONERS’ RIGHTS VICTORY

By | December 30th, 1997|Categories: Catalyst, Front Page|Tags: |

The Catholic League’s intervention in a prisoners’ rights case ended in victory when a New Jersey correctional center bowed to the league’s demands. In the fall, the league was contacted by an inmate at the Cape May County Correctional Center in Cape May, New Jersey, alleging that Mass was being denied to those incarcerated in protective [...]

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WHEN DIALOGUE IS A DISASTER

By | December 30th, 1997|Categories: Catalyst, From The President's Desk|Tags: |

William A. Donohue Dialogue has become more than a buzz word, it’s become a mantra. Just invoking the word makes some feel good, if not altogether righteous. Like a kid on dope, we expect that uttering the "D" word will relieve us of pain and sorrow. Until we sober up, of course. Then it starts all [...]

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RELIGION ON TV DOESN’T HAVE A PRAYER

By | December 30th, 1997|Categories: Catalyst, Essay|Tags: |

by Evan Gahr Whether it’s news shows that ignore religion or entertainment programs that regularly depict clergymen as buffoons, hypocrites, or outright perverts, television remains ground zero for the culture of disbelief. Rabbi Marc Gellman, one of the first clergymen to appear regularly on network television in some 40 years, says that "there’s an anti-religious perspective [...]

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ATTACKS ON LEAGUE GROW

By | December 30th, 1997|Categories: Catalyst, Features|Tags: |

The success that the Catholic League has had in protesting "Nothing Sacred" has led to a rash of criticism. Much of it is simply a matter of interpretation, that is, there are those who differ with the league on the way it sees the show. But a growing number of critics have decided to target William [...]

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THESE NUMBERS DON’T LIE

By | December 30th, 1997|Categories: Catalyst, Features|Tags: |

Here’s more evidence that ABC holds "Nothing Sacred" to a different standard (actually, none at all) than it does every other show. The network is not ordering any more episodes of its new comedy series, "You Wish," (it merited only a half season), but is committed to a full slate for "Nothing Sacred." Here’s how the [...]

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NOTHING NEW ABOUT THE LATEST “NOTHING SACRED”

By | December 30th, 1997|Categories: Catalyst, Features|Tags: |

William Donohue offered the following comments on the Nov. 6 episode of the ABC show, "Nothing Sacred": "Most of the Catholic League’s criticisms of ‘Nothing Sacred’ have focused on the lead character, Fr. Ray. Our central complaint has been the positive spin that has been put on this dissenting priest and the negative spin that has [...]

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BOYCOTT AND PETITIONS SOAR

By | December 30th, 1997|Categories: Catalyst, Features|Tags: |

The boycott of the sponsors of "Nothing Sacred," and the number of persons who have signed the petition against the show, continues to mount. There are now 27 companies that have pulled their ads from the show and approximately 1,000,000 persons who have signed the league’s petition addressed to Disney chief, Michael Eisner. The November Catalyst listed the [...]

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MORE PHONY “ART”

By | December 30th, 1997|Categories: Catalyst, Features|Tags: |

Artist Barbara Kruger recently made an attempt to mimic Andres Serrano by creating a sculpture of Jesus Christ and an inebriated Santa Claus leaning against a large sarcophagus. While Jesus clutches a cross, Santa holds a dollar sign and a little girl who looks like JonBenet Ramsey. The exhibition was put on display on Halloween at [...]

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ANOTHER OFFENSIVE CAMPUS CARTOON

By | December 30th, 1997|Categories: Catalyst, Features|Tags: |

In a recent edition of the student newspaper of Binghamton University, Pipedream, there was a fictional ad for a "Vatican" malt liquor. It showed what was supposed to be the pope holding a bottle of malt liquor. The adjoining inscription was for the most part typical college humor, but there was a statement we did find offensive. [...]

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