December Issue 1998

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“FORMER ALTAR BOY” RETURNS

By | December 27th, 1998|Categories: Catalyst, Features|Tags: |

They never learn. Either that, or they don’t want to learn. A teenager and his girl friend are charged with murder and he is identified as "a former altar boy." That was the spin that the Associated Press, the Bergen Record and the New York Post put on the story about Christopher Vasquez. Vasquez is being tried for killing his [...]

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SELF-DECEIVING ARTISTS

By | December 27th, 1998|Categories: Catalyst, Features|Tags: |

What is it about artists? Do they really believe their own lies? Consider two recent cases, one from North Carolina, the other from Michigan. In the October Catalyst, we cited an art exhibition at the Ackland Art Museum of the University of North Carolina that merited a Catholic League response. Artist Duane Michals’ contribution to art was [...]

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“OZZFEST” SHIRT DROPPED

By | December 27th, 1998|Categories: Catalyst, Features|Tags: |

In the October Catalyst, we remarked how the vile rock performer, Ozzy Osbourne, was marketing his "Ozzfest ’98" T-shirt. On the front of the shirt there is a demonized image of the Virgin Mary, surrounded by a collection of equally demonic characters, including a priest, a monk and angels. We wrote to Dell Furano, president and CEO [...]

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HE WHO LAUGHS FIRST, LAUGHS LAST

By | December 27th, 1998|Categories: Catalyst, Features|Tags: |

The school staff thought it was cute. The local newspaper thought it was cute. The Catholic League didn’t, and that is why we brought the issue to the attention of the authorities. The Halloween celebrations at Tillamook High School in Tillamook, Oregon, took a different turn this year. On November 4, in the pages of the Headlight-Herald, [...]

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VOUCHER VICTORY

By | December 27th, 1998|Categories: Catalyst, Features|Tags: |

November 9 was a bad day for the enemies of choice in education: that was the day the U.S. Supreme Court let stand a lower court ruling that found no legal problem with the Wisconsin voucher program. Because the high court did not actually rule on the merits of a Wisconsin Supreme Court ruling that said [...]

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PROTESTANT GROUP ATTACKS MORE THAN VOUCHERS

By | December 27th, 1998|Categories: Catalyst, Features|Tags: |

In Chicago, the week of November 9-13, the National Council of Churches of Christ in the U.S.A. (NCC), considered a proposal that would put it on record as opposed to voucher programs or tuition-tax credits for private schools. The proposal explicitly said that "public moneys should be used only for public schools." It further stated that [...]

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ANTI-CATHOLIC BIAS AT THE NEW YORK TIMES

By | December 27th, 1998|Categories: Catalyst, Features|Tags: |

In the November 2 edition of the New York Times, there were several articles about the November 3 elections. The articles were grouped according to "The Senate," "The Polls," "The Campaign" and "The Churches." With regard to the last article, coverage was given to John Cardinal O’Connor’s homily the day before wherein he questioned why some were [...]

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HORMEL SENT PACKING

By | December 27th, 1998|Categories: Catalyst, Features|Tags: |

James C. Hormel, heir to the Hormel meat-packing fortune, will not be the next U.S. Ambassador to Luxembourg. The Senate’s Republican leadership saw to that in October when they let Hormel’s nomination die. The Catholic League did not object to Hormel’s nomination because he is a homosexual, but we did object on grounds that he previously [...]

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IGNOBLE PRIZE

By | December 27th, 1998|Categories: Catalyst, Features|Tags: |

Last year, the Nobel Prize committee gave its literary award to an Italian anti-Catholic bigot, Dario Fo. This year the committee showed its passion for diversity by bestowing the award on a Portuguese anti-Catholic bigot, Jose Saramago. Maybe next year they’ll find a Greek or Spaniard who hates Catholicism. Father Richard John Neuhaus said it nicely [...]

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