SEX SURVEY BY KANSAS CITY STAR BACKFIRES

Catalyst December Issue 1999, Front Page

When the Catholic League learned that the Kansas City Star commenced a sex survey of Roman Catholic priests, it immediately decided to follow suit by issuing its own survey of the newspaper’s staff. On October 15, Mark Zieman, editor and vice president of the Kansas City Star, sent a letter to Roman Catholic priests, all of whom were randomly selected... [Read more...]

“DOGMA” IS A DUD

Catalyst December Issue 1999, Front Page

When “Dogma” opened on November 12, William Donohue and Patrick Scully went to see it. Here are the comments that Donohue released to the press about the movie: “The most extensive laughter was when the sarcastically-written disclaimer appeared on the screen. Once the film began, that was just about it. Never in my life have I attended... [Read more...]

ANTI-CATHOLICISM AT THE END OF THE CENTURY

Catalyst December Issue 1999, From The President's Desk

William A. Donohue The new millennium actually doesn’t begin until the year 2001, but I don’t want to quibble with conventional wisdom, so I’ll pretend that we are now finishing the 20th century. The serious question that needs to be addressed is, “What is the state of anti-Catholicism at the end of the century”? There are two genres... [Read more...]

BILL MAHER SAVAGES CATHOLICISM

Catalyst December Issue 1999

On the November 11 edition of the ABC show, “Politically Incorrect,” host Bill Maher interviewed “Dogma” director Kevin Smith. In doing so, Maher blasted Catholics: “Catholics practice what they want to practice. They go to see the Pope ‘cause he’s a big celebrity, but they go home and they masturbate, they practice... [Read more...]

VIRGIN MARY AND VIRGIN OF GUADALUPE UNDER ATTACK

Catalyst December Issue 1999

The fall season was a busy one for vandals and arsonists angry at the Catholic Church. To be more specific, statues of Our Blessed Mother and the Virgin of Guadalupe, are under vicious assault. A statue of the Virgin Mary holding the baby Jesus was branded with a swastika and a Star of David, as well as satanic symbols, at St. Clare Catholic Church... [Read more...]

LEAGUE OPPPOSES KKK

Catalyst December Issue 1999

On October 23, Ku Klux Klan members held a “White Pride” rally in New York City. The Klansmen were forced to march without their hoods: a decision by the U.S. Second Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that an 1845 statute in New York barring groups from congregating in public places in masks or disguises, except for authorized parties or entertainment,... [Read more...]

BROOKLYN MUSEUM OF ART EMITS NEW STENCH

Catalyst December Issue 1999

In a front-page story in the New York Times, it was revealed that unethical practices have colored the “Sensation” exhibit at the Brooklyn Museum of Art. The director of the museum, Arnold L. Lehman, pressed both Charles Saatchi, the owner of the art, and Christie’s, the prestigious auction house, for financing (the latter was given... [Read more...]

ANTI-CATHOLICISM DRAWS ATTENTION

Catalyst December Issue 1999

Five presidential candidates, Gary Bauer, Pat Buchanan, George W. Bush, Steve Forbes and Alan Keyes spoke out this fall condemning anti-Catholicism. What got all their attention was the Brooklyn Museum of Art exhibition, “Sensation”; the dung and pornographic splattered portrait, “The Holy Virgin Mary,” was the trigger issue. On... [Read more...]

GOOD GUILT AND BAD GUILT

Catalyst December Issue 1999

When people make light fun of their own religion, race or ethnic group in the company of like persons, that’s one thing. It’s quite another when someone who doesn’t belong to the group does so. It was in this vein that we greeted Marie Osmond’s remark about Catholic guilt. In a segment on Larry King, the Mormon singer replied to a comment that... [Read more...]

“ALL ABOUT MY MOTHER” RIPS NUNS

Catalyst December Issue 1999

The nun that is featured in the new movie, “All About My Mother,” is pregnant. She’s also HIV-positive. The film, we are certain, was designed to offend. We know that because it is the creation of a Catholic-bashing director from Spain, Pedro Almodovar. “All About My Mother” was described by one reviewer as “a loose homage... [Read more...]

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