WHAT TO MAKE OF “THE OMEGA CODE”?

Catalyst December Issue 1999

When “The Omega Code” opened this fall, only 300 theaters showed it. But when church groups started buying tickets by the boat load, it soon became apparent that the film was a sleeper. The movie, which was financed by Trinity Broadcasting Network—the nation’s largest Christian broadcaster—cost only $7.2 million to make, but grossed... [Read more...]

TIME SHOWS BIAS—AGAIN

Catalyst December Issue 1999

Time has a thing about Catholicism. We don’t know exactly why, but it is clear that the magazine treats the Church with great suspicion. And that’s putting it kindly. In a November 15 story on Catholic hospital mergers with non-Catholic institutions, Timeflagged the story in its index by questioning, “Are church-run institutions imposing... [Read more...]

THE PRIEST AND THE MODEL

Catalyst December Issue 1999

It is no secret that the media love conflict. Or that the tensions between sex and religion make for good copy. But when the media force a conflict between sex and religion—especially when the religion is Catholicism—they can expect to hear from the Catholic League. That’s what happened in the case of media hype over a yet-to-be shown CBS series,... [Read more...]

HATING CATHOLICS

Catalyst December Issue 1999

The hate mail that comes into the Catholic League, on a rather steady basis, offers proof of the hatred against Catholics. We say this knowing that some will say there is a difference between hating the Catholic League and hating Catholics. Of course there is, but it is also true that much of the hatred towards the league is expressed in a manner that... [Read more...]

TINA AND GRAYDON

Catalyst December Issue 1999

The full-page ad in the New York Times that the Catholic League did on Cond‚ Nast’sVanity Fair (October 26) led to some interesting interviews and correspondence; the online site of Brills Content featured the league’s extended statement on this issue. We also stumbled on some interesting information concerning Vanity Fair’s previous editor-in-chief,... [Read more...]

RELIGION IN THE SCHOOLS

Catalyst December Issue 1999

When the Catholic League learned that an anti-Catholic book was being used in a public school in Cooperstown, North Dakota, we immediately asked the superintendent of schools for an explanation. We are happy to report that the book will no longer be referenced by the teacher. Here’s what happened. Handouts from a book by Ralph Woodrow, Babylon’s... [Read more...]

ABORTION CLINIC SPONSORS BIGOTRY

Catalyst December Issue 1999

An abortion clinic in West Palm Beach, Florida, is distributing anti-Catholic literature sponsored by the Catholic bashing group, Catholics for a Free Choice. Father Thomas Euteneuer of Holy Cross Catholic Church brought this issue to our attention, but neither he nor the Catholic League have succeeded in getting the clinic’s director, Mona Reis,... [Read more...]

EDUCATING AN EDUCATOR

Catalyst December Issue 1999

The State University of New York (SUNY) at New Paltz is headed by President Roger Bowen. He got into the newspapers last year when he defended a pornographic showcase on his campus called “Revolting Behavior: The Challenge of Women’s Sexual Freedom.” Among other things, the sex conference featured a sex-toy sale, a round-table conversation... [Read more...]

EVANGELICAL NONSENSE

Catalyst December Issue 1999

There they go fighting the Reformation again. It is with this sense of exasperation that we read an article in the Evangelical publication, World. The name of the piece, “On the eve of saints,” contains the ruminations of Andree Sec, a Catholic-turned-Evangelical who has a need to vent in public. Sec isn’t too worried about Halloween,... [Read more...]

MUSEUM OF MODERN ART HOSTS ANTI-NUN FILM

Catalyst December Issue 1999

This fall, New York’s Museum of Modern Art played host for the premiere of “Women In Black,” a one-hour documentary on Catholic nuns produced and directed by Claudia Sherwood. The film was described as a “kaleidoscope of baby boomers’ memories” that featured “childhood experiences of physical and psychological punishment... [Read more...]

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