THREE CHEAP SHOTS ON TV

Catalyst December Issue 2000

“Moesha” is a comedy that features African American actors. The Halloween episode that aired October 30 was overall quite good, containing an anti-drug message. But what we didn’t like was a scene where young Moesha got dressed as a nun and jumped into a man’s arms with her legs wrapped around his waist. Pat Scully discussed our complaint... [Read more...]

CATHOLIC BASHERS STUFF HILLARY’S COFFERS

Catalyst December Issue 2000

On October 25, Hillary Clinton had a fundraising event at New York’s Roseland Ballroom. Among those in attendance were at least seven celebrities who have a record of Catholic bashing. Consider the following: Ben Affleck played in the anti-Catholic movie, “Dogma,” and admitted that “The film is definitely meant to push buttons” Molly... [Read more...]

THE BIGGEST ANTI-CATHOLIC BIGOT ON THE BLOCK?

Catalyst December Issue 2000

Subscribers of the New Yorker who are anti-Catholic (not a few we would guess) have come to adore James Carroll. Carroll is a former priest who today competes with many former priests and seminarians as the biggest anti-Catholic bigot on the block. With his latest book, we think he’s won. Constantine’s Sword, the Church and the Jews: A History will... [Read more...]

ENOUGH, ALREADY!

Catalyst December Issue 2000

In the November Catalyst, we ran a story, “Their Idea of Fairness,” wherein we reported that Insight Media had a catalog of videos and CD-ROMS for students that included some good selections on religion, but also some lousy selections on Roman Catholicism. We told our members that head of the company, Jeff Morris, failed to respond to a... [Read more...]

AN UNSEEMLY MIX OF POLITICS AND RELIGION

Catalyst December Issue 2000

The 2000 elections will be remembered for lots of things, few of them honorable. Among the long list of dishonorable things, count the unseemly mix of politics and religion that colored so many of the races. To be specific, the extent to which candidates carried their campaigns into houses of worship was appalling. Though Republicans and Democrats were... [Read more...]

ABC’S “POLITICALLY INCORRECT” CONTINUES ITS ATTACK ON ROMAN CATHOLICISM

Catalyst December Issue 2000

The October 27 episode of ABC’s “Politically Incorrect” triggered a record number of complaints to the Catholic League. The discussion was Halloween and how it relates to paganism. The show’s host, Bill Maher, commented how “Christianity is grafted on paganism”; media critic Holly McClure agreed. Actor Guy Torry then remarked,... [Read more...]

CHURCH VANDALS HIT MARYLAND, ALABAMA, ALASKA

Catalyst December Issue 2000

Catholic churches and Catholic religious symbols continue to be vandalized in many parts of the country. For three years, Father Thomas Flowers, pastor of St. Rose of Lima Church in Chesapeake City, Maryland has led his church and the local chapter of the Knights of Columbus in erecting small crosses at a prominent roadside. This year they ran into... [Read more...]

“CRIME NOT OF HATE, BUT OF LOVE”

Catalyst December Issue 2000

When 73-year old Dennis Heiner went before State Supreme Court Justice Thomas Farber, he knew he could get a year in jail and a $5,000 fine. His crime? Painting over the dung-laden portrait, “The Holy Virgin Mary,” that was featured at the Brooklyn Museum of Art last year. But on November 14, Justice Farber slapped Heiner with a $250 fine.... [Read more...]

DISHONEST ANTI-VOUCHER TV ADS PULLED IN MICHIGAN

Catalyst December Issue 2000

In October, a Florida appeals ruled that a school voucher program that targeted poor families was constitutional. But in November, ballot initiatives that would allow vouchers lost in Michigan and California. The Catholic League, which views school choice as a civil right, gets involved in the issue when anti-Catholicism emerges. That is why it jumped... [Read more...]

BORDERS PROMOTES CORNWELL

Catalyst December Issue 2000

Borders is one of the nation’s largest bookstore chains. It has every right to carry John Cornwell’s dishonest screed on Pope Pius XII, Hitler’s Pope, but it has no moral right to promote the book as if it were the gospel truth. The October issue of the catalog, “Inside Borders,” has an ad for Cornwell’s book that describes Pius... [Read more...]

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