IRS ASKED TO PROBE SAN FRANCISCO “SISTERS”

Catalyst December Issue 2001, Front Page

The Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights has petitioned the Internal Revenue Service to revoke the tax-exempt status of the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence. The “Sisters” are a San Francisco-based gay group that dress as nuns, mock Catholicism and make small donations to AIDS-related charities. The league’s position is that the... [Read more...]

BALTIMORE’S HATE ART

Catalyst December Issue 2001, Front Page

The gift shop in the Baltimore Museum of Art was selling souvenir postcards featuring a picture of the Andres Serrano “Piss Christ” artwork; it shows a crucifix submerged in a jar of the artist’s urine. A protest by the Catholic League led to considerable media attention, inspiring one local Catholic to buy all 13 remaining postcards.... [Read more...]

BEWARE THE “FRIENDS OF THE POOR”

Catalyst December Issue 2001, From The President's Desk

William A. Donohue This is the season of giving and give we should: to the surviving family members of the horror of 9-11; to the needy; to the disabled; to all those unable to provide for themselves. But let’s do it without the smugness that too often accompanies the giving. I say this because it’s been my experience that the people who scream... [Read more...]

THE POPES AGAINST THE JEWS

Catalyst December Issue 2001, Essay

by Ronald J. Rychlak A couple of years ago, when critics charged that Pope Pius XII had shown a callous indifference to the plight of the Jews, the common refrain was that if only he had been more outspoken on behalf of the Jews, like his predecessors, thousands of more lives might have been saved. The traditional view of Popes is that they defended... [Read more...]

NEBRASKA LAWMAKER DESERVES CENSURE

Catalyst December Issue 2001

On November 9, the Catholic League asked Nebraska lawmakers to censure one of its state senators, Ernie Chambers. Our request for censure made national headlines in an Associated Press article and was broadcast on Nebraska television. What provoked the league to act was a tirade Chambers launched against the Catholic Church on November 5. At issue was... [Read more...]

SOUTH CAROLINA’S “FETISH BALL”

Catalyst December Issue 2001

This fall the student newspaper of the University of South Carolina, the Gamecock, included a very disturbing story about an event held off-campus in Columbia called “The Fetish Ball.”  The story described in detail the sexual performances by the participants including those dressed as Catholic schoolgirls, nuns and priests.  In reporting the... [Read more...]

APOLOGY ACCEPTED

Catalyst December Issue 2001

James Oberweis, a candidate for the Republican nomination for the U.S. Senate seat in Illinois, called William Donohue on November 6 to apologize for making an offensive remark. Donohue accepted the apology and the two men ended their conversation on a friendly note. Here’s what happened. On two occasions recently, Oberweis, who is Catholic, explained... [Read more...]

PROTESTANT CHURCHES VIOLATE THE LAW WITH IMPUNITY

Catalyst December Issue 2001

In the last week before election day, November 6, there were several violations of constitutional law and IRS regulations committed by Protestant churches. For example, on October 31, New Jersey candidate for governor, James E. McGreevey, won the endorsement of the Black Ministers Council of New Jersey. The group represents 600 churches. On November... [Read more...]

AMERICANS UNITED SEEKS TO MUZZLE FREE SPEECH

Catalyst December Issue 2001

Following election day, Americans United for Separation of Church and State accused the bishops of New Jersey of interfering in the electoral process simply because they voiced an opinion on abortion that the radical group abhors. The bishops in the Garden State had urged Catholics to “use their voting privilege to reflect a choice of candidates... [Read more...]

PRAYER IN SCHOOL ISSUE HEATS UP AGAIN

Catalyst December Issue 2001

Three major developments regarding the perennial issue of prayer in the schools recently occurred. On October 29, the U.S. Supreme Court refused to hear a challenge to a state law in Virginia requiring a minute of silence in the schools. On the legislative front, Rep. Ernest Istook of Oklahoma announced on the same day that he plans to reintroduce a... [Read more...]

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