GARRY WILLS GETS SNOOKERED

Catalyst December Issue 2002

In left-wing Catholic circles there is perhaps no one more admired these days than Garry Wills. Wills, as our members know, has nothing but contempt for most of what the Catholic Church stands for and it is this that makes him so popular among “progressive” Catholics. It should also be noted that these Catholics tout his intellect as if the guy... [Read more...]

NEWSDAY’S SHERYL McCARTHY: CLASSIC BIGOT

Catalyst December Issue 2002

Sheryl McCarthy, columnist for the Long Island daily Newsday, had an article in the October 24 edition of the newspaper that provided a classic example of anti-Catholic bigotry. It was so bad we decided that a new strategy was needed. We mailed a copy of McCarthy’s article to every bishop in the nation and to all 235 Catholic colleges and universities... [Read more...]

NO EXEMPTIONS FOR PLANNED PARENTHOOD

Catalyst December Issue 2002

In many parts of the country, legislators are mandating that members of the clergy report sex abuse crimes that come to their attention. This is all fine and good except that these laws typically do not require that every adult who interacts with youngsters must do likewise. Particularly egregious is the exemption given to abortion providers such as... [Read more...]

“THE CRIME OF FATHER AMARO”

Catalyst December Issue 2002

When the Catholic League learned that a controversial new movie was to open in the U.S., “The Crime of Father Amaro,” we asked Samuel Goldwyn Films if we could preview it. They graciously agreed. The movie, which opened in select theaters on November 8, was previewed in New York on November 5 by Louis Giovino, the Catholic League’s director of... [Read more...]

DAVID E. KELLEY’S OBSESSION WITH CATHOLICISM

Catalyst December Issue 2002

The November 10 episode of the ABC show “The Practice” used the sex abuse scandal in the Catholic Church for script. According to the show’s writer, David E. Kelley, the purpose of this episode was to pose a question to Catholics: “Can Catholics adequately express their rage without quitting the church?” Catholic League president William Donohue... [Read more...]

FIDELITY MATTERS (OR SHOULD)

Catalyst December Issue 2002

Voice of the Faithful is a lay Catholic organization that was founded this year in response to the scandal in the Church. It is not clear at this early date how the organization will evolve. It wants to help make reforms in the Church. The question is whether the group has an agenda as well. Some bishops say it does and have barred Voice of the Faithful... [Read more...]

HATEMONGERS SEIZE THE SCANDAL

Catalyst December Issue 2002

The Catholic League has long been a target for those who hate our defense of the Church. But this year we have received more hate mail than ever before. And the quality is different, too: it’s more obscene than ever before. Why is this happening? The biggest reason is the crisis in the Church. Those who hate the Church are taking advantage of the... [Read more...]

RICH BIGOTS

Catalyst December Issue 2002

Every racial, ethnic and religious group has its share of bigots. Sociological studies on bigotry have been done for decades and most of them report that bigots tend to be clustered at the bottom of the socio-economic ladder. But there’s one group that stands out from the crowd: anti-Catholic bigots. They’re all over the socio-economic scale and... [Read more...]

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