MEL GIBSON’S FOES OVERHEAT; SMEAR CAMPAIGN BACKFIRES

Catalyst December Issue 2003, Front Page

Critics of Mel Gibson’s film, “The Passion of Christ,” are becoming unhinged, but their smear campaign is backfiring. For example, on November 6, the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) convened its 90th Annual National Meeting at New York’s Plaza Hotel. One of the sessions explored the controversy over the film. Paula Fredriksen, professor... [Read more...]

CRECHE CASE IN THE COURTS

Catalyst December Issue 2003, Front Page

On November 13, oral arguments were heard in U.S. District Court regarding a lawsuit that maintains that the New York City school system discriminates against Christians. Suing the New York City schools is The Thomas More Law Center of Ann Arbor, Michigan; the Catholic League began the process and secured a complainant for the law firm. The dispute... [Read more...]

WHY THE SCANDAL WILL CONTINUE

Catalyst December Issue 2003, From The President's Desk

William A. Donohue The Boston Globe broke the story on the sexual abuse scandal in the Catholic Church in January 2002. Two years later, it is evident the scandal will not go away. Don’t get me wrong—it is neither enabling bishops nor molesting priests who are prolonging the scandal—it is a diverse group of people who have an ideological,... [Read more...]

“60 MINUTES” ATTACKS PADRE PIO AND MOTHER TERESA

Catalyst December Issue 2003, Essay

By Father Benedict Groeschel, C.F.R. Shortly after Sunday, October 12, I was saddened to receive phone calls of outrage from friends who had watched a cynical attack on Padre Pio and Mother Teresa on the CBS show “60 Minutes.”  I was saddened because of the time people wasted watching this program, which like so much of the secular media... [Read more...]

BISHOPS CONVENE AMIDST GOOD NEWS

Catalyst December Issue 2003

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) met November 10-13 in Washington, D.C. for their annual meeting. They did so amidst good news from two surveys of Roman Catholics. The results of a Gallup survey were reported on November 7 in the New York Times. It showed that 49 percent of Catholics say they feel the bishops are doing a good... [Read more...]

DEBATE OVER SCHOOL VOUCHERS GETS UGLY IN MILWAUKEE

Catalyst December Issue 2003

In October, in the debate over school vouchers in Milwaukee, the Wisconsin state legislature considered an amendment to a school-choice bill that would require background checks of voucher-school employees. State Senator Gwendolynne Moore, who pushed for the measure, said she wanted to vest this authority in the Milwaukee Department of Public Instruction.... [Read more...]

DEMOCRATS LINKED TO CATHOLIC BASHING

Catalyst December Issue 2003

On November 11, a group allied with the Democratic Party released a public statement branding all Catholic bishops liars. The group, Catholics for a Free Choice (CFFC), made the charge in a news release: “Congress, AIDS advocates, and public urged to protest Catholic cardinals’ and bishops’ lying about condoms’ effectiveness... [Read more...]

DNC TRIES TO PLAY ITS CATHOLIC CARD

Catalyst December Issue 2003

Jenny Backus, a Democratic consultant who has helped organize the Democratic National Committee (DNC) debates, was recently cited in news reports about the alleged diversity of the Democratic candidates for president. Here’s what she said: “We’ve got everybody from a preacher to a general, from the leader of the House to leaders in... [Read more...]

DEMOCRATS STAGE PRAYER FEST WITH MUSLIMS

Catalyst December Issue 2003

On November 12, several Democratic congressmen joined American Muslim leaders in holding a Ramadan iftar, or fast breaking dinner, in the House Judiciary Committee Hearing Room. According to a news release by the Council on American-Islamic Relations issued the day before the event, “The Capitol Hill iftar will include breaking of the fast with... [Read more...]

BILL O’REILLY: UNFAIR AND IMBALANCED

Catalyst December Issue 2003

In Bill O’Reilly’s latest book, Who’s Looking Out for You?, he launches a salvo at the Catholic League. “The anger I feel for the witch-hunters of America is off the charts,” he says on p. 184. This is followed by, “The Catholic League of America issued a press release after my criticism of the Pope, charging I ‘despised... [Read more...]

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