“JESUS JUICE” PROTESTED

Catalyst December Issue 2005

Veteran CBS producer Bruce Rheins crossed the line recently when he sought a patent for a wine he dubbed “Jesus Juice.” This is the name that pop-singer Michael Jackson allegedly used when he served wine to his young accuser. On the label of the Merlot wine is a picture of Jackson in the image of Christ on the cross. The gossip page of the... [Read more...]

NATIONAL HISTORY DAY DELETES BIASED REMARK

Catalyst December Issue 2005

In the last issue of Catalyst, we ran a story on education wherein we mentioned an ugly incident attendant to National History Day. No sooner was the November issue printed when we learned that the dispute ended amicably. On August 1, William Donohue wrote to Cathy Gorn, executive director of National History Day (NHD), about the contents of a flier... [Read more...]

GLAAD CHIEF IS A COWARD

Catalyst December Issue 2005

Bill Donohue went on NBC’s “Today” show in mid-October to discuss the sexual-abuse scandal in the Los Angeles Archdiocese, and the next day he was attacked by the president of the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD). Donohue then challenged the president, Neil Giuliano, to a debate on TV, but the gay leader declined.... [Read more...]

NYC MUSEUM HONORS MINORITY HOLIDAYS; “FRUITY FONDUE” FOR CHRISTMAS

Catalyst December Issue 2005

The Children’s Museum of Manhattan likes to honor the holidays of Hispanics, Jews, Muslims and African Americans, but not of Christians. For example, in October the museum featured Hispanic Heritage Month, as well as aRamadan in New York City Festival; the latter event meant that children were read stories about Islamic traditions. But there were... [Read more...]

A “MATERIAL GIRL” NO MORE?

Catalyst December Issue 2005

Pop-singer Madonna used to be known as “The Material Girl.” But now she says she’s changed. However, her new documentary, “I’m Going to Tell You a Secret,” which is a behind-the-scenes account of her “Re-Invention Tour,” contains more than a flash from her past. One part of the film, in particular, caught... [Read more...]

NEVADA WEIGHS PHARMACIST CONSCIENCE RULES

Catalyst December Issue 2005

In late October, the Nevada Board of Pharmacy considered the issue of allowing pharmacists the right to deny a prescription for medication they cannot in good conscience fill. “At stake is the right of patients to obtain prescribed medication from their local pharmacist versus the right of pharmacists to abide by their moral or religious convictions,”... [Read more...]

PAROCHIAL SCHOOLS DESERVE FEMA FUNDS

Catalyst December Issue 2005

The decision by the Bush administration to help rebuild those areas hardest hit by Hurricane Katrina includes awarding public monies to parochial schools and other religious institutions (exclusive of houses of worship). We commended the administration in a statement released to the media on October 19: “On both moral and legal grounds, the Bush... [Read more...]

MARY, THE 21st CENTURY WOMAN

Catalyst December Issue 2005

Long-time Catholic League member Mildred M. Breitenbach (her husband Ed previously served as a chapter president for the Catholic League) has written a delightful new book. Relating numerous stories about the ways Our Blessed Mother has touched the life of the author, Mary, The 21st Century Woman is a joy to read. Through personal anecdotes and helpful... [Read more...]

GIVE THE MONEY WITHOUT THE STRINGS

Catalyst December Issue 2005

Senators Edward Kennedy, Lamar Alexander, Christopher Dodd, and Mike Enzi introduced a hurricane-relief bill in the Senate that was a mixed blesssing. The bill would allow any school (be it public or private, secular or religious) willing to host students displaced by Hurricane Katrina to receive $6,000 in aid for each student taken in. But it also... [Read more...]

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