NPR’S DOUBLE STANDARD

Catalyst December Issue 2010

Recently NPR made headlines after it fired Juan Williams after he made an allegedly anti-Muslim comment. But we were quick to point out that nobody had ever been fired by NPR for their anti-Catholic fare. To be explicit, on Jan. 7, 2008, the Utah NPR station, KCPW, aired a skit lampooning Mike Huckabee that trashed Jesus. On the show, “Fair Game... [Read more...]

OBAMA: RIGHTS STEM FROM THE STATE

Catalyst December Issue 2010

Recently, President Barack Obama set off a firestorm after he gave a few speeches this fall; the president quoted from the Declaration of Independence, omitting any reference to God. At an October fundraiser in Rockville, Maryland, he spoke of “inalienable rights,” mentioning that “all men are created equal,” but omitted what comes after this... [Read more...]

“BOARDWALK EMPIRE” REACHES NEW LOW

Catalyst December Issue 2010

On a recent episode of the HBO series “Boardwalk Empire,” a gratuitous cheap shot was taken at Catholics. The scene that outraged Catholics all over, was the one in which a group of men were watching a silent film in which a nun is having sex. There is something pernicious about Hollywood’s non-stop assault on Catholicism. The shot of a nun on... [Read more...]

BILL MAHER JUST CAN’T MOVE ON

Catalyst December Issue 2010

Bill Maher is back on the radar screen of the Catholic League. He recently lashed out at Catholicism on two different occasions: comments about gay priests on MSNBC’s “The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell”; and his explanation to CNN’s Wolf Blitzer about controversial comments he made about Muslims on his HBO show. On the MSNBC show, Larry... [Read more...]

VICTORY IN GEORGIA

Catalyst December Issue 2010

We recently received word that a disturbing video was shown at a seminar for the Georgia Trial Lawyers Association (GTLA) and then was placed on the organization’s website. The video “A World Without Lawyers,” highlighted the benefits of trial lawyers including their roles in medical malpractice, fighting corporations and civil rights. The disturbing... [Read more...]

VICTIMS’ SUMMIT BUST

Catalyst December Issue 2010

Last April, the National Catholic Reporter ran a story on the so-called “Victims’ Summit,” a gathering of alleged victims of priestly sexual abuse that was scheduled to take place at the Vatican in St. Peter’s Square on October 31. At that time, Bernie McDaid, one of the organizers, predicted they would amass 50,000 people in a massive show... [Read more...]

CNN RETRACTS BOGUS FIGURE

Catalyst December Issue 2010

On November 11, investigator John Walsh was interviewed by CNN’s Anderson Cooper on the subject of pedophilia. Walsh mentioned that 100,000 victims of priestly sexual abuse had recently sought a meeting with the pope. He was referring to the so-called “Victims’ Summit”; we cited 60 who showed up, while others gave the figure of 100. We contacted... [Read more...]

“MEMPHIS” IS A MUST SEE

Catalyst December Issue 2010

Catholic League director of communications Jeff Field recently had the opportunity to see the Broadway show “Memphis.” Unlike most plays these days, this is one which most Christians will find entertaining and inspiring. Opening to critical acclaim in October of 2009, the Broadway musical “Memphis” is a hit that should not be missed. Set in... [Read more...]

THE ENDURING LEGACY OF JOHN PAUL II

Catalyst December Issue 2010, Book Review

Ronald J. Rychlak George Weigel’s magnificent biography of Pope John Paul II, Witness to Hope, was published in 1999. Knowing that the pope’s story was not over, Weigel promised that he would one day write a completion. This is it, and it is a powerful and welcome compliment to the earlier biography, but it is much more than that. This book stands... [Read more...]

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