HOUSE OF BLUES PULLS LOGO AFTER CATHOLIC PROTEST

The famous nightclub chain, House of Blues, bowed to Catholic pressure by announcing that it will remove its logo and replace it with a new one. The logo had been the Sacred Heart of Jesus, a symbol that is deeply meaningful to Roman Catholics. But now, after a protest lodged by the Archdiocese of Chicago and the Chicago chapter of the Catholic League,... [Read more...]

MISUSE OF SACRED HEART DRAWS RESPONSE

Routledge, the distinguished publishing company, recently released a book on the late rock star, Elvis Presley, that drew fire from the Catholic League. The league objected to the cover illustration: it featured Elvis as the Sacred Heart of Jesus. The book, Elvis After Elvis: The Posthumous Career of a Living Legend, has nothing to do with the cover... [Read more...]

HOLLYWOOD’S MORAL CODE

At the end of February, I will be going to Hollywood to score a few points for our side. Jeffrey Katzenberg, who is a partner with Steven Spielberg and David Geffen in DreamWorks, has invited me to preview a new movie, Prince of Egypt. Scheduled for release in November 1998, it is an animated film whose story is supposedly inspired by the Biblical... [Read more...]

BIASED ADS HURTS STORY

The CBS affiliate in Cleveland, WOIO, recently aired a two-part series titled, Pedophile Priests. Immediately after the show was aired on November 17-18, William Donohue wrote to station manager Thomas Griesdorn expressing his views. He was principally concerned with the way the show singled out priests and the way the show was advertised. The response... [Read more...]

WHY NOT SPONSOR A PRIEST OR NUN?

For the past several months, the Catholic League has been fortunate to have an anonymous person secure members for us from the mid-west. Whoever it is, he or she has requested that we advise our members to sponsor a priest or nun interested in the league’s work so that they might receive Catalyst. If you know of a worthy candidate, perhaps you might... [Read more...]

CRÈCHES MAKE COMEBACK

Every December the Catholic League presses its case that crèches should adorn the public square. From public parks to public schools, league activists have succeeded in getting the authorities to recognize that it is unfair to deny the placement of a crèche when space has been provided for menorahs. This past December was no different. Reports of... [Read more...]

HOWARD STERN DISCOVERS BIGOTRY

Radio talk show guru Howard Stern is infamous for many reasons, not the least for his Catholic bashing. For example, on many occasions, Stern has libeled priests by making sweeping generalizations on the basis of a few wayward members of the clergy. He has a particular fondness for branding all priests as pedophiles. It was with some interest, then,... [Read more...]

SMITHSONIAN MUSEUM REVISES TEXT AFTER PROTEST

When the Catholic League was first asked by the Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, for permission to display one of the league’s anti-condom posters, it gladly said yes; the museum is a Smithsonian Institution gallery in New York City. The poster, 10,000 of which were displayed in New York City subways in 1994, is reprinted below: Want... [Read more...]

CONGRESSIONAL STAFFER DISCIPLINED AFTER LEAGUE PROTEST

In mid-December, B.J. Rudell, a staffer for Congressman Bob Clement of Nashville, Tennessee, posted via e-mail and the Internet an offensive statement about the pope. In The Hotline: Daily Briefing on American Politics, Rudell submitted a list of the “Top Ten Surprising Confessions Made by the Pope.” Included in this “humorous”... [Read more...]

SEED SOWERS SOWS ROTTEN SEEDS

Seed Sowers, an anti-Catholic Protestant-based group from Vermont, has been sending anti-Catholic literature to Catholic priests. When asked by the league to “cease and desist,” director Stephen Colbeth wrote that “The Roman Catholic System is deceiving many people.” He added “You will be wise to depart from the false doctrines... [Read more...]

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