“CONDOM CHRISTMAS TREE” FAILS; CHRISTMAS BASHING CONTINUES

Catalyst January/February Issue 1999, Front Page

Levi Strauss, the San Francisco-based apparel company, wanted to put up a giant Christmas tree in New York’s Central Park, adorned with thousands of condoms. But it ran into opposition from the Catholic League and lost. The denim manufacturer thought that its “condom Christmas tree” would be a fitting tribute to World AIDS Day on December... [Read more...]

A QUIET VICTORY

Catalyst January/February Issue 1999, Front Page

In mid-November, a Catholic League member contacted us about something unusual. A nationwide store, Wet Seals, Inc., with headquarters in Foothill Ranch, California, was selling women’s panties with the face of Mary and baby Jesus on the front and back of the underwear. We secured a pair and then contacted the president of the company, Kathy Bronstein. We... [Read more...]

THE CATHOLIC MIND

Catalyst January/February Issue 1999, From The President's Desk

William A. Donohue It is always risky to speak of the mind-set of collectivities, whether it be that of a race, ethnic or religious group, but sociologically such a concept is definable. Just as every individual possesses a conscience, every group possesses a cast-of-mind, or vision of the world; it is one that reflects its collective experience. That... [Read more...]

DOES “PRO-CHOICE” ALSO MEAN “ANTI-CATHOLIC”?

Catalyst January/February Issue 1999, Essay

By Kenneth D. Whitehead A well-known contemporary American playwright publicly claimed that Pope John Paul II “endorses murder” and accused him and other religious leaders of being “homicidal liars” after the brutal murder of an admitted gay man in Wyoming. Merely by continuing to champion the Catholic Church’s teachings,... [Read more...]

PHOTO MOUNTS VILE ATTACK ON JESUS, MARY AND JOSEPH

Catalyst January/February Issue 1999

The November edition of the French publication, Photo, which was the issue that was being sold in the United States in December, had a picture on the cover of a bare-breasted woman hanging on a cross with a crown of thorns around her head. The cover story was entitled “The Life of Jesus in Photos.” The fourteen page-story had a picture... [Read more...]

RAW BIGOTRY

Catalyst January/February Issue 1999

The hatred of the Catholic Church is so deep in some people that they literally can’t stop from bashing the Church any chance they get. For example, there is a travel book called Rome, published by Cadogen, a British publisher, and in it are some surprises. In this volume by Dana Facaros and Michael Pauls, there is a discussion of Vatican City. But... [Read more...]

HUNTER COLLEGE NEWSPAPER SPORTS “CONDOM JESUS”

Catalyst January/February Issue 1999

The November 24 edition of the Hunter College newspaper, Envoy, carried two pictures of a man putting a condom on his penis; below was a graphic representation of Jesus crucified to the cross, wearing a condom on his erect penis. This segment of the newspaper was entitled, “Culture Shock: Envoy Arts and Culture.” Hunter is part of the City... [Read more...]

GAY PLAYS CONTINUE TO RIP CATHOLICISM

Catalyst January/February Issue 1999

Just before Thanksgiving, a gay play that attacks Catholicism began in New York, while another that is scheduled to begin in Washington, D.C. this spring was announced; a third opened in New York the week before Christmas. The first to open was “Burning Habits,” an eight-part play at Here in SoHo, a New York Off-Off Broadway theater; it... [Read more...]

SWEEPS WINNER

Catalyst January/February Issue 1999

Anthony Hacker of Milwaukee, Wisconsin was the winner of the 1998 Catholic League Christmas Sweepstakes. The beautiful Lenox Nativity set was sent to him in time for Christmas. Congratulations, Tony, and thanks to all who participated.  Read More →

LOUISIANA JUDGE DICTATES TO CATHOLIC SCHOOL

Catalyst January/February Issue 1999

The scenario is almost surreal, but it did happen. Two football players from Archbishop Shaw High School in Marrero, Louisiana get arrested and are charged with one count of attempted simple rape of a 15-year-old girl. The two students, Doug King and Jared King, are immediately suspended by Shaw principal Father Richard Rosin. But the suspension gets... [Read more...]

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