“ELIZABETH” IS “RESOLUTELY ANTI-CATHOLIC”

Catalyst January/February Issue 1999

When Queen Elizabeth I, a Protestant, succeeded her Catholic half-sister Mary to the throne in 1558, England was in the midst of seething Catholic-Protestant conflict. It was spawned by her father, King Henry VIII, who broke with the Catholic Church over the pope’s refusal to sanction his divorce, and persecuted those who remained faithful to Rome—ultimately... [Read more...]

“JESUS” ADS RESTORED

Catalyst January/February Issue 1999

All the signs said were, “A gift to die for. Jesus did,” and “The gift that keeps on forgiving. Jesus.” But that was enough to have them pulled from 158 buses in San Diego. It seems that the San Diego Metropolitan Transit Development Board (MTDB) has a policy which bars advertisement that “might be offensive to any religious,... [Read more...]

WANT PRO-LIFERS IN CONGRESS?

Catalyst January/February Issue 1999

Catholics who want to see more pro-life members in the House of Representatives and the Senate are urged to join the Susan B. Anthony List. Its mission statement says that it is “organized to train and elect pro-life women candidates to federal office.” It is a non-partisan, non-profit, 501 (c) (4) venture: the organization gives to Republican,... [Read more...]

FIEGER TAKES HIS CATHOLIC BASHING TO RADIO

Catalyst January/February Issue 1999

Geoffrey Fieger, Dr. Kevorkian’s former lawyer, has hit the radio talk-show circuit on WXYT-AM in Detroit. Having recently run an unsuccessful campaign for the Michigan gubernatorial post, Fieger railed against the Catholic Church in his show’s debut on November 30. According to the Detroit Free Press, “Fieger said Catholic archdiocesan spokesman... [Read more...]

“THE SIMPSONS” GETS TOO CUTE

Catalyst January/February Issue 1999

The Fox animated TV show, “The Simpsons,” is loved by millions for its engaging characters. It was with regret, therefore, that we were forced to take issue with its November 22 episode. It was on that show that the following exchange took place while the family was driving home from a church service: Bart: “I’m starving. Mom, can... [Read more...]

DESECRATIONS

Catalyst January/February Issue 1999

Catholic League member Rose Alfidi recently wrote to us about church desecrations in Ohio. She sent several pictures of statues, Jesus and Mary included, that have been desecrated. She interested in knowing how common a problem this is around the country. So are we. Please let us know of any such incidents in your area. We no sooner heard from Rose... [Read more...]

VOUCHER FOES EXPOSE REAL AGENDA

Catalyst January/February Issue 1999

On December 8, activists on behalf of public education met in Milwaukee to outline a 12-point action plan to protect public schools from the threat of the Milwaukee voucher program. Led by People for the American Way and the NAACP, the activists charged that private and religious schools that receive funds from the Milwaukee voucher program should be... [Read more...]

WRESTLING “CRUCIFIXION” ALTERED

Catalyst January/February Issue 1999

On Monday, December 7, on the USA Network, wrestling star “Stone Cold” Steve Austin was strapped by his wrists to a cross-like structure while Gregorian chants played and an image of a Celtic cross flashed behind him; those responsible for the “crucifixion” were associates of the “Undertaker,” another wresting favorite. When... [Read more...]

UNWORTHY OF OUR ATTENTION

Catalyst January/February Issue 1999

It began with a phone call in November, from a public relations consultant for a “realist painter” whose work was to go on display in New York’s Forum Gallery on December 1. It seemed that the agent was “concerned” about a painting entitled “Pieta,” featuring Mary as “a mulatto maiden in bondage (leather and... [Read more...]

AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY JUSTIFIES BIGOTRY

Catalyst January/February Issue 1999

This past fall, an anti-Catholic group, the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, held a “wig drive” in San Francisco to benefit the American Cancer Society (ACS); over $1300 and 100 wigs were collected to service women who have suffered hair loss as a result of breast cancer. As is customary, the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence paraded as drag... [Read more...]

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