PAROCHIAL SCHOOL DEBATE EXPLODES

Catalyst January/February Issue 2000

The debate over public funds for parochial schools exploded at the end of 1999 when the courts addressed the issue forthrightly. The U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments in December in what may be a landmark decision. The case, Mitchell v. Helms, involves the question of whether the Constitution permits the use of public money to put computers and... [Read more...]

CNN OFFERS CLARIFICATION

Catalyst January/February Issue 2000

On December 15, on CNN’s “Showbiz Today,” CNN correspondent Gloria Hillard commented that the Catholic League had successfully killed the TV show, “Nothing Sacred.” She then said that “Protests, angry campaigns, and even death threats accompanied the opening of ‘Dogma.’” Next to speak was Kevin Smith, the writer/director... [Read more...]

LOCKWOOD JOINS LEAGUE

Catalyst January/February Issue 2000

At the end of 1999, Robert Lockwood resigned from his position as president of the publishing division of Our Sunday Visitor. Lockwood, who sits on the board of directors of the Catholic League, began 2000 by accepting a new post at the Catholic League, Director of Research. Bob brings to the league considerable strengths in publishing, writing and... [Read more...]

DISNEY/MIRAMAX TAKE A DIVE

Catalyst January/February Issue 2000

Many in the media often question the Catholic League strategy of protesting movies we object to, arguing that we are only drawing more attention to the films, thus securing greater proceeds for the offender. But if this were necessarily true, then how does one explain the fact that both Disney and its subsidiary, Miramax, have taken a beating lately? Third-quarter... [Read more...]

LEAGUE JOINS AMICUS BRIEF IN JOHNSON CASE

Catalyst January/February Issue 2000

On January 12, the Center for Law and Religious Freedom filed an amicus brief which the Catholic League joined as a co-amicus in Johnson v. Economic Development Corporation of the County of Oakland; it is being appealed to the sixth circuit. The district court rejected the constitutional challenge to the municipal issuance of tax-exempt bonds to pay... [Read more...]

LT. BERRY PROMOTED

Catalyst January/February Issue 2000

Last summer, the Catholic League took up the case of Lt. Ryan Berry, the Air Force officer who cited his Catholic conscious as the reason why he refused to work with a female officer in a small underground silo; the Air Force threatened to punish Berry for his position. We held a press conference on Capitol Hill on his behalf and asked our members to... [Read more...]

BROOKLYN MUSEUM DEBATE RAGES TO THE END

Catalyst January/February Issue 2000

The debate over the Brooklyn Museum of Art exhibition, “Sensation,” raged until its final day on January 9. The Catholic League led a protest of the painting, “The Holy Virgin Mary,” which featured a dung-splattered portrait of Our Blessed Mother laden with pornographic pictures. To say the least, the debate drew some unusual... [Read more...]

A CHRISTMAS PRESENT FROM “DATELINE”

Catalyst January/February Issue 2000

The NBC show, “Dateline,” gave Catholics a Christmas present by featuring a segment on a Catholic-operated mental hospital that existed in Quebec a half-century ago. The segment, “Suffer the Little Children; Orphans Sent to Mental Hospitals Demand Restitution,” showed the Catholic Church at its worst; it aired on December 21. The... [Read more...]

DONOHUE THE ANTI-CHRIST?

Catalyst January/February Issue 2000

Ready for this? There is now an Anti-Catholic League. You can access information at www.juicycerebellum.com and learn how sick some of our adversaries really are. “Welcome to the ‘Anti-Catholic League,’” the home page says, “a segment of ‘The Juicy Cerebellum’ created specifically to keep Americans who aren’t crazy, safe... [Read more...]

ABC’S “THE PRACTICE” CONTINUES TO BAIT CATHOLICS

Catalyst January/February Issue 2000

In the November 28 episode of the ABC show, “The Practice,” an attorney, Jimmy, informed a judge, Roberta, that he is breaking up with her. She told him that he’ll be coming back and then explained why: “Because of your mother and father. You were raised as a strict Catholic, you grew up sexually repressed, and what you’re going... [Read more...]

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