HENRY HYDE, R.I.P.

Catalyst January/February Issue 2008, Front Page

Congressman Henry Hyde died on November 29 at the age of 83. Asked to comment on his death, Bill Donohue said, “The pro-life community has lost a giant of a man with a giant of a heart—Rep. Henry Hyde. His courageous defense of the least among us inspired millions of Americans to stand up for the rights of the unborn. We have lost a national treasure.” Hyde... [Read more...]

“GOLDEN COMPASS” FLOPS; BOYCOTT WORKS

Catalyst January/February Issue 2008, Front Page

The goal of the Catholic League was to stop “The Golden Compass” from meeting box office expectations, thus making it unlikely that there would be a movie based on the second and third volumes of Philip Pullman’s trilogy, His Dark Materials. Looks like we won on both counts. Even our adversaries begrudgingly concede we were victorious. The movie... [Read more...]

SCIENCE UNDERMINES ABORTION ACTIVISTS

Catalyst January/February Issue 2008, From The President's Desk

William A. Donohue Abortion activists never tire of bragging how much they want to empower women, allowing them to make informed choices regarding abortion. The truth is just the opposite: champions of abortion are threatened by knowledge, especially scientific knowledge. Their goal, to put it bluntly, is to deny women information that might entice... [Read more...]

CHRISTMAS CENSORS WERE BUSY AGAIN

Catalyst January/February Issue 2008

Here are some examples of attempts to censor Christmas in 2007: · For 75 years, the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce sponsored the ‘Hollywood Christmas Parade.’ When it refused to sponsor the parade this year, the L.A. City Council took over, renaming it the ‘Hollywood Santa Parade.’ · The Department of Housing and Urban Development has censored... [Read more...]

MANGER SCENES VANDALIZED

Catalyst January/February Issue 2008

The following are locations where crèches and Christmas displays were attacked during the Christmas season: · Foreman, Arkansas · Rogers, Arkansas · Antioch, California · Glastonbury, Connecticut · Arredondo Farms, Florida (three instances) · Bal Harbour, Florida · Fort Walton Beach, Florida · Panama City, Florida (more than a dozen... [Read more...]

WINTER CONCERT INANITY

Catalyst January/February Issue 2008

A father with two sons in a public elementary school in the Maryland suburbs of Washington D.C. contacted the Catholic League after attending the school’s “Winter Concert.” While the man was troubled by the lack of any religious songs at a concert so close to Christmas, one act in particular really concerned him. A class of children sang the song... [Read more...]

RELIGIOUS DISCRIMINATION IN NYC SCHOOLS

Catalyst January/February Issue 2008

On October 24 Catholic League president Bill Donohue wrote to New York City Schools Chancellor Joel Klein in regards to the display of crèches in the schools. Donohue wrote, “There is no constitutional prohibition or court ruling that disallows the display of nativity scenes in the New York City public schools.” Donohue received a response from... [Read more...]

CATHOLICISM TARRED BY CHRISTIAN FILM

Catalyst January/February Issue 2008

On December 7, Gener8Xion Entertainment, a prominent Protestant film company, released “Noëlle.” The film, which is a story about two dissatisfied priests questioning their vocations, was promoted as “a parable of forgiveness and grace.” In the synopsis provided by Gener8Xion, it accurately describes Jonathan Keene as “a young Catholic priest... [Read more...]

SPRINGER’S “OPERA” COMES TO CARNEGIE HALL

Catalyst January/February Issue 2008

On January 29 and 30, New York City’s Carnegie Hall will be home to “Jerry Springer: The Opera in Concert.” The production is ostensibly a spoof on the television chat show of which Mr. Springer is host. On his show, Springer trots out America’s unfortunates and questions them about their family problems, sexual deviancies and emotional plagues.... [Read more...]

PLANNED PARENTHOOD’S IDEA OF CHRISTMAS

Catalyst January/February Issue 2008

Every Christmas season, Planned Parenthood e-mails its supporters a Christmas card titled, “Choice on Earth.” This year the e-mail had an accompanying video featuring, “Moments that inspired us in 2007.” One of the highlights of the year was the opening of a new clinic in Aurora, Illinois. Catholic League president Bill Donohue ripped into Planned... [Read more...]

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