January/February Issue 2011

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SMITHSONIAN PULLS VIDEO; WILD UPROAR ENSUES

By | January 26th, 2011|Categories: Catalyst Online, Front Page|Tags: |

On November 30, following a complaint registered by the Catholic League, the Smithsonian Institution pulled a video showing ants crawling all over Jesus on the Cross. The ensuing uproar was worldwide: the artistic community exploded in anger at both the Smithsonian and the Catholic League. Forums were held in many American cities, as well as in [...]

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CHRISTMAS SHOWDOWNS

By | January 26th, 2011|Categories: Catalyst Online, Front Page|Tags: |

The big battle this past Christmas season was the showdown between American Atheists and the Catholic League; we effectively checkmated their anti-Christmas message. When news reports surfaced about the American Atheist billboard campaign—they put an anti-Christmas billboard on the New Jersey side of the Lincoln Tunnel—we were contacted by an 80-year old gentleman from New York [...]

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SMITHSONIAN MADNESS

By | January 26th, 2011|Categories: Catalyst Online, From The President's Desk|Tags: |

FROM THE PRESIDENT’S DESK William Donohue By now, everyone knows that we objected to the video that showed large ants crawling all over Jesus on the Cross, but what is less well known is that this “contribution” to art was just one piece of a gay and lesbian exhibition. For the record, I did not know [...]

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LIVING WITHIN THE TRUTH

By | January 26th, 2011|Categories: Catalyst Online, Essay|Tags: |

(This article is an excerpt from an address given in Slovakia last year) Living within the truth means living according to Jesus Christ and God’s Word in Sacred Scripture. It means proclaiming the truth of the Christian Gospel, not only by our words but by our example. It means living every day and every moment from [...]

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ARCHBISHOP DOLAN DEFENDS CATHOLIC LEAGUE

By | January 26th, 2011|Categories: Catalyst Online, Features|Tags: |

New York Archbishop Timothy Dolan wrote the following article, published on his blog, following the barrage of criticism targeted at the Catholic League for protesting the ants-on-Jesus Smithsonian video. We are enormously grateful for his support.  It almost seems to be an unspoken rule that Christians, and Catholics in particular, are not supposed to respond to [...]

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DUPLICITY MARKS WASHINGTON POST

By | January 26th, 2011|Categories: Catalyst Online, Features|Tags: |

On December 3, the Washington Post issued an editorial condemning the Catholic League for “censoring” the Smithsonian video. Below is Bill Donohue’s response, released to the press: On November 30, I issued a news release objecting to a vile video that showed large ants crawling all over Jesus on the Cross. What mattered more than the [...]

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WASHINGTON POST CHAT

By | January 26th, 2011|Categories: Catalyst Online, Features|Tags: |

At the height of the controversy over the Smithsonian exhibition, Bill Donohue was invited by the Washington Post to enter an online discussion with his critics. They posed the questions, and he chose which ones to answer. Below is a selection of the Q&A: Washington, D.C.: Mr. Donohue, I can’t begin to say how angry and [...]

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STATE MANGER SCENES ON DISPLAY

By | January 26th, 2011|Categories: Catalyst Online, Features|Tags: |

The following states contacted the Catholic League saying they were displaying the crèche we donated on public property at Christmastime:  Alabama: Gov. Bob Riley Arkansas: Gov. Mike Beebe Idaho: Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter Kansas: Gov. Mark Parkinson Kentucky: Gov. Steve Beshear Maine: Gov. John Baldacci Mississippi: Gov. Haley Barbour Montana: Gov. Brian Schweitzer Nevada: Gov. Jim [...]

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GOVERNORS’ REACTION IS MIXED

By | January 26th, 2011|Categories: Catalyst Online, Features|Tags: |

We sent all 50 governors a manger scene to be displayed during the Christmas season, and most did not have the courtesy of even replying. As you can see from the above list, we received the best regional response from the South; the worst came from the West Coast. New York returned the crèche, though the [...]

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CHRISTMAS VANDALS RETURN

By | January 26th, 2011|Categories: Catalyst Online, Features|Tags: |

During each Christmas season, our desks are loaded with stories on Christmas vandalism. This year was no different. Here is a list of incidents that came to our attention: • Vandals burned the City of Birmingham’s Christmas tree in Alabama. • The police chief in Middleboro, Massachusetts said he received more reports of theft and vandalism [...]

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