CINNAMON “NUN BUN” ADS WITHDRAWN

Catalyst July/August Issue 1997, Front Page

Following a protest by the Catholic League, Cinnabon, the national chain of food stores that sells cinnamon buns, recently withdrew all of its ads that featured a nun character. And Bongo Java, the creator of the cinnamon bun which resembles Mother Teresa, has halted production of its bun. The Cinnabon ads featured an elderly stern-looking nun in a... [Read more...]

LEGAL SOFTWARE OUTLET CHANGES LOGO

Catalyst July/August Issue 1997, Front Page

A San Francisco-based legal support software company, Legal Summation, has agreed to accede to the Catholic League’s request to change its logo from one that resembled the Sacred Heart of Jesus to one that bears no clear relationship. The logo in question was a heart with the word “Summation” draped across it; flames emanated from the... [Read more...]

CATHOLIC CONVULSIONS

Catalyst July/August Issue 1997, From The President's Desk

William A. Donohue The Catholic League is dubbed “pathetic” by Father Andrew Greeley and is called “semiparanoid” and “un-American” by David Carlin of Commonweal, a journal of liberal Catholic opinion. Both claim to be exercised about anti-Catholicism and yet neither has a good word to say about the one organization... [Read more...]

AMERICAN JEWISH CONGRESS CENSORS LEAGUE

Catalyst July/August Issue 1997, Essay

On May 21, two New York Jewish organizations censored literature supplied by the Catholic League for a conference on prejudice. The Bi-County Conference for Educators, a group from Nassau and Suffolk Counties on Long Island, held a conference entitled, “Reducing Prejudice: A Matter of Education.” It was principally sponsored by the American... [Read more...]

MEDIA FLAG “EX-ALTAR BOY” STATUS OF DEFENDANT

In May, two 15-year-olds, a boy and a girl, were arrested for the Central Park murder of a Manhattan man. Nothing unusual about that, but there was something unusual about the way the New York media played the story: newspapers, TV and radio news shows all cited the “ex-altar boy” status of defendant Chris Vasquez. On May 26, the New York Daily... [Read more...]

DONOHUE ON EWTN

League members will now be able to get quick updates on what we’re doing by watching the news segment on EWTN. William Donohue started taping short commentaries on the league’s work in June; his remarks will be broadcast several times a week. The first five shows were taped by a camera crew that EWTN recruited in New York. Donohue will do three... [Read more...]

CHICAGO CLUB EXPLOITS CATHOLICISM

A new nightclub called Convent opened in Chicago on May 9. When it opened, it is was evident that the thematic element to the club was Catholicism and the treatment that it was accorded was decidedly irreverent. The club was adorned with Catholic imagery and the bartenders and waitresses were dressed in Catholic garb. As part of its marketing strategy,... [Read more...]

STATUE OF MARY BEHEADED IN MIAMI

When the parishioners of St. Philomena Catholic Church went to Mass on May 15, they found a statue of the Virgin Mary beheaded. The church, which is located in the Little Havana section of Miami, was the scene of what its pastor called a “hate crime”; the police agree with Father Timothy Hopkins and have listed the crime as such. The statue’s... [Read more...]

VICTORY IN AGOSTINI

On June 23, the U.S. Supreme Court, in Agostini v. Felton, overturned previous high court decisions that prohibited public school teachers from offering remedial work to nonpublic school students who attended “pervasively sectarian” schools. The Catholic League filed an amicus brief in Agostini supporting the restoration of this previously... [Read more...]

MIXED BAG IN BOERNE

The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in City of Boerne v. Flores, Archbishop of San Antonio declared as unconstitutional the Religious Freedom Restoration Act. The 1993 law said that any law that imposed a “substantial burden” on someone’s religious beliefs must serve a “compelling” government interest. When tested inBoerne,... [Read more...]

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