DISNEY ASKED TO DUMP MIRAMAX; FEUD ERUPTS WITH LAWYERS, HILLARY

Catalyst July/August Issue 1999, Front Page

The battle over “Dogma” is in full-swing. The Catholic League is in possession of the script and will soon make available a booklet that describes why the film is so offensive (it is scheduled to open in October). On June 22, at a press conference on the film, William Donohue dubbed it “Howard Stern-type humor,” filled with filthy... [Read more...]

LIBRARY OF CONGRESS APOLOGIZES

Catalyst July/August Issue 1999, Front Page

Father Thomas Haren walked into the Library of Congress on January 22nd and was told by a security guard that he had to remove the sweatshirt he was wearing over his Roman collar. He was informed that his sweatshirt was “political” and therefore could not be worn in the library. The sweatshirt read, “St. Jerome Church Marches for... [Read more...]

TAKING ON THE HEAVYWEIGHTS

Catalyst July/August Issue 1999, From The President's Desk

William A. Donohue Six years ago, on July 1, 1993, I took over as president of the Catholic League. When I began, I routinely had to explain to reporters who we were. Now we get calls, on a daily basis, from Los Angeles to London, asking for an interview. And when I read the Los Angeles Times, I find statements like the one of June 18: “The... [Read more...]

LESSONS OF LITTLETON

Catalyst July/August Issue 1999

The recent school shootings in Littleton, Colorado and Conyers, Georgia raise significant questions regarding the proper relationship between church and state. The Catholic League made its position clear to the media and was only too willing to address this issue on national TV. We discussed the moral vacuum in the schools that has been evident over... [Read more...]

CATHOLICS—GET OUT!

Catalyst July/August Issue 1999

Vincent and Letizia Coppola recently spent a small fortune renovating their home in the Brooklyn neighborhood of Manhattan Beach. Italian immigrants, they had a big round sculpture of Madonna and Child engraved on their second floor balcony that extends in front of their house. The stone carving drove immediately led to threatening letters from neighbors... [Read more...]

GINGER SPICE SHOULD BUTT OUT

Catalyst July/August Issue 1999

Ex-Spice Girl Geri (“Ginger Spice”) Halliwell landed in the Philippines in June advocating condom use and “safe sex.” Saying that it was “everybody’s fundamental right” to use condoms, Halliwell made her remarks on the first day of her tour as United Nations goodwill ambassador. She was criticized by officials of... [Read more...]

ANTI-ISLAMIC RHETORIC

Catalyst July/August Issue 1999

On June 24, the Catholic League was asked by the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) to join with them in condemning some disturbing statements that were directed at the Muslim community by a foreign policy analyst for the Senate Republican Policy Committee. We did not hesitate to do so. “The Muslim Advance and American Collaboration”... [Read more...]

RELIGIOUS LIBERTY WINS

Catalyst July/August Issue 1999

In May, the Religious Liberty Protection Act (RLPA) sailed threw the House Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on the Constitution. The bill protects religious practices from governmental interference. RLPA prohibits the government from placing a substantial burden on religious practices “unless it is the least restrictive means of furthering... [Read more...]

ANTI-VOUCHER ACTIVISTS TURN ANTI-CATHOLIC

Catalyst July/August Issue 1999

It never fails to happen. Whenever school voucher programs are under serious consideration, up pops dishonesty and anti-Catholicism. What recently happened in Pennsylvania is a perfect example. In May, Governor Tom Ridge of Pennsylvania put forth two new proposals to reform education. The “Academic Recovery Act” would allow for parents who... [Read more...]

HATE MAIL

Catalyst July/August Issue 1999

If anyone doubts that Catholics are hated by many in this country, let them read these letters. All of them were e-mailed to us following the article by Howard Rosenberg in theLos Angeles Times reporting that Fox will no longer tolerate cheap shots at Catholics on “The Simpsons.” See the article on this subject on page . We have not corrected... [Read more...]

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