REGENTS REVISIONS

Catalyst July/August Issue 1999

High school students in New York State have long taken Regents exams; they are standardized aptitude tests that are given in all the traditional subjects. Exam questions from previous years usually appear in the test-preparatory volumes used by Barron’s books. When going over the 1998 Regents exam in Global Studies, Father Fred Marano of Cathedral... [Read more...]

NEVER TOO LATE

Catalyst July/August Issue 1999

In the state of Washington, there is a law that prohibits the issuance of a liquor license to any operation that is within 500 feet of a school. A public school, that is. So when the 99 Cent Smoke Shop in Seattle applied for a beer and wine license near a Catholic school, it was granted. The Catholic League entered the case and found that the Washington... [Read more...]

CLINTONESQUE MOVE TENURES HORMEL

Catalyst July/August Issue 1999

For the past few years, President Clinton has been trying to appoint James Hormel as Ambassador to Luxembourg. The U.S. Senate has deliberately held up this appointment, partly because Hormel still refuses to dissociate himself from the anti-Catholic group, the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence. During the 10-day Memorial Day recess, Clinton installed... [Read more...]

FOX GETS MESSAGE ON “SIMPSONS”

Catalyst July/August Issue 1999

In June, Howard Rosenberg, media critic for the Los Angeles Times, provided an inside look into the controversy surrounding the Catholic League and its battle against the Fox TV show, “The Simpsons.” While no fan of the league’s (e.g. Rosenberg says that our “fanatical crusade against ‘Nothing Sacred’ helped drive that achingly... [Read more...]

WFOR TV, MIAMI, AIRS “NEWS” STORY ON CONFESSION

Catalyst July/August Issue 1999

On May 16, the CBS affiliate in Miami, WFOR TV, featured a story on its late-night news that depicted the Catholic Sacrament of Reconciliation in a most questionable way. All throughout the movie that preceded it, “Joan of Arc,” promotions for this “news story” were flagged. The news segment informed viewers that many Catholics... [Read more...]

FOUL PLAY

Catalyst July/August Issue 1999

We heard about a foul play on a college campus, registered a protest, and got a pledge that it won’t appear again. Some of our diligent members notified us that an anti-Catholic play, “Contagion of the Night,” was staged in April at St. Louis Community College and was scheduled for another performance in the fall. We got a hold of the... [Read more...]

THERE WILL BE NO DEBATE

Catalyst July/August Issue 1999

On May 13, at the 92 Street Y in New York City, Rabbi Marvin Hier of the Simon Wiesenthal Center in Los Angeles, took aim at Pope Pius XII. Rabbi Hier said that making Pius a saint would “demean the meaning of sainthood” and “desecrate the memory of the Holocaust.” Pius was described as the “pope of the Holocaust”... [Read more...]

AMICUS FILED

Catalyst July/August Issue 1999

The Catholic League has signed on to an amicus brief filed by the Becket Fund in the case of Kiryas Joel. About 45 miles northwest of New York City lies the village of Kiryas Joel, a community of Satmar Hasidic Jews. At issue is whether this religiously- streamlined community can maintain its own school district for disabled children. It is the position... [Read more...]

DWI FILM NIXED

Catalyst July/August Issue 1999

If you’re caught driving while intoxicated, the police summon you with a DWI offense. Typically, offenders are required to attend education program. Some Catholics in New York who got nailed with a DWI were astonished to view a short film on the subject that included a priest sexually molesting a young altar boy. What this had to do with combating... [Read more...]

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