HATE MAIL

Catalyst July/August Issue 2000

It never fails: whenever we put an op-ed page ad in the New York Times, we get hate mail. Here’s a sample of our latest, stemming from our ad in the June 5 edition of the Times. “You really hated and feared your Mother’s power, eh? that she was able to do what you can never do. You truly hate women, don’t you? You want POWER, you hateful and... [Read more...]

PROGRESS ON ANTI-CATHOLIC ADS

Catalyst July/August Issue 2000

The on-going struggle to protest the placement of anti-Catholic ads in major newspapers is working: we have successfully stopped dozens of these ads from reappearing.  The latest to respect our message is the Huntsville Times of Huntsville, Alabama.  The editor, Joe Distelheim, actually wrote an editorial on the subject explaining to readers why... [Read more...]

AL ROKER INSULTS NUNS; GETS GREASED BY FLO HENDERSON

Catalyst July/August Issue 2000

The “Today” show weatherman, Al Roker, made the rounds on talk TV shows in June promoting his new book.  Unfortunately, every chance he got he told an insulting joke about nuns.   That drew the ire of the Catholic League and a flurry of media interest.  Things got worse when “Later Today” show host Florence Henderson asked Roker about our... [Read more...]

A LOT TO LEARN

Catalyst July/August Issue 2000

On June 26, at a ceremony to commemorate the cracking of the genetic code, President Clinton said, “Today we are learning the language in which God created life.” At his side was Dr. James D. Watson, co-discoverer of the structure of DNA. Now it is well-known that the president is largely responsible for keeping partial-birth abortions legal. ... [Read more...]

GORE’S RESPONSE TO DONOHUE BOMBS BADLY

Catalyst July/August Issue 2000

On June 1, William Donohue wrote to vice president Al Gore asking him to support the Vatican’s request that the World Gay Pride march either be postponed or moved to another location (the event took place July 1-July 9 in Rome).  On July 3, Gore faxed a letter to Donohue explaining why he would do nothing; he also took the occasion to urge tolerance... [Read more...]

FORMER MONK BASHES CHURCH ON TV

Catalyst July/August Issue 2000

MSG Metro, a cable channel owned by Cablevision, aired a program in June that drew a quick response from the Catholic League.   As part of its “Unblinking Eye” series, the station featured “The Monk at the Duplex,” a play by Christopher Hennelly.  Hennelly, who spent five and a half years in a Franciscan monastery, is known for his Catholic... [Read more...]

“FATHER” RASI REDUX

Catalyst July/August Issue 2000

In the June Catalyst we urged members to contact the producer of “Larry King Live!” to complain about the selection of Father Richard Rasi on the May 2 show.  Father Rasi was critical of King for introducing him as a “gay defrocked priest” and then proceeded to misrepresent Catholic teaching on homosexuality.  We reported that there is no... [Read more...]

NEW ORLEANS HOUSE OF BLUES

Catalyst July/August Issue 2000

The House of Blues is a string of nightclubs found in large metropolitan areas.  We once had a problem with its logo, a rendition of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, but thanks in large part to the efforts of the late Cardinal Bernardin, we were able to convince the owner of the chain that its logo should be modified.  Now the New Orleans club has drawn... [Read more...]

HELLO—VOUCHERS ANYONE?

Catalyst July/August Issue 2000

The schools in Oakland, California are so violent that hundreds of parents recently asked Mayor Jerry Brown to establish a charter school run by the National Guard.  Brown accepted the idea, floated it by the school board, and watched it die a quick death.  While this was going on, the ACLU filed a class-action lawsuit against California, claiming... [Read more...]

CATHOLICISM THRASHED IN CINEMAX MOVIE

Catalyst July/August Issue 2000

On May 26, Cinemax TV aired a movie starring Woody Allen, “Picking Up the Pieces,” that thrashes Catholicism from beginning to end.  The plot revolves around a butcher (Allen) who slices up his wife and buries her in the desert.  One of the hands is found (giving the finger) by a blind woman who brings it to a priest.  The woman, now cured of... [Read more...]

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