MESSAGE RECEIVED

Catalyst July/August Issue 2001

We were beginning to wonder whether the Star-Telegram was ever going to get the message. But, happily, they have. We finally have good reason to believe that the Fort Worth, Texas, newspaper will not be insulting Catholics any time too soon. Here’s what happened. Like a lot of newspapers, the Star-Telegram likes to run snappy little quotes on... [Read more...]

THE ACLU’S IDEA OF FREE SPEECH

Catalyst July/August Issue 2001

One of the problems with the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) is that it tends to get over-heated on a regular basis. This is especially the case when the subject turns to the public expression of religion. Few doubt that the Ten Commandments historically symbolize the roots of American culture, but that hasn’t stopped the ACLU from trying to... [Read more...]

BBC BASHES CATHOLICS IN “A LOVE DIVIDED”

Catalyst July/August Issue 2001

“A Love Divided” is another BBC-produced movie that we didn’t appreciate. It is based on an allegedly true story about a Protestant woman, married to a Catholic, who brings her children up Protestant in Ireland in the 1950s after pledging to bring them up Catholic. As the story goes, when a local priest objects, the woman flees to Northern... [Read more...]

BERRY REPLIES

Catalyst July/August Issue 2001

In the May Catalyst, we ran a short piece citing William Donohue’s criticism of author Jason Berry. The article, “Put Up or Shut Up,” took Berry to task for saying, “Theologians who question ancient church teachings on sexuality are routinely forced into silence.” Donohue then publicly challenged Berry to identify who these... [Read more...]

SPIN DOCTORS DEFEND “CORPUS CHRISTI”

Catalyst July/August Issue 2001

Readers of Catalyst are aware that over the past few months we have protested the anti-Catholic play, “Corpus Christi.” The Terrence McNally play, which opened Off-Broadway in New York in 1998 (and never made it to Broadway because it was so bad), was recently performed at Florida Atlantic University (FAU) and is scheduled to be performed... [Read more...]

VOUCHER SEE-SAW

Catalyst July/August Issue 2001

We’ve been on a voucher see-saw for what seems like an eternity. As usual, the same two topics dominate the discussion: the undeniable success of private, especially parochial, education and the undeniable opposition that school choice still provokes. At about the same time that the U.S. Senate was voting down another school choice provision, the... [Read more...]

ALE OR ART?

Catalyst July/August Issue 2001

In a June 22 article on the Catholic League, Washington Times reporter Jennifer Harper asked William Donohue who were the most difficult people he has had to deal with during his eight years on the job. “The worst, the most clearly arrogant of the bunch are the artists and academics,” Donohue said. Both segments of the population, he offered, ”use... [Read more...]

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