“THE VIEW” IGNITES PROTEST; BARBARA WALTERS CITED

Catalyst July/August Issue 2007, Front Page

The Catholic League’s patience with “The View” ran out on May 31. That was the day the ABC show attacked Catholicism for the 15th time since September; it was the second hit to occur within a two-week period. Our response was to finger the show’s co-owner, Barbara Walters, as the guilty party in a New York Times op-ed page... [Read more...]

JUDICIAL MISCONDUCT

Catalyst July/August Issue 2007, Front Page

We have an update on the anti-Catholic resolution that was passed by the San Francisco Board of Supervisors last year: we filed a complaint of judicial misconduct against Judge Marilyn Hall Patel, and it has been accepted as worthy of investigation. Readers of Catalyst will recall that the Catholic League objected when the resolution in question was... [Read more...]

ATHEISM: OPIATE OF THE INTELLECTUALS

Catalyst July/August Issue 2007, From The President's Desk

William A. Donohue It was Marx who said that religion was the “opiate of the masses,” and it was the late French sociologist Raymond Aron who once said that Marxism was the “opiate of the intellectuals.” With slight emendation, it can be proffered that atheism is today’s “opiate of the intellectuals.” Christopher... [Read more...]

CATHOLICS AND DEMOCRATS: THE UNRAVELING OF A RELATIONSHIP

Catalyst July/August Issue 2007, Essay

By David R. Carlin Once upon a time—let’s say from the time of Franklin Roosevelt till the time of Lyndon Johnson—the Democratic Party was the clear party of choice for American Catholics.  The party had a special concern for the urban working classes and for the children and grandchildren of immigrants; its social justice ideas were often... [Read more...]

“THE VIEW”: SERIAL CATHOLIC-BASHING

Catalyst July/August Issue 2007

As soon as Rosie O’Donnell joined the panel of co-hosts on ABC’s “The View” last year, we knew that the program would provide a forum for the comedienne to spew her anti-Catholicism.  What we saw between September 2006 and May 2007, however, exceeded our expectations.  On 15 separate occasions, the Catholic Church was attacked... [Read more...]

ABC NEWS REPORTS WOMEN “PRIESTS”

Catalyst July/August Issue 2007

A report on the June 19 “World News Tonight” led viewers to think that eight women are about to be ordained as Catholic priests in the U.S. The story covered the election of the first female presiding bishop in the Episcopal Church. Then came the following: “Most evangelical denominations and the Catholic Church steadfastly refuse... [Read more...]

JUSTICE IN DELAWARE AND MICHIGAN: TEACHERS AND MUSLIMS ARE A PROTECTED CLASS

Catalyst July/August Issue 2007

In Delaware, House lawmakers approved a bill on June 19 that eliminates the two-year statute of limitations in cases involving the sexual molestation of minors. But this bill only applies to private institutions, such as the Catholic Church.  It does not apply equally to the public sector; under a legal concept known as sovereign immunity, public schools... [Read more...]

FIGHT FOR EQUAL TREATMENT IN BIG APPLE

Catalyst July/August Issue 2007

NYC Council Member Calls on City to End Religious Bias in Public Schools At a June 24 press conference outside New York City Hall, City Council Member Tony Avella announced plans to introduce a resolution calling on the New York City Department of Education to allow a nativity scene or crèche in public schools during the Christmas season. Current Department... [Read more...]

LOOK WHO’S SUPPORTING OBAMA

Catalyst July/August Issue 2007

On June 3, Senator Barack Obama became the first contender for the U.S. presidency to launch a religious outreach website, faith.barackobama.com.  On this website, Obama lists the testimonials of three controversial clergymen: Rev. Jeremiah A. Wright Jr., senior pastor of Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago; Rev. J. Alfred Smith Sr., senior... [Read more...]

CONSTANTINE’S SWORD CINEMATIC DEBUT

Catalyst July/August Issue 2007

On June 24, “Constantine’s Sword,” a documentary based on the book by John Carroll, premiered at the Los Angeles Film Festival. It is sure to warm the hearts of all anti-Catholic bigots. Carroll is an embittered ex-priest who has spent his adult life railing against the Catholic Church. The film, like the book, treats the public to... [Read more...]

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