LADY GAGA MIMICS MADONNA

Catalyst July/August Issue 2010

Recently, musician Lady Gaga released an eight-minute music video for the song, “Alejandro.” In the video Lady Gaga plays Madonna wannabe, squirming around half-naked with half-naked guys and abusing Catholic symbols—they’re always Catholic symbols—while bleating out “Alejandro” enough times to drive one mad. Throughout the video, the... [Read more...]

LOUIS C.K.: POPE RAPES BOYS

Catalyst July/August Issue 2010

During a recent episode of the Comedy Central program, “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart,” comedian Louis C.K. concluded his interview by noting there were certain words that he could not utter on his new show “Louie” that began airing on FX in June. After offering a few examples of the verboten lexicon, he babbled out the following: “I was... [Read more...]

BEHAR EMBRACES GESTAPO TACTICS

Catalyst July/August Issue 2010

In late June, a story broke in Belgium regarding the raid of Catholic Church offices by Belgian police who were searching for evidence that might have been hidden in relation to the priestly sexual abuse of minors. Unsurprisingly, “The View’s” Joy Behar had no problem with the Gestapo-like seizure. If the Brownshirts had created a playbook, the... [Read more...]

CHURCH-STATE ISSUES SURROUND GRADUATIONS

Catalyst July/August Issue 2010

Every year there is some sort of controversy regarding religion at high school graduations. Whether it be a valedictorian prayer or a graduation ceremony held in a church, the separation of church and state crowd always seem to have something to gripe about. This year was no different. In Greenwood, Indiana students at Greenwood High School voted to... [Read more...]

NEW YORK STATE ABUSE BILL DIES

Catalyst July/August Issue 2010

For the fifth consecutive year, a bill that would amend the statute of limitations for sexually abused minors has died in the New York State legislature. Unlike other years, this year’s bill covered public institutions, as well as private ones like the Catholic Church. Predictably, because the legislation included public schools, the bill was met... [Read more...]

R.I.P.

Catalyst July/August Issue 2010

We recently found out that we lost one of our most loyal members on March 17, St. Patrick’s Day. Monsignor William McKay was ordained May 7, 1949 at St. Mary of the Lake Seminary in Mundelein, Illinois. After making his mark in Chicago, he took his considerable talents to Arizona, first in San Manuel, then Tucson, and finally in the Diocese of Phoenix;... [Read more...]

LEXICON OF DEATH

Catalyst July/August Issue 2010, Book Review

Joseph A. Varacalli, Ph.D. John Paul II: Confronting the Language Empowering the Culture of Death by William Brennan. Sapientia Press, 2008. Available on Amazon.com Language both shapes and is shaped by society and its social movements, organizations, and individuals. To this must be added the reality of “power”: just who and what has the ability... [Read more...]

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