FARRAKHAN MALIGNS CATHOLICISM

On the April 13th edition of Meet the Press, Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan made several disparaging comments about Catholics and the Catholic Church; he also defended his bigoted remarks about Jews. Farrakhan did not dispute a comment that he previously made stating that Catholicism has been a white religion designed to oppress blacks. He... [Read more...]

BETHANY COLLEGE HOSTS ANTI-CATHOLIC PLAY

Bethany College, a Disciples of Christ institution located near Wheeling, West Virginia, recently hosted Agnes of God, a notoriously anti-Catholic play turned movie. The play was performed May 7 to May 10 on the Bethany campus. It was the senior project of a female student in the department of fine arts. Faculty members supervised the project and the... [Read more...]

MORE THAN JUST A PET PEEVE

by William A. Donohue It is more than just a pet peeve of mine to encounter gratuitous slams against Catholicism. To be sure, what I’m going to describe is hardly the worst of what crosses my desk, but it is the kind of stuff that gets my goat. The recent movie, The Saint, has virtually nothing to do with Roman Catholicism. So why is it that the... [Read more...]

APOLOGIES IN THE AGE OF SPIN CONTROL

by Mary Ann Glendon The Catholic Church is preparing to celebrate the Jubilee year 2000 and I am proud to have input into this event. After recently attending a meeting in Rome of the Central Comittee that is handling the affair, I came away with certain anxieties about one aspect of the Jubilee preparation. They concern what one might call “apologies... [Read more...]

“ELLEN” DRAWS LEAGUE COMMENTARY

The following article, by William Donohue, ran in the New York Daily News on April 29. Sweeps week is to Hollywood what the world series is to baseball. Well, not quite. While both events loom large, the world series features the very best in baseball, but sweeps week often features the very worst of Hollywood. For evidence, consider tomorrow night’s... [Read more...]

HATRED AGAINST US RUNS DEEP

Catholic League members were asked in a recent appeal to help fund a direct mail campaign in search of new members. As usual, they were generous. The direct mail effort was based on a survey of anti-Catholicism and was sent to prospective new members. Like all such campaigns, some of those who were sent the survey were misidentified as Catholics. How... [Read more...]

“SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE” IS NO “SEINFELD”

For the past few months, the Catholic League has complained about certain segments of Saturday Night Live. The April 5 show offended Catholics again. To demonstrate that the league is not hypersensitive about all comedy that pokes some fun at Catholics, it is worth contrasting Saturday Night Live with Seinfeld. The April 24 edition of Seinfeld showed... [Read more...]

LEAGUE SUPPORTS FIRST AMENDMENT CENTER PRINCIPLES

The Catholic League has endorsed the Common Ground Project of the First Amendment Center. The center, located on the campus of Vanderbilt University, is committed to “Religious Liberty, Public Education and the Future of American Democracy.” By signing this statement, the league joins such diverse supporters as American Federation of Teachers, Anti-Defamation... [Read more...]

AMERICAN HEALTH NETWORK OFFENDS

Most people have a good image of American Health Network, the cable TV channel that offers advice on how to stay healthy. That is why we were struck by an offensive ad it recently published. The ad shows a picture of the head of a nun in habit, “Sister Mary Elizabeth,” with the inscription, “Don’t do that you’ll go blind.” Below this it... [Read more...]

AN EXCHANGE WITH “FRONTLINE”

“Valentina’s Nightmare” is the story of a brave young African girl who barely survived a brutal massacre in Rwanda in 1994. Her family was among the 800,000 Tutsis who were killed in the genocide. The PBS program, “FRONTLINE,” aired this story in April. Unfortunately, it implicated the Catholic Church in a way that was unfair. In a letter... [Read more...]

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