The secularization of religious holidays has been on-going for some time now, but it is the position of the Catholic League that every opportunity to reverse this trend must be taken. That is why it recently appealed to those involved in the Christmas and Easter Seal campaigns to reconsider past practices. In a letter to the head of the American Lung... [Read more...]UNCHRISTIAN-LIKE BEHAVIOR
The Parent Educator is a Christian Home Schooling publication from California. On the surface, at least, it is hospitable to Catholics and Protestants alike. How, then, to explain the editorial decision to publish a strikingly anti-Catholic letter in a recent edition of the publication? The letter charges that “Romanism…is under God’s curse”... [Read more...]MEAN-SPIRITEDNESS OR BIGOTRY?
We’ve had our share of complaints with the Hartford Courant before so it wasn’t surprising to learn that one of the paper’s columnists launched a salvo at us. But we didn’t expect it to occur on Easter Sunday. On March 30, Barbara Roessner wrote a flip piece confessing her agnosticism. She also took the opportunity to deride Christianity,... [Read more...]CALIFORNIA BILL ON HOMOSEXUALS UNWARRANTED
The Catholic League typically avoids taking a position on homosexuality, but there is one bill that is presently being considered that is of interest to the league. A bill is pending before the California legislature that purports to prohibit discrimination against homosexuals in the public schools. But upon closer scrutiny, the bill contains measures... [Read more...]PIUS XII DEFENDED
On April 16, the Washington Post ran a news story discussing the honors that the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum bestowed on those Catholics who rescued Jews during the Holocaust. Unfortunately, the way the story began did not give tribute to these heroic Catholics. Here is how the story began: “They were few, lamentably few. A half-century ago,... [Read more...]PHILADELPHIA NEWSPAPERS TARGET ARCHDIOCESE
The Philadelphia Inquirer and Philadelphia Weekly recently published articles that sought to put the local archdiocese on the defensive. Thanks to Cardinal Bevilacqua and the local chapter of the Catholic League, the newspapers did not prevail without a stern rejoinder from both sources. On April 14, the Inquirer published a story alleging that... [Read more...]IS GANNETT ANTI-CATHOLIC?
In the pages of the Washington Post and the New York Times, an M.D. from California, Michael Franzblau, paid for two full page ads raising the question, “Why Does Gannet publish Anti-Catholic and Anti-Semitic Material?” The ad shows a cartoon ridiculing Bishop Gumbleton and the Sacrament of Reconciliation (an ad that the league previously objected... [Read more...]MIAMI HERALD RESPONDS TO LEAGUE APPEAL
In the May Catalyst, we mentioned that the league had asked David Lawrence, the publisher and editor of the Miami Herald, not to print any more anti-Catholic ads submitted by the Seventh Day Adventists. Mr. Lawrence replied that he had “some real doubts about that ad [the one that ran on March 22]” and had already expressed his concerns internally. While... [Read more...]ANYONE FOR SCHOOL CHOICE?
If there was ever any doubt about the popularity of school choice, it was stricken when New York City launched a modest experiment of its own. At the behest of Mayor Giuliani, a foundation created by Wall Street executives helped raise funds to transfer 1,000 public-school students to parochial and other private schools. The students would be selected... [Read more...]MISSISSIPPI MUDSLINGING
Two complimentary articles about Catholicism that recently appeared in the Picayune, a Mississippi newspaper, was responsible for setting off a firestorm of anti-Catholicism stemming from local Baptists. One of the two articles gave good coverage to the work of Father John Noone and the other tried to unify local Christians. Both were met with strong... [Read more...]