VOTE FOR THE POPE

Catalyst June Issue 1998

Time magazine is conducting a poll via the internet looking for the public’s choice of the 100 most influential people in the 20th century. It will use the results to publish special issues in commemoration of such individuals and will tally the final results with an eye towards naming the Man or Woman of the Century. One of our members noticed... [Read more...]

WANT A GOOD READ?

Catalyst June Issue 1998

Catholic League president William Donohue is delighted to endorse and recommend Good News for Bad Days, a new book by Father Paul Keenan: “Written by a model priest who is known in New York for his radio talk shows, Good News for Bad Days delivers sound advice on a wide range of issues that touch everyone’s life. It is not only lively and... [Read more...]

NARAL’S NOSE

Catalyst June Issue 1998

The National Abortion & Reproductive Rights Action League (NARAL) has a way of sticking its nose in where it doesn’t belong. Everyone knows its passion for abortion, but what is still not well-known is its penchant for Catholic bashing. In one of its typical demagogic appeals for more money, NARAL recently warned that the freedom to kill unborn... [Read more...]

NEW VICTIMS: ATHEISTS AND WITCHES

Catalyst June Issue 1998

For the first time in American history, a group of professed atheists were given a reception in the White House. In nearby Fairfax County, a self-proclaimed witch pressed Virginia authorities to allow her to perform marriage ceremonies. All this in a country that is 86% Christian. In May, Maureen Shea, associate director of the White House Office of... [Read more...]

THE EISNER AND IGER TAG TEAM

Catalyst June Issue 1998

Disney’s top executive, Michael Eisner, along with ABC’s president Robert Iger, are hearing a lot from Catholics these days, the results of which are quite interesting. This spring, Eisner nixed a deal between Disney and Warner Brothers (WB) because of the seamy past of a young actor. Disney had pledged to produce “Zoe Bean,” a teen... [Read more...]

APOLOGY ACCEPTED

Catalyst June Issue 1998

Catholic League member Michael Barnes of Spearfish, South Dakota, didn’t appreciate the humor of a local writer and let him know it. Harlan Schmidt of the Black Hills Pioneer derided the Eucharist when he offered the quip, “The local Lutherans and Catholic merge. For communion they serve lutefisk and corned beef.” Barnes immediately... [Read more...]

VATICAN RAG

Catalyst June Issue 1998

This letter appeared in the May 11, 1998 issue of the New Republic. To the editors: Predictably, The New Republic didn’t like what the Vatican had to say in its document on the Holocaust, We Remember:  A Reflection on the Shoah (“With Burning Anxiety,” April 6).  Instead of trying to recount line by line the editorial on this subject,... [Read more...]

“NO” TO CHILD PORN

Catalyst June Issue 1998

The Catholic League typically sticks to anti-Catholicism, but there are occasions when we feel that straying from our major objective is critical. Such is the case with the Child On-Line Protection Act. The legislation, which has been introduced by Congressman Michael G. Oxley of Ohio, is designed to restrict children’s access to pornography on the... [Read more...]

CALL OFF THE HUNT

Catalyst June Issue 1998

The Catholic League takes no position on animal rights, though we do observe that the more proper term is animal welfare; only humans possess the rational faculties upon which moral judgments can be made, and are therefore alone in their rightful possession of rights. In any event, we do take a position on bigotry, hence our interest on commentating... [Read more...]

NEW YORK POOR LOVE VOUCHERS

Catalyst June Issue 1998

Last year, New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani announced the start of a school-choice scholarship program aimed at students in the city’s lowest-performing school districts, virtually all of which are located in New York’s poorest neighborhoods. To the chagrin of the public school establishment, some 13,000 students competed for approximately 1,300... [Read more...]

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