SEE NO EVIL

Catalyst June Issue 1998

In last month’s Catalyst, we stated our objections to the scene in the Neil Jordan movie, “The Butcher Boy,” which has Sinead O’Connor voicing the “F-word” while playing the Virgin Mary. Readers might like to know that the Irish Voice wasn’t at all upset with this, though it did get bent out of shape observing that the... [Read more...]

CATHOLIC T-SHIRT GETS OK

Catalyst June Issue 1998

Students in Sante Fe, New Mexico who wear a T-shirt with the image of Our Lady of Guadalupe on it can wear them again without fear of punishment. The hero in this debate proved to be Archbishop Michael Sheehan. This spring, public school officials in Sante Fe apologized for prohibiting students from wearing the Catholic T-shirt and have more recently... [Read more...]

POLITICAL CARTOONS

Catalyst June Issue 1998

Some of the cartoons that we object to are at least marginally funny. Not so with recent contributions from Esquire, Phi Delta Kappan, and American Libraries. The April issue of Esquire showed Clinton nailing himself to the cross. Coming as it did during the Easter season, we found it offensive. “It ought to have been possible to have made... [Read more...]

DON’T PULL THE PLUG

Catalyst June Issue 1998

Christopher Reeves, the “Superman” character who wound up paralyzed after being thrown from a horse, is lucky his mother didn’t get her way. Had she done so, he wouldn’t be alive today. Reeves explains in his book, Still Me, that his mother wanted him dead rather than suffer pain. “She became distraught and began arguing strenuously... [Read more...]

PRIEST BASHING

Catalyst June Issue 1998

KSFO radio in San Francisco recently featured a segment by hosts John and Ken that viciously attacked Roman Catholic priests. Sweeping statements were made casting priests as child molesters, drunks or sex addicts. The operations manager was asked to explain the irresponsibility of his hosts but refused to do so. So why not let Jack Swanson know what’s... [Read more...]

OBSESSED WITH “NOTHING”

Catalyst June Issue 1998

They just can’t get over it. “Nothing Sacred” has been officially cancelled by ABC and its fans, few though they are, are having cardiac arrest. USA Today is in a tailspin over the matter, and that is why long after the show was booted, it continues to publicize its lament. The newspaper took a poll to see which shows its readers think... [Read more...]

CATHOLIC CHURCHES VANDALIZED

Catalyst June Issue 1998

When parishioners at Holy Family Cathedral in Tulsa, Oklahoma recently went to Mass, they found profanity, swastikas and anti-Catholic messages deeply embedded on the front door. Vandals also wreaked havoc at cemeteries and churches in three small western Kansas communities near Hays. Figures of Christ were smashed to smithereens, headstones were broken,... [Read more...]

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