TIME ON PADRE PIO

Catalyst June Issue 1999

Catholics the world over greeted with joy the beatification of Padre Pio. The Capuchin friar bled from his hands for most of his life, the stigmata being only one element of mystery surrounding this holy man. But Time didn’t take too well to the news of his beatification, offering the headline, “Bleeding-Hands Man Gets Star Treatment”... [Read more...]

SAVE THE WHALE, KILL THE KIDS

Catalyst June Issue 1999

The Natural Resources Defense Council recently conducted a direct mail campaign to raise money to save the Gray Whale. It rented the membership list of several organizations to solicit them for money. One of the organizations it tapped was Planned Parenthood. Direct mail operators know what they’re doing: they rent lists from organizations, or subscribers... [Read more...]

CARTOON EXPLOITS SUFFERING TO BASH CHURCH

Catalyst June Issue 1999

For most people, the recent events in Kosovo and the suffering they have caused are a human tragedy. For the folks at the tiny Coshocton (Ohio) Tribune, however, that tragedy represented an apparently irresistible opportunity to bash the Catholic Church. The above cartoon, which ran in the paper’s April 27 edition, lashed out at the Church’s... [Read more...]

MARGERY EAGAN’S ANGER

Catalyst June Issue 1999

For longer than we care to remember, Margery Eagan has been writing a column for the Boston Herald. Bostonians know her well though the rest of the country never heard of her. They haven’t missed anything. There is a Margery in every city of the country—women who were raised Catholic and will never get over it. Their problem, you see, is the Church.... [Read more...]

WHY CATHOLIC SCHOOLS SUCCEED

Catalyst June Issue 1999

The following is an excerpt from Diane Ravitch’s Commentary on CH 2000: A First Look, a publication of the National Catholic Educational Association. “Catholic high schools have an unusually impressive track record. Studies of Catholic education usually point to certain key factors, including the schools’ strong academic curriculum, their... [Read more...]

MYSTERY OF THE ROCHESTER RIFLEMAN

Catalyst June Issue 1999

The issue is abortion. There are protesters and counterprotesters and the tempo is quickening. The police spot a man knelling in front of one group of protesters pretending to be holding a gun, aiming it right at them. The cops seize him and find that in his car he has two military-style rifles and plenty of ammunition. He is arrested on charges of... [Read more...]

HITLER—NOT AN ATHEIST?

Catalyst June Issue 1999

Just when we think we’ve heard it all, we read in Free Inquiry, the house organ of secular humanists, that Hitler was not an atheist. William Donohue couldn’t hold back and that is why he wrote the following: “John Patrick Michael Murphy may have an Irish-Catholic sounding name, but his true colors are that of an atheist. And a dumb one at... [Read more...]

PEDIGREE OF EVIL

Catalyst June Issue 1999

Worse than the terrible tragedy at Columbine High School is the refusal to learn from what happened. The two killers, Dylan Klebod and Eric Harris, were admirers of the Satanic rock singer, Marilyn Manson. The Trench Coat Mafia, taking after Manson, also adored Hitler. “They sing Marilyn Manson songs and joke about killing people.” That... [Read more...]

SENSITIVITY POLICE AT SYRACUSE

Catalyst June Issue 1999

Since 1965, students at Syracuse University have been walking by a law-school building that features a sculpture of Moses with horns on his head. Not until this spring did any student group have a problem with this. But then Michael Steinberg saw it and everything changed. Mike is president of the Jewish Law Association on campus. With dispatch, he... [Read more...]

CODA ON TURNER

Catalyst June Issue 1999

I just want to thank all those members who flooded Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig’s office with complaints about Ted Turner. Though I was persuaded by Mr. Selig that the Turner case is not strictly analogous to the Schott case (Turner, for example, never goes to any of the owner’s meetings—he does not own the Atlanta Braves—Time Warner does),... [Read more...]

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