PRISONERS’ RIGHTS IN TEXAS

Catalyst June Issue 2000

A Catholic involved in prison ministry in Cuero, Texas, contacted us during Lent complaining that inmates at the TDCJ Stevenson Unit were denied  requests for meatless meals on Fridays during the Lenten season. The first thing we did was to verify the charge that Jews and Muslims had their dietary laws respected by the prison on their holy days. ... [Read more...]

COLLEGES TO AVOID

Catalyst June Issue 2000

John Leo broke the story but we felt it was necessary to follow up.  Here’s the bottom line: don’t send your kid to Tufts, Middlebury, Grinnell or Whitman. All four colleges are now on record banning religious groups from denying leadership positions in student clubs to practicing homosexuals.  The radical gay agenda on college campuses is already... [Read more...]

“THE VIRGIN SUICIDES” EXPLOITS CATHOLICISM

Catalyst June Issue 2000

In last month’s Catalyst, we flagged a movie that promised to be offensive to Catholics, “The Virgin Suicides.”   Tamara Collins, a research analyst at the Catholic League who monitors Hollywood, saw the movie when it opened in select theaters in New York, San Francisco and Los Angeles. It is a film about five Catholic teenage girls who are... [Read more...]

GOOD NEWS AND BAD NEWS

Catalyst June Issue 2000

There is medicine for those who can’t separate fantasy from reality but there’s no cure when it’s self-induced.  Consider two public persons, neither of whom is unaccustomed to making publicly embarrassing statements: tennis champ Martina Navratilova and Episcopal Bishop John Shelby Spong. Navratilova was recently interviewed by CNN about gay... [Read more...]

WATCH THEM SQUIRM

Catalyst June Issue 2000

As a condition of employment, anyone who works with Oprah Winfrey must agree never to say anything about her for the rest of his life.  The TV personality makes her millions by exercising her freedom of speech rights everyday, but nonetheless insists on muzzling the free speech of all those who work with her.  In doing so, she is not altogether different... [Read more...]

eBay JUMPS THE GUN

Catalyst June Issue 2000

The online auction site eBay jumped the gun by hawking memorabilia of John Cardinal O’Connor the minute it was learned that he died.  When contacted by the press, William Donohue said “It’s in very poor taste.  They should have at least had the decency to wait until after the funeral.”  He went on to say that “This is a cheap exploitive... [Read more...]

LOGO MUST GO

Catalyst June Issue 2000

People Express Inc., which is headquartered in San Antonio, Texas, offers chauffeured transportation services.  That’s all fine and good, but its logo must go.  Pictured next to its name is a symbol that is virtually indistinguishable from the Chi-Rho, the Greek letters that represent Christ’s name. We have contacted the president, Robert Ortega,... [Read more...]

MORE ON THE ETERNAL GOSPEL CHURCH

Catalyst June Issue 2000

We’ve been fighting every anti-Catholic newspaper ad placed by the Eternal Gospel Church, a breakaway Seventh Day Adventist (SDA) sect.  The Seventh Day Adventists have also been fighting with the offshoot, but their chosen venue is the courts.   Understandably angered by the Eternal Gospel’s use of “SDA” in its name, the Seventh Day Adventists... [Read more...]

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