MORE ROTTEN MOVIES

Catalyst June Issue 2001

Some anti-Catholic movies that have recently been released have one thing in common: they’re rotten to the core. Indeed, they are so bad, artistically that is, that even those critics not bothered by the Catholic-bashing elements are complaining. Take, for example, “The Assumption of the Virgin.” It is a BBC movie about the 15th century... [Read more...]

ADL BLAMES POPE

Catalyst June Issue 2001

When the pope went to the Middle East in May, two Syrian leaders made anti-Semitic remarks in his presence. On May 13, the ADL ran an ad in the New York Times blaming the pope for not confronting the leaders. It ended by saying, “Pope John Paul II, we were greatly saddened by your silence.” We learned of the ad two days before it ran and... [Read more...]

SAGA OF A SORE LOSER

Catalyst June Issue 2001

Jim Dempsey didn’t like the fact that his boss had to apologize for his behavior, so he quit. Well, almost. In fact, Dempsey, a columnist for the Telegram & Gazette in stepped down to become a reporter at the Worcester, Massachusetts daily.. Here’s what happened. On April 20, Dempsey wrote what he called a satirical piece but what others,... [Read more...]

TALK ABOUT CHUTZPAH!

Catalyst June Issue 2001

Leader newspapers are published weekly in New Jersey. The editorial of April 26, “Infamous salute in church is in poor taste,” was one of the more startling comments we’ve yet seen. The editorial commented that in a Mass at St. Mary’s in Rutherford on April 22, parishioners were seen raising their right arms in a way that the newspaper... [Read more...]

WE TOLD YOU SO

Catalyst June Issue 2001

In the May Catalyst, we reported that Catholics at the Blaisdell Alcoholic Treatment Unit at the Rockland Psychiatric Center in New York were being denied access to Mass and Confession; they were told they could attend Protestant services. After stating that we had registered a complaint, we ended by saying, “We don’t expect to lose.” On... [Read more...]

ANOTHER STATE SCHOOL HOSTS “CORPUS CHRISTI”

Catalyst June Issue 2001

The Terrence McNally play about Jesus having sex with the twelve apostles will be performed this summer at Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne (IPFW). The Catholic League entered the fray and immediately drew front-page coverage in local Fort Wayne newspapers. Six state senators from Indiana raised serious questions regarding the propriety... [Read more...]

HYPOCRISY MARKS THE FORT WAYNE JOURNAL-GAZETTE

Catalyst June Issue 2001

On May 2, the Fort Wayne Journal-Gazette ran an editorial on the decision of Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne (IPFW) to host the play “Corpus Christi” later this summer. It vigorously supported the position of the school’s chancellor, Michael Wartell, to defend the play as a matter of academic freedom. The editorial also... [Read more...]

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