HOLLYWOOD EYES RELIGION

Catalyst June Issue 2002

Nothing scares Hollywood more than religion. To cite one example, when the Christian-themed movie, “A Walk to Remember,” opened earlier this year, the Los Angeles Times reported that “The risky subject matter has the movie’s executives and religious leaders eagerly awaiting the box-office results.” Only in Hollywood would... [Read more...]

TEMPER TANTRUMS IN TAMPA

Catalyst June Issue 2002

Public access television has too often been a home for off-the-wall types to vent their anger and obscenities. In Tampa, Florida, it has gotten so bad that the Catholic League was summoned to act. There is an outfit there called Speak Up Tampa Bay that puts on a program called “The Happy Show.” In one of the shows a young man was shown... [Read more...]

CBS CUTS STALLONE’S “FATHER LEFTY”

Catalyst June Issue 2002

n May 16, it was reported that CBS will not air this fall a controversial show about a Catholic priest. Produced by Sylvester Stallone, “Father Lefty” did not make the midseason lineup either. As recently as May 8, it was reported that Stallone was confident that CBS president Leslie Moonves would not let him down. An AP story said Stallone... [Read more...]

CATHOLIC-BAITING CONTEST

Catalyst June Issue 2002

One of the most exploitative incidents in the media over the sexual abuse scandal in the Church was triggered by the Courier-Post, a South New Jersey newspaper. “The alleged abuse of minors by priests in the Catholic Church is the subject of May’s Student Voices essay and editorial cartoon contest.” We issued a news release denouncing... [Read more...]

VICTORY FOR RELIGIOUS LIBERTY

Catalyst June Issue 2002

On May 16, the California Supreme Court unanimously ruled that a Catholic hospital, CHW Medical Foundation, was protected under the First Amendment for firing an employee who engaged in anti-Catholic proselytizing. Terrence Silo, the offending employee, said he was just speaking his mind and thus asserted his First Amendment right to free speech.... [Read more...]

CELEBRATING CELIBACY

Catalyst June Issue 2002

A recent editorial in the Forward, a Jewish weekly newspaper in the New York area, caught the attention of William Donohue. We are pleased that the Forward ran Donohue’s missive as the lead letter in its May 10 edition. It is reprinted below. “While the May 3 editorial on the Catholic church’s sex abuse scandal was respectfully written,... [Read more...]

CHIMP ENVY

Catalyst June Issue 2002

It is okay to kill a baby who is 80 percent born (it’s called partial-birth abortion). But what if the baby is a chimp? For some savants, that’s a heart-wrenching question. Steven Wise wrote a book two years ago, Rattling the Cage, that argued the merits of treating chimpanzees as humans. His book went over so big that Jane Goodall, the... [Read more...]

MAHER ‘FESSES UP

Catalyst June Issue 2002

Bill Maher, the Catholic-bashing comic of TV’s “Politically Incorrect,” recently spoke the truth when he admitted, “I have hated the church way before anyone else. I have been pounding religion for nine years on this show.” His first comment was more honest—it is the Catholic Church he hates. Indeed, we don’t... [Read more...]

WHY DO WE NEED MORE SAINTS?

Catalyst June Issue 2002

by Father Benedict J. Groeschel, C.F.R. This question is one that is often heard by those involved in proposing the causes of Servants of God for beatification or canonization. It is asked even more frequently since Pope John Paul II has become known as the pope who has canonized the most saints in history. Because I am the promoter of the cause of... [Read more...]

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