June Issue 2003

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DOES THIS SOUND FAMILIAR?

By | June 22nd, 2003|Categories: Catalyst Online, Features|Tags: |

He was a likable person with plenty of charisma. His superiors thought highly of him even though they realized early on there was something terribly wrong with him. Indeed, he broke his vows over and over again. Yet for this all he got was a slap on the wrist. Then came the promotions. Many of them. [...]

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RELIGIOUS CLEANSERS ON THE MARCH

By | June 22nd, 2003|Categories: Catalyst Online, Features|Tags: |

Those whose goal in life is to cleanse American society of all traces of religious expression are on the march again. Suburban Philadelphia is the site of a battle over the display of the Ten Commandments. The ACLU maintains that a Ten Commandments plaque on the façade of a Chester County courthouse is an unconstitutional imposition [...]

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MASSACHUSETTS HIGH COURT REJECTS CLERGY ABUSE LAWSUIT

By | June 22nd, 2003|Categories: Catalyst Online, Features|Tags: |

On April 30, the highest court in Massachusetts, the Supreme Judicial Court, dismissed a lawsuit brought by a woman who claims she was molested by a Catholic priest more than 40 years ago. In doing so, the Supreme Judicial Court overturned a decision by the state’s Appeals Court that ruled in favor of the woman. The [...]

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WITCH HUNT AGAINST PRIESTS IN ERIE, PA

By | June 22nd, 2003|Categories: Catalyst Online, Features|Tags: |

The northwestern Pennsylvania chapter of Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP) has embarked on an aggressive campaign, posting signs on the front doors of Catholic schools throughout Erie County urging people to come forward with the names of molesting priests. Erie Bishop Donald Trautman labeled the unauthorized campaign as “reprehensible.” He accused those involved [...]

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BYPASSING YALE AND NYU

By | June 22nd, 2003|Categories: Catalyst Online, Features|Tags: |

Harold Bloom is one of the most brilliant literary scholars alive. Known as the “Keeper of the Canon,” the 72 year-old Jewish atheist has decided to bequeath his priceless library and archives to a small Catholic school in Vermont, St. Michael's. Why not Yale or NYU where he teaches? Because, he says, “with rare exceptions the [...]

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NOVEL IDEAS

By | June 22nd, 2003|Categories: Catalyst Online, Features|Tags: |

Dan Brown, author of the best-selling novel, The Da Vinci Code, has created quite a stir with some of his assertions. The book’s hero, Robert Langdon, is out to prove himself innocent of a murder and goes in pursuit of the Holy Grail. But what he discovers is not what legend has said. Landon discovers secrets about [...]

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ANOTHER CURIOUS SURVEY

By | June 22nd, 2003|Categories: Catalyst Online, Features|Tags: |

Taking a survey of Catholics is one of the most popular pastimes of the media. The way it works is that a series of questions are asked that seek to determine whether Catholics agree with Church teachings on a host of issues, most of which deal with sex. Then the findings become grist for talk shows [...]

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THE POLITICS OF THE HITLER MINISERIES

By | June 22nd, 2003|Categories: Catalyst Online, Features|Tags: |

David K. Li of the New York Post had it just right when he observed last January that the Hitler miniseries, which aired May 18 and 20, “has been a public relations minefield for CBS.” From the time CBS announced it was going to do the movie, “Hitler: The Rise of Evil,” Jewish groups have been up in [...]

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MESSAGE RECEIVED

By | June 22nd, 2003|Categories: Catalyst Online, Features|Tags: |

Catholic League members often send us greeting cards they find offensive. If we agree, we contact the company that made them. If we see something really offensive, we let loose with a news release. There was no need for a news release when we saw a card made by Shade Tree Greetings, but we thought a [...]

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VOUCHERS GAIN MOMENTUM

By | June 22nd, 2003|Categories: Catalyst Online, Features|Tags: |

All across the nation the push for school vouchers is gaining momentum. While vouchers are resisted by the public school establishment, it appears that the unions can no longer hold back the tide. The people want choices and they are growing in numbers. In New York City, where the public schools have long failed inner-city youth, [...]

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