DOES THIS SOUND FAMILIAR?

Catalyst June Issue 2003

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. Then the whole thing started all over again. Eventually,... [Read more...]

RELIGIOUS CLEANSERS ON THE MARCH

Catalyst June Issue 2003

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 of religion. Others... [Read more...]

MASSACHUSETTS HIGH COURT REJECTS CLERGY ABUSE LAWSUIT

Catalyst June Issue 2003

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 decision by the state’s highest... [Read more...]

WITCH HUNT AGAINST PRIESTS IN ERIE, PA

Catalyst June Issue 2003

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.”... [Read more...]

BYPASSING YALE AND NYU

Catalyst June Issue 2003

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 universities... [Read more...]

NOVEL IDEAS

Catalyst June Issue 2003

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 Jesus, hidden in the paintings... [Read more...]

ANOTHER CURIOUS SURVEY

Catalyst June Issue 2003

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 and media pundits of all stripes. Most important,... [Read more...]

THE POLITICS OF THE HITLER MINISERIES

Catalyst June Issue 2003

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 arms. Some questioned why it was necessary... [Read more...]

MESSAGE RECEIVED

Catalyst June Issue 2003

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 letter might be appropriate. On the cover of the card... [Read more...]

VOUCHERS GAIN MOMENTUM

Catalyst June Issue 2003

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, the demand for vouchers... [Read more...]

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