TURNING THE TABLES ON NEWSDAY

Catalyst June Issue 2004

The April 28 edition of the Long Island daily, Newsday, ran an article about critics of Monsignor John Alesandro, pastor of St. Dominic’s in Oyster Bay. Some parishioners have lost confidence in his ability to lead the parish, while others have rallied to his side. It wasn’t the story about the parish that bothered us, it was Newsday‘s... [Read more...]

CATHOLIC BASHING MARKS ABORTION RALLY

Catalyst June Issue 2004

On April 25, Washington, D.C. was the venue of the March for Women’s Lives, a pro-abortion event. The day before the march there was a rally in front of the Vatican embassy. This event was organized by Frances Kissling of Catholics for a Free Choice. Of course, no pro-abortion series of events would be complete without a rally bashing the Catholic... [Read more...]

“BARE” WITH US

Catalyst June Issue 2004

The musical “Bare” first debuted on October 25, 2000 in Hollywood and was included in the league’s 2000 Annual Report on Anti-Catholicism. The play has recently been resuscitated in New York for a run in an off-Broadway theater. The kitschy, self-indulgent “pop opera” revolves around a gay love affair between two high... [Read more...]

AIR AMERICA BASHES CATHOLICISM

Catalyst June Issue 2004

In the May 12 edition of the New York Daily News, there was an article by Michael Goodwin that was critical of Air America, the liberal radio venture. Goodwin said that on May 10, various hosts took the opportunity to slam Catholicism. Louis Giovino, the Catholic League’s director of communications, spoke to Goodwin to learn more about the Catholic-bashing... [Read more...]

BLONDIE RETURNS: DEBORAH HARRY “RAPS” THE POPE

Catalyst June Issue 2004

Deborah Harry, the lead singer in the band Blondie, has released a new album, The Curse of Blondie. In her song, “Shakedown,” Harry raps such lyrics as, “Whatcha got hidin’ in your body cavity?” She also raps the pope: “I think I’d have a better chance to see the pope I get so bored with this shtick and his... [Read more...]

PERMIT DENIED

Catalyst June Issue 2004

In May, we got an e-mail from Professor Sean Innerst of the St. John Vianney Theological Seminary in the Archdiocese of Denver asking our advice on how to handle an upcoming anti-Catholic event. A group of motorcycle bikers were planning a “Catholic School Girl Benefit Poker Run” that was replete with Catholic bashing. The event, scheduled... [Read more...]

WHY JEWISH GROUPS PASSIONATELY HATE MEL GIBSON

Catalyst June Issue 2004

By Rabbi Daniel Lapin Surely it is now time to analyze the vitriolic loathing demonstrated by various Jewish groups and their leaders toward Mel Gibson over the past six months. This analysis might help forestall some similar ill-conceived and ill-fated future misadventure on the part of self-anointed Jewish leadership. At the very least it might advance... [Read more...]

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