UNIV. OF OREGON OKAYS OBSCENE DEPICTION OF JESUS

Catalyst June Issue 2006, Front Page

The University of Oregon was home this spring to a vicious attack on Jesus. Almost as obscene as the cartoon was the incredibly weak response by the university’s president, Dave Frohnmayer. The March edition of the Insurgent, a University of Oregon student newspaper, contained a large graphic cartoon depicting a naked Jesus on the Cross with... [Read more...]

“CODE” IS INANE

Catalyst June Issue 2006, Front Page

Bill Donohue saw “The Da Vinci Code” the day it opened. Here are his comments: “The movie theater was packed, and at the end of the film there were three or four people who clapped, and three of four who hissed. Most just walked out in a zombie-like fashion, eerily mimicking the characters on the screen. “This was one of the... [Read more...]

IS THE SCANDAL OVER?

Catalyst June Issue 2006, From The President's Desk

William A. Donohue I won’t keep you guessing: the scandal—in terms of significant numbers of molesting priests who are currently active—is over. Indeed, it’s been over for years. But in terms of coming to grips with the causes of the scandal, that problem remains. At the end of March, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) released... [Read more...]

MAN THE GATES: THEOCRATS ARE AT THE DOOR

Catalyst June Issue 2006, Essay

by William Donohue Remember when presidential candidate George W. Bush was asked in 1999 to name his favorite philosopher, and he named Jesus? For the secularists—those men and women who are more frightened by the public expression of religion than by its absence—this was a pivotal moment in American history. For everyone else, Bush’s answer... [Read more...]

“THE O’SHAMELESS FACTOR”

Catalyst June Issue 2006

On May 17 and 18, Fox News Network host Bill O’Reilly did what he often does—he did a segment based on the work of the Catholic League without giving attribution. Specifically, in the piece he did on the University of Oregon, he never mentioned that the reason why the story received national attention is because of the Catholic League and worldnetdaily.com... [Read more...]

“DA VINCI CODE” BOMBS WITH CRITICS

Catalyst June Issue 2006

Here’s a sample of what critics who previewed “The Da Vinci Code” on May 16 had to say about the movie: · “Dud”; Unwieldy”; “Plodding.” (Reuters) · “A Bloated Puzzle”; “The movie is so drenched in dialogue musing over arcane mythological and historical lore and scenes grow so static... [Read more...]

MONUMENTAL HYPOCRISY

Catalyst June Issue 2006

Jami Bernard of the Daily News admonished critics of “The Da Vinci Code” that “It’s just a movie, folks.” Interestingly, as Bill Donohue said on a radio show, Bernard, who is Jewish, went ballistic when “The Passion of the Christ” was released. Wasn’t that “just a movie?”  Read More →

HOWARD REFUSES PLEA FOR DISCLAIMER

Catalyst June Issue 2006

Two weeks before the “Da Vinci Code” opened, director Ron Howard was quoted as saying there will be no disclaimer in the film. Bill Donohue’s response was as follows: “The book which the film is based on begins with three ‘facts,’ all of which are malicious lies, yet Ron Howard says no disclaimer is needed because... [Read more...]

GUESS WHO BELIEVES “DA VINCI CODE” FABLE

Catalyst June Issue 2006

According to Reuters, those in England who read the Dan Brown novel are twice as likely to believe the tale that Jesus had children with Mary Magdalene. Perhaps the most astounding figure is the 30 percent who believe this and haven’t read the book, not the 60 percent who read it and believe it to be true. To explain this, consider the data in... [Read more...]

“60 MINUTES” ISN’T FOOLED

Catalyst June Issue 2006

On May 1, CBS’s “60 Minutes” did a segment on the Da Vinci Code that tore to shreds Dan Brown’s “facts.” Ed Bradley interviewed several professors and writers, all of whom blasted the book for its historical inaccuracies. Bradley put the definitive question to Bill Putnam, an author who investigated the book’s... [Read more...]

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