June Issue 2006

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“DA VINCI CODE” SHROUDED IN SECRECY

By | June 8th, 2006|Categories: Catalyst, Features|Tags: |

The Associated Press recently observed that Dan Brown "has given few interviews," something the New York Daily News explains by calling him a "reclusive author." But if Brown is naturally reticent, the same is not true of those working on the film version of Brown's book: their silence is a calculated and well-coordinated decision. In May 2005, Variety tried to [...]

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PUBLIC SCHOOL STAGES ANTI-CATHOLIC PLAY

By | June 8th, 2006|Categories: Catalyst, Features|Tags: |

The H-B Woodlawn Program, an alternative high school in Arlington, Virginia, presented three performances of "The Marriage of Bette and Boo," by Christopher Durang. The play is not new, having first been presented in 1985. The fact that it is offensive to Catholics is not very surprising; playwright Durang has a history of writing stories with [...]

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NOT EVERYONE IS LAUGHING

By | June 8th, 2006|Categories: Catalyst, Features|Tags: |

The front page of the March 31 edition of the Baylor University student newspaper, The Lariat, featured a photograph of a man dressed as a pregnant nun. The picture was taken at an event on the Texas school's campus at which the president of the university, Dr. John M. Lilley, was inducted into the NoZe Brotherhood. The [...]

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GRATUITOUS ASSAULTS NEVER JUSTIFIED

By | June 8th, 2006|Categories: Catalyst, Features|Tags: |

The cover story reveals how popular it is to bash Christianity these days, especially Catholicism. But it also tells us that even when Christianity has absolutely nothing to do with some hot-button issue, it gets dumped on nonetheless. Unfortunately, unprovoked attacks on Christianity are not confined to bigoted college students. The Weekly Standard is a cogent journal of [...]

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TWO NEW PLAYS TARGET CATHOLICISM

By | June 8th, 2006|Categories: Catalyst, Features|Tags: |

Catholic-bashing is rampant at the smaller theaters in this country. Tiny playhouses, often better known for their outrageousness than the quality of their productions, love to mock and assault the faith we hold dear. Two new additions recently joined the ever-growing menu of anti-Catholic fare dished up by the avant-garde. "Mary, Like a Virgin: a Divine [...]

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DEMOCRATS TO CLERGY: SHUT UP OR LOSE TAX-EXEMPT STATUS

By | June 8th, 2006|Categories: Catalyst, Features|Tags: |

In a recent edition of the Christian Science Monitor, Democratic National Committee (DNC) chairman Howard Dean was quoted as saying, "The religious community has to decide whether they want to be tax exempt or involved in politics." We immediately released the following statement to the media: "Howard Dean's ultimatum to priests, ministers, rabbis and other members [...]

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COMEDY CENTRAL STRIKES AGAIN

By | June 8th, 2006|Categories: Catalyst, Features|Tags: |

Comedy Central is a regular forum for attacks on the Catholic Church, and its most recent culprit is standup comedian Carlos Mencia. His weekly program, "Mind of Mencia," features frequent segments that ridicule Catholics and Church officials. The first of three most recent incidents occurred March 12 during his standup special "No Strings Attached." The stage [...]

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COLORADO ABUSE BILL SCRATCHED

By | June 8th, 2006|Categories: Catalyst, Features|Tags: |

On May 4, Colorado lawmakers finally decided to scratch a controversial section of a child sex abuse bill that was under consideration. House representatives in the Colorado legislature rejected a proposal that would have allowed a one-year window for alleged victims of child sexual molestation to sue for cases dating back to 1971. It was a [...]

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“OPIE AND ANTHONY” RETURN

By | June 8th, 2006|Categories: Catalyst, Features|Tags: |

When CBS radio announced in late April that the "Opie and Anthony" radio show was returning after a four-year hiatus, Bill Donohue surprised many radio critics by welcoming them back. Here's what happened. After Donohue lashed out at "Opie and Anthony" for providing an on-air account of a sexual stunt in St. Patrick's Cathedral in 2002, [...]

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