“DA VINCI CODE” SHROUDED IN SECRECY

Catalyst June Issue 2006

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... [Read more...]

PUBLIC SCHOOL STAGES ANTI-CATHOLIC PLAY

Catalyst June Issue 2006

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... [Read more...]

NOT EVERYONE IS LAUGHING

Catalyst June Issue 2006

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 image understandably offended... [Read more...]

GRATUITOUS ASSAULTS NEVER JUSTIFIED

Catalyst June Issue 2006

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... [Read more...]

TWO NEW PLAYS TARGET CATHOLICISM

Catalyst June Issue 2006

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:... [Read more...]

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

Catalyst June Issue 2006

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,... [Read more...]

COMEDY CENTRAL STRIKES AGAIN

Catalyst June Issue 2006

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... [Read more...]

COLORADO ABUSE BILL SCRATCHED

Catalyst June Issue 2006

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 victory... [Read more...]

“OPIE AND ANTHONY” RETURN

Catalyst June Issue 2006

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... [Read more...]

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