CATHOLIC DEMOCRATS CHIDE POPE

Catalyst June Issue 2007

Eighteen Democratic members of Congress sent out a statement dated May 10 criticizing Pope Benedict XVI for his supposed stance on Catholic politicians and abortion. The Democrats chided the pope for allegedly agreeing with Mexican bishops for invoking excommunication in dealing with Catholic lawmakers who voted to legalize abortion. These Democrats... [Read more...]

JERRY FALWELL, R.I.P.

Catalyst June Issue 2007

The Rev. Jerry Falwell, one of America’s most prominent religious leaders, passed away on May 15 at the age of 73. Jerry Falwell did more to mobilize evangelicals than any other leader in the nation. He not only inspired them to become active politically, he encouraged them to rethink their positions on a host of issues, especially abortion and... [Read more...]

THE POLITICS OF PBS

Catalyst June Issue 2007

Hiding the truth about something is just as dishonest as telling a lie.  Last month, the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) was guilty of both forms of dishonesty. On May 1, Catholic League president Bill Donohue attended a private screening of “Islam vs. Islamists: Voices from the Muslim Center” and was impressed at how the film shows that... [Read more...]

SENATOR LEAHY RESPONDS TO POPE

Catalyst June Issue 2007

Every organization has its bad apples and dirty laundry, but most people know that this alone doesn’t disqualify any group of people from exercising the freedoms of speech and religion.  Unless that group is the Catholic Church, that is—plenty of people use the sex abuse scandal to try to silence the Church, especially when the Church voices... [Read more...]

“FAMILY GUY” OFFENDS

Catalyst June Issue 2007

Literally thousands of incidents involving “creative liberties” with Catholic practices have come to the attention of the Catholic League over the years.  Many of them are minor in nature, if not entirely innocent.  However, the April 29 episode of the Fox TV show, “Family Guy,” definitely crossed a line. The program assaulted... [Read more...]

CARTOON GUILTY OF ANTI-CATHOLICISM

Catalyst June Issue 2007

After the Supreme Court upheld the partial birth abortion ban on April 18, Bill Donohue predicted that anti-Catholic bigots would “go bonkers over the fact that all five of the justices who voted against infanticide are Roman Catholic.” Donohue’s prediction was right on target. Most of the bigots expressed their anti-Catholicism orally... [Read more...]

OBAMA = THEOCRAT?

Catalyst June Issue 2007

On April 30, the New York Times ran a front-page story on Democratic presidential hopeful Barack Obama and his spiritual journey to Christianity.  The Catholic League questioned whether Senator Obama wants the U.S. to become a theocracy: If the same standard that was applied to President George W. Bush were to be applied to Senator Obama, then Obama... [Read more...]

UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN LOSES

Catalyst June Issue 2007

In May, the University of Wisconsin-Madison agreed to pay $250,000 in student fees next year to the University of Wisconsin Roman Catholic Foundation to settle its religious discrimination lawsuit. The Catholic group, which has existed on the campus since 1883, was deemed ineligible by the university because some of its board members were not students... [Read more...]

NUN AD GETS DUMPED

Catalyst June Issue 2007

Washington Mutual is a bank that recently ran an advertisement on the radio that offended many listeners. The radio ad, which played in Sacramento, California and other places on the west coast, featured a ruler-wielding nun as a mortgage lender. Every time a man asked her a question about his mortgage, the nun would say “no” to the crack... [Read more...]

PLANNED PARENTHOOD RIPS OFF ANGELS

Catalyst June Issue 2007

Planned Parenthood Golden Gate (PPGG) released a “Safe is Sexy” television advertisement in April that features a young couple being interrupted from having unprotected sex by their Guardian Angels. The ad, slated to appear on MTV, VH1 and FX, shows a sloppy-looking male angel eating popcorn at the head of the bed watching in delight. Then... [Read more...]

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