SOME WARS NEVER END

Catalyst March Issue 1998

To some, being mistakenly identified as a Catholic is the most serious sin in the world. This is one conclusion the Catholic League can reach with ease, what with the evidence that continues to pour into our office. Every time the Catholic League solicits new members via a direct mail campaign, we get hit with a barrage of anti-Catholic mail. This happened... [Read more...]

HOLLYWOOD’S BELIEVERS

Catalyst March Issue 1998

From the work of Robert Lichter and Stanley Rothman in the 1980s, we know that the majority of those who make our movies are agnostics or atheists (55% believe in nothing, compared to 6% in the general population). What we know less about is the thinking of those in Hollywood who are believers. Recent interviews with Martha Williamson and Martin Scorsese... [Read more...]

PIUS XII VINDICATED—AGAIN!

Catalyst March Issue 1998

In a new book by a history professor at the University of Wales-Aberystwyth, William Rubinstein supports the claim made by Sister Margherita and others that Pius XII has been the object of unfair attacks. The book, The Myth of Rescue: Why the Democracies Could Not Have Saved More Jews from the Nazis (Routledge Press), attempts to show just how baseless... [Read more...]

WE “COLLABORATED” WITH THE NAZIS?

Catalyst March Issue 1998

As we approach the new millennium, Pope John Paul II has made many comments asking for forgiveness; he recognizes that the Church has erred in the past and should have done more to promote justice. But he has also wondered aloud why it is that no one other than the Church apologizes for past deeds. In this regard, the role of the Church during the Holocaust... [Read more...]

“YOUR AVERAGE CATHOLIC SCHOOLGIRL”?

Catalyst March Issue 1998

In one of the most brazenly anti-Catholic remarks to be voiced by a journalist that we’ve seen in some time, New York Post columnist Andrea Peyser wrote on January 24 that President Clinton’s denial that oral sex qualifies as sex is shared by “your average Catholic schoolgirl.” William Donohue’s letter objecting to this article was... [Read more...]

MARY IN JEANS

Catalyst March Issue 1998

Some might think it was cute. We didn’t. A new ad by the Denim Division of Diesel shows four young women wearing jeans, all draped in a habit headpiece praying the rosary; in a grotto behind them is a statue of Mary, also wearing jeans. Alongside the picture was the following: “Pure virginal 100% cotton. Soft and yet miraculously strong.”... [Read more...]

EASTER SURPRISE BY FAMILIAR SOURCES

Catalyst March Issue 1998

Ever since a group of “doubting Thomas theologians” formed the Jesus Seminar, it has become commonplace for pundits to subvert the meaning of Easter. This year the attack will be led by ABC, PBS, BBC and Twentieth Century FOX. ABC anchorman Peter Jennings promises that he will offer “a reasonably controversial broadcast” on the... [Read more...]

DESIGNER DRAWS FIRE

Catalyst March Issue 1998

Dolce & Gabbana, the famous women’s designer, is advertising a skirt for its spring collection that the league finds highly objectionable. The apparel is a long silk skirt with an big embroidery of Madonna and Child; Mary’s head provocatively appears in the pelvic area. The league has asked Dolce & Gabbana to rethink its decision to market... [Read more...]

NOTHING CAN SAVE “NOTHING SACRED”

Catalyst March Issue 1998

Some things never change. The ratings for “Nothing Sacred” continue to plummet and the advertisers continue to flee. It has become increasingly obvious that nothing can save “Nothing Sacred.” Throughout the fall, Kevin Anderson, a.k.a. Father Ray, kept complaining that the reason the show is a bomb is because it is up against... [Read more...]

DONOHUE ACCEPTS APOLOGY

Catalyst March Issue 1998

In a Pasadena press conference on January 14, “Nothing Sacred” writer Rev. Bill Cain, S.J. suggested that William Donohue was anti-Semitic. He said the Catholic League president questioned “the right of David Manson and Richard Kramer [the show’s co-executive producers] to work on the show because they were Jewish, and the smear... [Read more...]

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