GLAAD BARES ALL

Catalyst March Issue 1999

The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) announced in January the nominees for its 10th Anniversary Media Awards. If you guessed that the anti-Catholic play, “Corpus Christi,” was nominated for Outstanding New York Theater Production for Broadway and Off-Broadway, you were right. If you guessed that the anti-Catholic play,... [Read more...]

CLINTON’S VIEW OF HITLER IS FLAWED

Catalyst March Issue 1999

On February 4, at the 47th annual National Prayer Breakfast, President Clinton said that “throughout history people have prayed to God to aid them in war.” He also said that “No faith is blameless in saying that they have taken up arms against others of other faiths, other races—because it was God’s will that they do so.” These... [Read more...]

PRO-CATHOLIC OR ANTI-CATHOLIC?

Catalyst March Issue 1999

In September, 1998, Eliot Spitzer, then a candidate for New York State Attorney General, held a press conference in front of a Catholic hospital in Buffalo to protest a decision by Independent Health that would exclude the area’s Catholic hospitals from its coverage. Standing in front of Mercy Hospital, Spitzer said that “To simply exclude the... [Read more...]

POPE TO BLAME FOR BAPTIST WOES

Catalyst March Issue 1999

We sometimes have a hard time believing what we read. For instance, would you believe that the pope has now been blamed for the fact that many Baptist churches won’t allow a woman to preach? That’s exactly what Barbara Reynolds said in a recent syndicated column. Here’s a sample of what was printed in the Tribune-Review, a Pittsburgh-area newspaper. Reynolds... [Read more...]

BALANCING BIGOTRY

Catalyst March Issue 1999

On February 8, the Richmond Times-Dispatch raised the following question: “What explains the Catholic church [sic] being so desperate for priests that it is trying to recruit them through billboard ads?” What caught our eye is that this wise-crack was placed as a box insert in a favorable editorial on Israel. The curious juxtaposition... [Read more...]

TOLERATING ANTI-SEMITISM

Catalyst March Issue 1999

Manhattan’s Riverside Church is so politically correct, so utterly pop-religious, that non-church goers like it better than those who attend regularly. Moreover, it fits in beautifully with the culture of New York’s upper west side: this is the area that once elected Bella Abzug to the congress and is known as the only district in the nation where... [Read more...]

WE’RE ON THEIR MINDS

Catalyst March Issue 1999

Larry Flynt, prince of pornographers, now gets his jollies by “outing” Republicans in the House who have had affairs. The shameless publisher of Hustler has decided to release his findings in a “Flynt Report,” hoping to make a small fortune selling salacious gossip to the public. Curiously, when Hustler editor Allan MacDonell... [Read more...]

SETON HALL DEFENDED

Catalyst March Issue 1999

The Seton Hall University administration did the right thing by nixing a proposal to give New Jersey Governor Christie Whitman an award; her enthusiasm for abortion-rights, including partial birth, makes her unsuitable for recognition on any Catholic campus. But no sooner had school officials acted responsibly when the chorus of busy-body critics began. The New... [Read more...]

1998 ANNUAL REPORT—HOT OFF THE PRESS!

Catalyst March Issue 1999

The Catholic League’s 1998 Annual Report on Anti-Catholicism is now available. The biggest annual report ever published, the report offers a comprehensive look at anti-Catholicism in 1998. It records Catholic- bashing incidents that emanated from the activist organizations, the artistic community, business, education, government and the media; a sample... [Read more...]

NO TO HORMEL—AGAIN

Catalyst March Issue 1999

We thought we wouldn’t hear of James Hormel again, but we were wrong. Last year, the league opposed his nomination as U.S. Ambassador to Luxembourg because he refused to dissociate himself from his earlier embrace of the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, a west coast anti-Catholic group. We were delighted when his nomination failed to go anywhere in... [Read more...]

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