POLITICS AND RELIGION 2000

Catalyst March Issue 2000

Candidates for state and federal office, Republican and Democrat alike, have addressed the subject of politics and religion more this election year than in previous ones. The Catholic League made clear its thoughts on this issue with a formal statement to the media: “Candidates for public office are often guilty of pandering to special interest... [Read more...]

MORE ART QUA HATE SPEECH ON CAMPUS

Catalyst March Issue 2000

A lot of artists, for some reason, hate the Catholic Church. Why artists hate the Church more than, say, milkmen, is hard to say, but there is little doubt that they do. Maybe it’s because they fancy themselves as being creative. Maybe it has something to do with their fixation on abstract thinking. But chances are neither explanation is adequate:... [Read more...]

INDULGING WITH INDULGENCES

Catalyst March Issue 2000

The New York Times took the occasion of the opening of the Holy Door at St. Paul Outside the Walls Basilica in Rome to lecture the Catholic Church on its teaching concerning indulgences. The story, by Alessandra Stanley, appeared in the January 19, 2000 issue under the headline, “The Pope Opens a Door, but Not All Christians Feel Welcome.” “Indulgences,... [Read more...]

GETTING BASHED IN A TRAVEL GUIDE

Catalyst March Issue 2000

Every bookstore carries volumes of Fodor’s travel guides. They are a useful source of information about cities and countries throughout the world. Unfortunately, they can also be a source of anti-Catholic bigotry. Take the Fodor’s Exploring Italy book. “Mammismo—the attachment of Italian men to their mothers—is as strong as ever. Christ,... [Read more...]

FATHER GUMPEL CORRECTS THE RECORD

Catalyst March Issue 2000

In the last issue of Catalyst, we mentioned that one of the three Catholic scholars asked to join the commission on the Holocaust was Father John F. Morley. We also noted that Father Morley “has been critical of the work of Father Peter Gumpel, the Jesuit who is promoting the cause of sainthood for Pope Pius XII; Father Morley has labeled Father... [Read more...]

HATE MAIL

Catalyst March Issue 2000

On January 26, we received a startling amount of text on the “Feedback” section of our website. It took 15 minutes just to open the page due to the volume. What it said was “HAIL HITLER HAIL PIUS.” The author of this brilliant expression actually took the time to write this approximately 208 times per page on more than 200 pages,... [Read more...]

BROOKLYN CHURCHES VANDALIZED

Catalyst March Issue 2000

Over the past few months, six Brooklyn Roman Catholic Churches have been vandalized. Statues have been decapitated, broken and defaced, and in some instances hate mail has accompanied the desecrations. In response, we contacted the Brooklyn District Attorney’s office, the FBI and the U.S. Department of Justice, asking the authorities to make these... [Read more...]

ANTI-CATHOLICISM IN AMERICAN CULTURE

Catalyst March Issue 2000

A new book that Catholic League members will not want to miss is now available from Our Sunday Visitor. Anti-Catholicism in American Culture is a series of essays which includes the Center for Media and Public Affairs’ newest report on media coverage of the Catholic Church. The book is edited by Robert Lockwood, former president of the publishing... [Read more...]

HILLARY CLINTON—OFF ON THE WRONG FOOT

Catalyst March Issue 2000

Hillary Rodham Clinton announced her candidacy for the U.S. Senate on February 6, and she did so by sending the wrong message to Catholics. “I’ll be on your side in the fight against school vouchers, which drain taxpayer dollars from our public schools,” she told the crowd at SUNY Purchase, the Westchester campus of the State University... [Read more...]

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