YAHOO! ENDS BIAS

Catalyst March Issue 2002, Front Page

Following a complaint by the Catholic League, Yahoo!, the Internet portal, deleted biased entries against Catholics. Until recently, when the word “Catholic” was typed in the search engine site, the second of the Category Matches had a listing called “Christian History > Catholic Inquisition.” By clicking on that category,... [Read more...]

STANDING UP TO BULLIES

Catalyst March Issue 2002, From The President's Desk

William A. Donohue On January 24, we received a call from a San Francisco Chronicle reporter saying a $100 million lawsuit has been filed against William Donohue and the Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights. The suit contends that I libeled a man who claims to be an artist and part Indian. He was upset that I criticized the Copia exhibit for... [Read more...]

BIGOTRY’S NEW LOW: THE NEW REPUBLIC’S TAUNT

Catalyst March Issue 2002, Essay

The government of the United States, George Washington wrote to the Hebrew Congregation of Newport in 1790, “gives to bigotry no sanction.” But now The New Republic does. “The anti-Semitism of the intellectuals,” Peter Vierek once shrewdly remarked, “is anti-Catholicism.” In its January 21 issue, The New Republic has... [Read more...]

PALM BEACH POST JUSTIFIES ANTI-CATHOLICISM

Catalyst March Issue 2002

A cartoon by Don Wright that appeared in the January 16 edition of the Palm Beach Post led to a flurry of complaints by local Catholics. Many called us or faxed us the cartoon. The cartoon, available on the newspaper’s online site, shows a woman sitting in a chair pondering what is a cruel caricature of Catholic Church teachings on sexuality.... [Read more...]

NEBRASKA STATE SENATOR MUTILATES ROSARY BEADS

Catalyst March Issue 2002

On January 9, the opening day of the new Nebraska legislative session, state senator Ernie Chambers distributed a packet of unusual Rosary beads to his colleagues. All of them had the crucifix chopped off. Chambers justified his decision to disfigure the Catholic devotional object by arguing that people of many religious beliefs find peace in what he... [Read more...]

ALBANY HEALTH BILL FRAUGHT WITH PROBLEMS

Catalyst March Issue 2002

The New York State Senate approved a bill on February 5 requiring all health insurers to cover contraceptives. It made an exception for those religious institutions where most of the people who work there and most of the people it serves share that religion. This was considered a compromise measure to appease the objections of New York bishops. But... [Read more...]

THE NEW REPUBLIC PUBLISHES GOLDHAGEN’S ASSAULT ON CATHOLICISM

Catalyst March Issue 2002

It will be remembered as the most irresponsible frontal assault on Roman Catholicism to be published by a mainstream magazine in years. To be specific, we are referring to theNew Republic’s lengthy diatribe by Daniel Goldhagen that appeared in the January 27 edition of the magazine. The article, “What Would Jesus Have Done?”, is an... [Read more...]

HERE’S WHAT OTHERS ARE SAYING ABOUT GOLDHAGEN

Catalyst March Issue 2002

“I was struck by the title of Goldhagen’s article, ‘What Would Jesus Do?’ That is, what would Jesus have done if he had been in Pius’s shoes, or if he were in John Paul II’s position today? But Goldhagen is Jewish, as are half the chief editors of The New Republic. It is disingenuous for Jewish journalists to pretend... [Read more...]

BUSH SETS RIGHT TONE AT PRAYER BREAKFAST

Catalyst March Issue 2002

President George W. Bush spoke of the need for tolerance and community service at the annual National Prayer Breakfast held on February 7. He took particular note of those New York firefighters who risked everything to save people inside the World Trade Center on September 11. Bush said they “were not confused about the difference between right... [Read more...]

MUSLIMS GO CALIFORNIA DREAMIN’

Catalyst March Issue 2002

After 19 Muslim extremists bombed America on September 11, the first thing many educators did was to teach students on the glories of Islamic history. This was especially true in California. Following the air strikes against the United States, the Byron California Union School District instituted a three-week intensive course on Islam that drew criticism... [Read more...]

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