CONFESSIONAL AID INTRODUCED; MOCKERY AND INSULTS FLY

Catalyst March Issue 2011, Front Page

A novel Confessional aid was introduced in February that immediately became the source of commentary, some of which drew a sharp rebuke from the Catholic League. The aid, “Confession: A Roman Catholic App,” was developed to prepare Catholics for Confession [an app is a computer application, or program, that can be accessed via a cell phone and... [Read more...]

“THE RITE” STUFF

Catalyst March Issue 2011, Front Page

From the perspective of the Catholic League, the most interesting aspect of the hit movie, “The Rite,” was how the media treated a film on exorcism. Unfailingly, whenever there is a television show or movie that touches on subjects like Transubstantiation—the transformation of bread and wine into the body and blood of Jesus—the Virgin birth,... [Read more...]

IDEOLOGICAL BLINDERS

Catalyst March Issue 2011, From The President's Desk

FROM THE PRESIDENT’S DESK William Donohue It is not easy to be objective, but it is not impossible. Judges in the courtroom, along with Olympic judges in diving and ice skating events, generally do a good job. While departures from objectivity can be expected, the expectation that professionals who sit in judgment ought to be held to standards of... [Read more...]

SMITHSONIAN STILL DOESN’T GET IT

Catalyst March Issue 2011

The dustup over the hosting of a vile video of ants crawling over Jesus at the Smithsonian, spilled over into the new year. There were several panel discussions in several American cities and in Europe discussing the decision of the Smithsonian to remove the video from the National Portrait Gallery and the role that the Catholic League played. But at... [Read more...]

MOMA HOSTS VILE VIDEO

Catalyst March Issue 2011

New York’s Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) recently acquired “A Fire in My Belly.” MoMA joined in with dozens of other museums around the country that just can’t get enough of the ant crawlers and are proudly displaying the vile video. In Tucson following the shooting of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, President Barack Obama correctly noted that “our... [Read more...]

NEW YORK TIMES EXPLOITS SMITHSONIAN ISSUE

Catalyst March Issue 2011

On January 26, there was a front-page article in the New York Times Arts Section regarding the video that was pulled by the Smithsonian after a Catholic League protest. It was remarkable on several fronts. To begin with, by publishing a large still from the ants-on-the-crucifix video, the New York Times helped to convince the public that our protest... [Read more...]

ARE CATHOLICS LIKE ISLAMISTS?

Catalyst March Issue 2011

Even regular readers of the New York Times were stunned to read a news story that contended that the Catholic community and the Islamists have much in common. “As the Roman Catholic Church includes both those who practice leftist liberation theology and conservative anti-abortion advocates, so the [Muslim] Brotherhood includes both practical reformers... [Read more...]

HUFFINGTON POST CORRECTS THE RECORD

Catalyst March Issue 2011

The Catholic League got off to a fast start in 2011, clashing heads with the Huffington Post only a few days after the start of the year. After we registered a complaint with the Huffington Post about an erroneous quote attributed to the Catholic League, the decision was made to correct the record and to strike the false claim from the article. It... [Read more...]

MAINSTREAMING MUSLIM BARBARISM

Catalyst March Issue 2011

Pope Benedict XVI recently pleaded with Pakistan to abrogate its blasphemy law which allows the killing of those who “insult” Muhammad or the Koran; a senior Pakistani leader, Salman Taseer, was assassinated recently for protesting the death sentence of a Christian woman for the “crime” of converting. The pope was immediately condemned by a... [Read more...]

MUSLIM LEADERS ATTACK THE POPE

Catalyst March Issue 2011

The president of Al-Azhar, an Egyptian university, Sheikh Ahmed el-Tayeb, along with the leading members of the Islamic Research Academy, recently announced that they are breaking off dialogue with the Vatican in response to Pope Benedict XVI’s criticism of Muslim violence against Christians. After the suicide bombing of a Coptic Christian church... [Read more...]

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