May Issue 1997

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CATHOLICISM AND HEAVEN’S GATE

By | May 5th, 1997|Categories: Catalyst, Features|Tags: |

The tragedy of the Heaven’s Gate cult, which resulted in the loss of 39 lives, was unfairly compared by some in the media to Catholicism. Here are a few examples. On Nightline, pictures of the Vatican were shown while introducing the subject of religious cults. On talk radio, Ron Kuby, who assisted the late William Kunstler, [...]

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SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE STRIKES AGAIN

By | May 5th, 1997|Categories: Catalyst, Features|Tags: |

Once again, Saturday Night Live has crossed the line. It was one thing to do a skit parodying the Crusades entitled, “The Nude Crusades,” quite another to mock the Eucharist. In the March 15 edition, Jesus is made the butt of humor when a woman nude crusader remarks, “This is my body, now show me yours.” [...]

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LEAGUE SIGNS OPEN LETTER TO AL GORE

By | May 5th, 1997|Categories: Catalyst, Features|Tags: |

The Catholic League, along with several other organizations and distinguished individuals, signed an open letter to Vice President Al Gore regarding a trip he made to China during Holy Week. Published in the Washington Times on Easter Sunday, the letter implored the vice president to make an issue of human rights and religious persecution when visiting [...]

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GORE’S PRESS SECRETARY SLAMS CRITICS

By | May 5th, 1997|Categories: Catalyst, Features|Tags: |

Ginny Terzano, press secretary to vice president Al Gore, described all the individuals and organizations that signed the letter of protest to Mr. Gore as “right wing extremists interested in attacking the vice president.” She did this on a Baltimore radio program. The Catholic League signed a letter written by Gary Bauer of the Family Research [...]

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MASSACHUSETTS WORKER WINS

By | May 5th, 1997|Categories: Catalyst, Features|Tags: |

Kathleen Pielech and Patricia Reed, two workers whom the league defended when they were fired for not going to work on Christmas Day, have notified us that the law which would forever bar this practice from happening again was made retroactive, thus giving them the desired protection. The league had filed an amicus brief on their [...]

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AmFAR APOLOGIZES

By | May 5th, 1997|Categories: Catalyst, Features|Tags: |

In the April Catalyst, we published a story regarding the decision by AmFar (American Foundation for AIDS Research) to withdraw an ad that the Catholic League, and others, had protested. The ad in question was, “Prayer won’t cure AIDS - Research will.” In a letter to Dr. Donohue, Jerome J. Radwin, the executive director and chief [...]

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ANTI-CATHOLICISM IN PRO-ABORTION MOVIES

By | May 5th, 1997|Categories: Catalyst, Features|Tags: |

The International Women’s Film and Video Festival is promoting two pro-abortion movies that have a strong anti-Catholic element to them. “The Fragile Promise of Choice: Abortion in the U.S. Today” and “From Danger to Dignity” both brand Catholic pro-lifers as deranged persons out to destroy liberty. Just as bad is the tact that those who are [...]

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CATHOLIC COLLEGE AVOIDS LEAGUE ACTION

By | May 5th, 1997|Categories: Catalyst, Features|Tags: |

An art exhibit at a west coast Catholic college almost triggered a strong response from the Catholic League. But we are happy to report that our intervention led to a satisfactory conclusion. Because the incident was handled responsibly by the president of the college, we have no interest in disclosing the name of the school. However, [...]

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STUDENTS FROM QUEENS COLLEGE BASH JESUS

By | May 5th, 1997|Categories: Catalyst, Features|Tags: |

Students from Queens College, in a student newspaper called QC QUAD, have taken to bashing Jesus. In a “humorous” column, “Dear Jesus: Real Advice from the Son of God,” sexually explicit questions are put to “Jesus” and his reply is printed. The league has protested this abuse of Catholic taxpayer money (Queens is a New York [...]

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NEW YORK HIGH SCHOOL PULLS ART EXHIBIT

By | May 5th, 1997|Categories: Catalyst, Features|Tags: |

La Guardia High School of Music, Art and the Performing Arts pulled an obscene art exhibit just in time to avoid the league’s wrath. Located on the upper west side in Manhattan, the school withdrew four objectionable art displays after word had gotten out that some Catholics might not appreciate the exhibit. The most obscene piece [...]

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