ABC’S “THAT’S LIFE” — THE MOST BIGOTED SHOW OF ALL

Catalyst May Issue 1998, Front Page

The phones at the Catholic League rang off the hook in response to the April 7 episode of the ABC show, “That’s Life.” Here is how league president William Donohue described the show to the press: “No show that I have ever seen was as viciously anti-Catholic as last night’s episode of ‘That’s Life.’ It was relentless in its... [Read more...]

MUHLENBERG DIGS A HOLE

Catalyst May Issue 1998, Front Page

Last month in Catalyst, we reported on an icon of Mary that was placed in the chapel at Muhlenberg College, accompanied by a statement about Christian reluctance to accept Mary’s Jewishness and an attack on Pope Pius XII. William Donohue wrote a letter to Muhlenberg’s president, Dr. Arthur Taylor, expressing his concerns. The reply he got was more... [Read more...]

THE LIMITS OF ECUMENISM

Catalyst May Issue 1998, From The President's Desk

William A. Donohue After President Clinton took Communion at a South African Roman Catholic church, a well-known journalist, himself not a Catholic, defended the president by saying that what he did was an example of ecumenism. He further held that the Catholic Church should be more inclusive, maintaining that it made good sense to welcome people from... [Read more...]

CLINTON AND COMMUNION

Catalyst May Issue 1998

As everyone knows, President Clinton received Holy Communion from a South African Roman Catholic Church on March 29. Unfortunately, initial news reports were misleading and a true account barely surfaced. But perhaps the real story in all this was how the White House handled the matter once it broke. Most news reports said that Clinton took Communion... [Read more...]

POSTSCRIPT: “NOTHING SACRED”

Catalyst May Issue 1998

The death of “Nothing Sacred” has left most Americans unfazed, but it has sent more than a few of its diehard fans into a tailspin. The post-mortem convulsions prove that the Catholic League was right all along: this was never just another TV show, it was a political statement disguised as entertainment. True to form, those who worship at... [Read more...]

GONE TO THE DOGS

Catalyst May Issue 1998

Just when we think we’ve head it all, we find out that we’re wrong. Try this one on for size: did you know that the reason why Puerto Rico has too many dogs is because the island is predominantly Catholic? That’s right. According to Teresa Warrick of the Greenhill Humane Society, Puerto Rico is overpopulated with dogs because the most of the people... [Read more...]

SANGER’S “GREATNESS”?

Catalyst May Issue 1998

From the perspective of the Catholic League, there was nothing great about the eugenicist founder of Planned Parenthood, Margaret Sanger. Her understanding of population control, emblematic of the people-are-the-problem mentality, was complete with racist ideas. Yet none of this stopped her from being incorporated in a CNN program, “Perspectives,”... [Read more...]

MARYLAND SCHOOL WINS

Catalyst May Issue 1998

Last month, we reported that a Maryland Catholic high school, St. John’s Literary Institution, was ordered by a Frederick County Circuit Judge to reinstate two expelled students until a trial was set. When the case went before a U.S. District judge, the right of the school to expel the students was upheld (they were engaged in heavy petting, fondling... [Read more...]

CATHOLIC BELIEFS

Catalyst May Issue 1998

“JESUS is the only Answer” is the way the ad begins. Here’s a sample of what follows: “Are Catholics Allowed to Believe the Truth regarding the Eternal Virginity of Mary; Prayer and Baptism?” We can only guess. The ad appeared in the section that advertisers religious services in the Baton Rouge Advocate, the second largest... [Read more...]

SINEAD DEFILES VIRGIN MARY

Catalyst May Issue 1998

The Catholic League reacted with revulsion to Sinead O’Connor’s foul-mouthed portrayal of the Virgin Mary in Neil Jordan’s movie, “The Butcher Boy.” In one of a series of appearances to the film’s main character, a young boy named Francie, Sinead’s Mary gratuitously throws in the F-word while counseling him about the loss of his... [Read more...]

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