The Catholic League has taken no position on the Iraqi conflict, but it has taken a position on the way the pope’s words on the war have been exploited by anti-war activists. It should come as no surprise that the pope is viscerally anti-war. But it is a grave error to label him a pacifist. Pope John Paul II has said repeatedly... [Read more...]EDUCATION SECRETARY UNDER FIRE
U.S. Secretary of Education Roderick Paige has come under fire by secular extremists for extolling Christian values; his comments were made during an interview with the Baptist Press. The Catholic League rushed to his defense and was the first organization in the nation to do so. “All things being equal,” Secretary Paige said, “I would prefer... [Read more...]DEMOCRATS, BLACKS, JEWS AND WOMEN: WHAT’S HAPPENED TO OUR ELECTED OFFICIALS?
When asked about the most ennobling attributes of Democrats, African Americans, Jews and women, many would cite such things as their affinity for the least among us. These groups, it is said, maintain a strong identification with the dispossessed and thus can more readily address their grievances. But is this true? It is important to distinguish between... [Read more...]SOME PREJUDICES ARE MORE EQUAL THAN OTHERS
By Philip Jenkins For readers of Catalyst, expressions of anti-Catholic bigotry scarcely come as a surprise. Over the years, we have come to expect that media treatments of the Church, its clergy and its faithful will be negative, if not highly offensive, and Catholic organizations try to confront the worst manifestations of prejudice. When such controversies... [Read more...]IS BUSH TOO HOLY TO BE PRESIDENT?
President George W. Bush is being criticized both at home and abroad for the role religion plays in his life. At issue is whether Bush is too holy to be president. The Catholic League does not think so, but many others disagree. It all began when Bush cited Jesus as his favorite philosopher during a presidential debate in 1999. From that time on Bush... [Read more...]CATHOLIC-BASHING PLAY OPENED ON GOOD FRIDAY
“The Children of Fatima” opened on Good Friday at Rider University in New Jersey. Written by Rider faculty member Michael Friel, the plot revolves around a Catholic schoolboy in the 1960s who fears that the world will end when the pope reveals the third secret of Fatima. According to the Princeton Packet, a local newspaper, Friel admits that a... [Read more...]GUESS WHO’S AFRAID OF PRAYER?
On March 27, in recognition of the U.S. participation in the war in Iraq, the House of Representatives voted 346-49 (with 23 voting “present”) urging President Bush to declare a day of prayer and fasting. We thought you’d like to know the names, party, state and religion of those congressmen who are afraid of prayer. So here it is. The 49 who... [Read more...]GUESS WHO’S AFRAID OF PRAYER BUT NOT AFRAID OF ALLOWING KIDS TO DIE?
On September 26, 2000, the House of Representatives voted on the Born Alive Infants Protection Act. The bill would require doctors to give babies born alive during botched abortions the same care offered other babies. The vote was 380 to 15. Of the 15 who voted no, meaning they would allow a baby to die untreated by a doctor, 7 of them either voted... [Read more...]GUESS WHO SUPPORTS INFANTICIDE?
On March 13, the U.S. Senate voted 64-33 to outlaw the practice of partial-birth abortion. Here is a list of those who opposed the ban: Representative + Party State Religion Barbara Boxer (D) CA Jewish Diane Feinstein (D) CA Jewish Christopher Dodd (D) CT Catholic Joseph Lieberman (D) CT Jewish Bob Graham (D) FL United Church of Christ Bill... [Read more...]CANDY CANE CONTROVERSY ENDS
In the last issue of Catalyst, we reported on the disciplining of six students from Westfield High School in western Massachusetts. Their offense? Distributing candy canes with a religious message on them at Christmastime. For this alleged infraction of separation of church and state they were suspended. Kudos to the students who sued the school, and... [Read more...]