THE CONFUSION OVER KERRY’S ANNULMENT

Catalyst May Issue 2004

The Catholic League does not possess a theological micrometer that judges, with digital precision, how “good” a Catholic is. Furthermore, it is not our business anyway. But it is also true that we will not pretend disinterest in subjects that touch on the issue of Catholics in public life. We noted with some interest that the New York Times reported... [Read more...]

BISHOPS HAVE FREE SPEECH RIGHTS

Catalyst May Issue 2004

In the wake of attacks against those bishops who have spoken with clarity on the subject of Catholic pro-abortion politicians, the Catholic League came rushing to their defense. Here is what we told the media: “Senator John Kerry is getting endorsed by Protestant ministers in African Methodist Episcopal churches and almost no one complains. But... [Read more...]

VICTORY IN MARYLAND SCHOOL

Catalyst May Issue 2004

This spring we learned that officials at Hyattsville Middle School in Hyattsville, Maryland prohibited students from wearing rosaries. In a memo to parents, it said, “In our training about gangs, we have been informed that wearing rosaries as jewelry often is a gang symbol.” What bothered us was not a legitimate concern about gangs hijacking... [Read more...]

SEXUAL ABUSE OF STUDENTS EXPLODES; PUBLIC OFFICIALS ASKED TO RESPOND

Catalyst May Issue 2004

In a recent edition of Education Week, there was an article by Caroline Hendrie, “Sexual Abuse by Educators is Scrutinized,” that suggested that the degree of sexual abuse in the public schools is at a crisis level. Hofstra University professor Charol Shakeshaft was commissioned by the Bush administration to do a literature search of existing... [Read more...]

DRESS-UP JESUS PULLED AFTER PROTEST

Catalyst May Issue 2004

Urban Outfitters, a Philadelphia company that sells T-shirts and an array of merchandise targeted at young people, has decided not to carry its magnetized figure of Jesus on the cross anymore; the figure of Jesus wearing underwear could be altered by putting various clothing items on it (e.g., a devil’s outfit and a hula skirt). Here is what Catholic... [Read more...]

PAT ROBERTSON HOSTS CHURCH CRITIC

Catalyst May Issue 2004

On the March 3 edition of “The 700 Club,” TV evangelist Pat Robertson ran a segment on celibacy in the Catholic Church. Invited to appear with Robertson was therapist A.W. Richard Sipe. Sipe used the occasion of the latest report on sexual abuse by priests to challenge the wisdom of celibacy. We let fly with the following news release: “With... [Read more...]

STRAIGHT TALK ON SAME-SEX MARRIAGE

Catalyst May Issue 2004

Several high-ranking Catholic clerics made a trip to Albany in March to lobby against same-sex marriage. Of all the bishops, it was Brooklyn’s new Ordinary, Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio, who spoke most bluntly about the Church’s opposition to gay marriage. In a radio interview, Bishop DiMarzio noted the absurdity of permitting two people of... [Read more...]

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