A “HAIL MARY” WE PROTESTED

It is not unusual for football game announcers to declare last- minute desperation passes “Hail Mary” passes. But in a preseason game between the Philadelphia Eagles and the Pittsburgh Steelers, a Philadelphia announcer on Fox channel WTXF got carried away when tried to become creative. Here’s what he said: “Hail Mary full of... [Read more...]

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CONGRATULATIONS, HOLY FATHER For Catholics, November 1 is All Saints Day. Appropriately, this November 1 is also the 50th anniversary of Pope John Paul II’s ordination to the priesthood. So beloved is he that many are already calling him John Paul the Great. What makes this pope so special is that he is the greatest moral teacher of the twentieth... [Read more...]

RELIGIOUS RIGHTS ON THE JOB

In 1992, Kathleen Pielech and Patricia Reed were fired from Raynham-Taunton Greyhound Park for absenting themselves on Christmas Day. In an amicus brief two years ago, the Catholic League argued that Pielech and Reed had their First Amendment right to religious freedom abridged by this action. The ACLU provided lead counsel to the two women. This past... [Read more...]

PENTAGON GAG RULE CHALLENGED

Kevin Hasson, president of the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, has sued the Secretary of Defense and the heads of the Air Force, Army and Navy over the Pentagon edict that barred Catholic chaplains from asking Catholic armed services personnel to send postcards to their representatives requesting that they override President Clinton’s veto... [Read more...]

THE POLITICS OF PARTIAL-BIRTH ABORTION

The victory in the House of Representatives in overriding President Clinton’s veto of the bill banning partial-birth abortions (285-137) was unfortunately not upheld in the Senate (the vote of 57-41 was nine short of the necessary two-thirds needed to override the President’s veto). What was just as horrendous as the Senate vote was the... [Read more...]

POTTERY BARN RESPONDS

In last month’s Catalyst, we reported that “Pottery Barn” published a catalog with a miniature drawing of a nude woman posed in a Christ-like crucified position hanging over a bed. The explanation that Williams-Sonoma, the parent company, offered satisfies our concerns. The executive vice president, Pat Connolly, is a good Catholic... [Read more...]

SEX AND PRIESTS, ONE MORE TIME

In the September edition of¬†New Jersey¬†magazine there was an interview with Church-suing attorney Stephen Rubino. The league’s response was to once again correct common misperceptions about this issue. Rubino says that author Richard Sipe found that 6 percent of priests were pedophiles. Wrong. What Sipe said was that 6 percent of priests had... [Read more...]

HOWARD STERN’S SENSE OF HUMOR

Howard Stern, the radio talk show host, never fails to attack Catholicism. On September 24, he was at it again, this time slamming all priests. Referring to priests as “fakes” preoccupied with abortion, Stern opined “Meanwhile they’re out getting oral sex from guys.” He continued like this charging that if all unborn children... [Read more...]

VICTORY ON LONG ISLAND

The league’s Long Island chapter has successfully concluded its dispute with Winthrop-University Hospital in Mineola, New York. During the 1995 Christmas season, the Long Island board was notified that a hospital employee was summarily terminated after objecting to a display on hospital bulletin boards of a distasteful cartoon depiction of the... [Read more...]

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