November Issue 1996

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A “HAIL MARY” WE PROTESTED

By | November 8th, 1996|Categories: Catalyst Online, Features|Tags: |

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 grace, the Lord [...]

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This advertisement appeared in the Op-Ed section of the New York Times on October 27, 1996.

By | November 8th, 1996|Categories: Catalyst Online, Features|Tags: |

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 [...]

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RELIGIOUS RIGHTS ON THE JOB

By | November 8th, 1996|Categories: Catalyst Online, Features|Tags: |

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 [...]

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PENTAGON GAG RULE CHALLENGED

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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 of the partial-birth [...]

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THE POLITICS OF PARTIAL-BIRTH ABORTION

By | November 8th, 1996|Categories: Catalyst Online, Features|Tags: |

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 politics that [...]

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POTTERY BARN RESPONDS

By | November 8th, 1996|Categories: Catalyst Online, Features|Tags: |

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 who simply did not catch [...]

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SEX AND PRIESTS, ONE MORE TIME

By | November 8th, 1996|Categories: Catalyst Online, Features|Tags: |

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 such tendencies. Now tendencies [...]

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HOWARD STERN’S SENSE OF HUMOR

By | November 8th, 1996|Categories: Catalyst Online, Features|Tags: |

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 (he prefers the [...]

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VICTORY ON LONG ISLAND

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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 Holy Family. Long Island chapter [...]

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