November Issue 1997

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PROTEST OF “NOTHING SACRED” SETS NEW RECORD

By | November 1st, 1997|Categories: Catalyst, Front Page|Tags: |

The Catholic League’s boycott of the sponsors of the ABC show, "Nothing Sacred," has already broken all previously-held boycott records for TV. Twenty major corporations have pulled sponsorship of the show, something no other organization has ever come close to doing. In addition, another quarter-million persons have signed the league’s petition, bringing to 750,000 the number [...]

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A NOBEL PRIZE FOR ANTI-CATHOLICISM

By | November 1st, 1997|Categories: Catalyst, Front Page|Tags: |

On October 9, the Swedish Academy awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature to Dario Fo, the Italian playwright who is most known for his attacks on the Roman Catholic Church. His most famous work, "Mistero Buffo" ("Comic Mystery"), was branded by the Vatican in 1977 as the "most blasphemous show in the history of television"; it [...]

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YALE VIOLATES RIGHTS OF ORTHODOX JEWS

By | November 1st, 1997|Categories: Catalyst, Features|Tags: |

Five Orthodox Jewish students who attend Yale University are being penalized for objecting, on religious grounds, to mandated residence requirements on campus. The students, Lisa Friedman, Jeremy Hershman, Elisha Hack, Batsheva Greer and Rachel Wohlgelernter, do not want to live in dorms where the sexes are integrated and where bathrooms are shared by men and women; [...]

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WHOOPI GOLDBERG ATTACKS THE POPE

By | November 1st, 1997|Categories: Catalyst, Features|Tags: |

On the September 26 edition of the ABC show, "20/20," actress Whoopi Goldberg made several very harsh and unfair statements about Pope John Paul II. Interviewed by Barbara Walters about her new book, Goldberg said that this pope "infuriates" her; she indicted him for rejecting gays and young people. The night prior to the interview, William [...]

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PROTEST OF AP STORY GETS RESULTS

By | November 1st, 1997|Categories: Catalyst, Features|Tags: |

In September, there was a report by the Associated Press (AP) that caught our eye and merited a response. In a story about the tragic gang-rape of a sixteen-year-old girl in Mexico City, the reporter commented that the crime was "an extreme one even in a heavily Roman Catholic and male-dominated society." The league sent a [...]

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STANFORD APOLOGIZES

By | November 1st, 1997|Categories: Catalyst, Features|Tags: |

On October 4, a bigoted attack occurred against the Irish and Catholics by students from Stanford University. Before the game with Notre Dame and during half-time, Stanford’s band parodied the Irish famine and staged a mock confrontation between a Catholic cardinal and the devil; the Irish were labeled "stinking drunks." The Catholic League issued the following [...]

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OREGON’S UNENVIABLE REPUTATION

By | November 1st, 1997|Categories: Catalyst, Features|Tags: |

The Catholic League has no sure way of knowing which state has the worst record in tolerating anti-Catholicism, but if we had to guess, Oregon would be right there in the running. That’s interesting because Oregon has a disproportionate number of people who are agnostics and atheists. It may also explain why Oregonians are more anxious [...]

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CBS SHOW “MICHAEL HAYES” EXPLOITS CHURCH

By | November 1st, 1997|Categories: Catalyst, Features|Tags: |

The October 14 episode of the new CBS show, "Michael Hayes," featured a confrontation between a U.S. District Attorney and a Catholic priest that had a decidedly ideological twist to it. The priest is observed and videotaped by the authorities while hearing the confession of a man involved in a terrorist plot. Previously, we learn that [...]

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LOS ANGELES MUSEUM HOSTS ATTACK ON VIRGIN MARY

By | November 1st, 1997|Categories: Catalyst, Features|Tags: |

The Museum of Contemporary Art is hosting an exhibition by Robert Gober that is a direct attack on the Virgin Mary. Gober, who describes himself as an ex-Catholic gay man upset with the Church’s teachings on sexuality, has decided to express his outrage by defiling the Mother of God. His work was displayed in September and [...]

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“NOTHING SACRED” ABOUT THOSE PRIESTS

By | November 1st, 1997|Categories: Catalyst, Features|Tags: |

William Donohue’s analysis of the fifth episode of "Nothing Sacred" is as follows: "The priests on ‘Nothing Sacred’ are what we call in the real world ‘losers.’ Fr. Ray identifies himself to an old friend as a social worker (Fr. Eric also describes him this way). This is accurate: he is not a priest. Laboring under [...]

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