SCHOOL CALENDARS SHOW BIAS

Catalyst November Issue 1998

Every school year we get legitimate complaints from our members about school calendars that recognize Jewish holidays by name but not Christian ones. This year is no exception as complaints have been fielded from Cincinnati, Ohio, Peekskill, New York and other parts of the country. The way it usually works is like this. Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur... [Read more...]

GOOD THEATER

Catalyst November Issue 1998

There is an alternative to “Corpus Christi,” even in New York.  Producer George Gordon has given us a gem in “The Jeweler’s Shop,” a play written by Pope John Paul II.  Call (203) 251-8474 for more information.  I has received high marks from the critics and should be loved by all Catholics.  Here is what Gannett said... [Read more...]

IONA STANDS FAST

Catalyst November Issue 1998

Iona is a Catholic college in New Rochelle, New York, not far from the big city. It has a president, Brother James Liguori, who is a model of what a Catholic college president ought to be. He believes in the school’s mission and has the courage to stand up to his hypocritical secular critics. “Student Says Catholic College Censored Her Published... [Read more...]

PIUS RAPPED BY PBS

Catalyst November Issue 1998

PBS recently aired a special entitled “Reflections on Vatican II.” Most of the commentary that was elicited was balanced. One notable exception was the segment that dealt with Pope Pius XII. As usual, the old canard about Pius being silent during the Holocaust was trotted out, and no one was more unfair than Giancarlo Zizola, biographer... [Read more...]

ERSATZ NATIVITY SETS

Catalyst November Issue 1998

When people talk about the commercialization of Christmas, they usually mean the extent to which material indulgence has overwhelmed the celebration of a sacred event. But there is a secularizing trend going on that is, on many counts, even more offensive than the empty-headed pursuit of profit: the introduction of ersatz nativity sets. It used to be... [Read more...]

A PRIESTLY REPLY TO HATE MAIL

Catalyst November Issue 1998

Don Kazimir, director of the Respect Life Office of the Diocese of Palm Beach, had a letter printed in the Palm Beach Post objecting to Planned Parenthood. Writing to him at the diocese was a young woman who proved to be a bigot. Father Thomas J. Euteneuer of Holy Cross Catholic Church in Indiantown, Florida, jumped to Don’s defense and wrote her... [Read more...]

STUMPING FROM THE PULPIT: THE DOUBLE STANDARD

Catalyst November Issue 1998

On October 4, Senator Alfonse D’Amato gave a highly partisan speech at Rev. Floyd Flake’s Allen AME Church in Queens, New York. Rev. Flake also made highly partisan remarks. The Catholic League took note of the duplicity surrounding this event and delivered the following message to the media: “On the front page of the New York Times there... [Read more...]

ANOTHER “FORMER ALTAR BOY” STORY

Catalyst November Issue 1998

Some young guy killed an old lady in Florida and on October 5, the Associated Press (AP) ran a story on it. Halfway through the story, we learn that the killer had a lousy upbringing and suffered from bouts of depression and other psychological maladies. This was helpful in understanding his violence. What we thought was bizarre was the characterization... [Read more...]

“DEVOUT CATHOLIC”?

Catalyst November Issue 1998

The Washington Post did a follow-up story on the killing rampage that John Salvi went on at an abortion clinic in Brookline, Massachusetts on December 30, 1994. It was an interesting story. One of the woman whom Salvi terrorized, Deborah Gaines, was in the clinic that day to abort her baby. As things turned out, she never had the baby and is now madly... [Read more...]

IF “TRINITY” OFFENDS

The more we read about the new NBC TV show, “Trinity” (Fridays at 9:00 p.m. EST), the more our guard goes up.  If it offends, let NBC Director of Broadcast Standards & Practices, Randy Flaco, know how you feel.  Write to him at 30 Rockefeller Plaza, New York, New York 10112.  Ask him why NBC can’t develop a priest character... [Read more...]

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