DEMAGOGUERY COLORS WIESENTHAL CENTER

In our New York Times ad commemorating the 20th anniversary of Pope John Paul’s papacy, we take note of the slander that has been heaped on the recently beatified Cardinal Stepinac. Leading the slanderous charges has been the Simon Wiesenthal Center in Los Angeles. “In Croatia,” writes Rabbi Abraham Cooper of the Simon Wiesenthal Center,... [Read more...]

TIME AND NEWSWEEK: TRUE TO FORM

There is something annoyingly superficial about the glossy-styled writing that is commonly found in Time and Newsweek these days, and this is especially true ofTime. One gets the feeling that those who write for these slick packages sip their Starbucks while reading the New York Times over bagels without butter. It’s high time they put their... [Read more...]

VICTORY

Catalyst November Issue 1998

On October 9, the Senate unanimously passed the Freedom from Religious Persecution Act. Introduced by Representative Frank Wolf of Virginia, and supported from the beginning by the Catholic League, the bill seeks to reduce global religious persecution. This is a victory we can all take pride in, but it will amount to nothing if the legislation is not... [Read more...]

ANDOVER ON DISPLAY

Catalyst November Issue 1998

Phillips Academy is a prototypical blue-blood New England prep school, located in Andover, Massachusetts (it likes to call itself “Andover”). That means that there is a better than average chance that most of the students were reared in homes that are just as fashionably “progressive” as the school itself. Enter Austin P. Van,... [Read more...]

CATHOLICS OF THE WORLD, UNITE

Catalyst November Issue 1998

In the space of one week, Cardinal John O’Connor of New York and Cardinal Francis George of Chicago warned audiences of the prevalence of anti-Catholicism. At his September 27 homily at St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York, Cardinal O’Connor said “Some of the filthiest shows and movies today are attacks on the Catholic Church. I will not... [Read more...]

“ALLY McBEAL” RIPS PRIESTS

Catalyst November Issue 1998

On the September 28 episode of “Ally McBeal,” a black Christian preacher discussed with his lawyer his problem with a female worker, with whom he had had an affair.  “I realize that doesn’t make me an altar boy,” he says.  “If you were an altar boy, you’d be with a priest,” the lawyer responds.  Then... [Read more...]

TAKING LIBERTIES WITH CATHOLIC ICONS

Catalyst November Issue 1998

In Seattle, Washington, there is a coffee shop called the Coffee Messiah. Its logo is a large red cross with the legend “Coffee Saves” and “Salivation.” The shop is crammed with rosaries, crucifixes and Catholic icons. The house drink is called “Blood of Christ” coffee. Coffee Messiah has a web page that mocks Catholicism... [Read more...]

“PECKER” TAKES A POKE AT CATHOLICS

Catalyst November Issue 1998

“Pecker,” the title character in John Waters’ new movie, is a teenage photographer who surges to fame and fortune with his pictures of the seamier side of Baltimore life. Among his subjects are a drug addict and a shoplifter in action, gay and lesbian strippers plying their trade, two rats copulating in a garbage can—and his grandmother’s... [Read more...]

REAL CENSORSHIP

Catalyst November Issue 1998

The New England chapter of the American Jewish Congress wants the government to remove the designation A.D. (an abbreviation for “anno Domini”–year of the Lord) from Massachusetts court documents.  And it wants the feds to strike “In God We Trust” from our currency.  Think anyone will call the American Jewish Congress... [Read more...]

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