CITIES URGED TO ERECT CRECHES

Catalyst November Issue 2000

The Catholic League has written to the executive directors of the National League of Cities urging them to inform mayors and other municipal offices about the permissibility of erecting créches on public property during the Christmas season.  All fifty states were contacted. “Every December,” we said, “the Catholic League erects a créche in... [Read more...]

TYPICAL GOVERNMENT ANSWER

Catalyst November Issue 2000

Over the summer, we contacted Andrea Saltzberg Emodi, a government official at the Department of Corrections in Massachusetts.  Her address is so long that it must make the Guinness Book of World Records.  For those of you who doubt our word, here it is: Ms. Andrea Saltzberg Emodi Director of Program Services Commonwealth of Massachusetts Executive... [Read more...]

IRS TO INVESTIGATE CHURCH-STATE ABUSES

Catalyst November Issue 2000

The Internal Revenue Service has agreed to investigate whether the campaigns of Hillary Clinton and John Corzine occasioned an infraction of IRS rules regarding church and state matters.  The Catholic League also registered a complaint against Vice President Al Gore but was told that there was nothing the IRS could do about his recent bid to win the... [Read more...]

CORNWELL’S RETREAT

Catalyst November Issue 2000

John Cornwell, the author of the diatribe against Pope Pius XII, Hitler’s Pope, was the subject of a formal complaint in Italy as soon as his book went on sale.  Emma Fattorini, professor of contemporary history at Rome’s La Sapienza, has accused Cornwell of misrepresenting historical facts in service to his politicized agenda. Cornwell has tried... [Read more...]

NEEDLESSLY OFFENSIVE

Catalyst November Issue 2000

Needlessly offensive is the way we characterized two recent items that crossed our desks. The October edition of Premiere magazine made quick mention of an upcoming movie called “Tomcats.”  The film is a comedy about seven men who bet on who will be the last to marry.  In one scene, a man stands in a Catholic church before a priest and altar... [Read more...]

ANTI-JESUIT PROPAGANDA

Catalyst November Issue 2000

One of the most obnoxious anti-Jesuit publications is Free American; it also has a website by that name.  It is the work of some right-wing/super patriot/traditionalist/fundamentalist group of conspiratorial maniacs who hate Catholics.  And they hate the Jesuits most of all. According to these nuts, the Jesuits run the CIA, KGB, FBI, the Mafia Commission... [Read more...]

BILL MAHER JUST CAN’T GIVE IT UP

Catalyst November Issue 2000

It seems a week cannot go by without another incident of Catholic bashing on the ABC late night show “Politically Incorrect.”  What seemed like host Bill Maher’s lack of entertainment material has blossomed into a full obsession with slamming the Catholic faith. The October 10 edition of the show was no exception. Nearly the entire show was dedicated... [Read more...]

A GOOD MOVE

On September 22, a law took effect that strengthens religious liberty.  The Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act of 2000 prohibits the government from placing a substantial burden on an individual or group’s free exercise of religion rights unless a compelling interest exists; it must also be the least restrictive means of achieving... [Read more...]

COINCIDENCE?

Catalyst November Issue 2000

“The Catholic church [sic] is complicit in interfering with women’s reproductive rights around the world.”  That is how a press release of October 16 by Catholics for a Free Choice (CFFC) began.  The occasion was the World March for Women in Washington D.C.  CFFC’s statement also accused the Holy See of promoting teachings that “are incompatible... [Read more...]

THE CATHOLIC CHURCH AND THE HOLOCAUST, 1930-1965

Catalyst November Issue 2000, Book Review

By Michael Phayer, Indiana University Press, Bloomington and Indianapolis (2000) Reviewed by Robert P. Lockwood Pope Pius XII (1939-1958) faced Nazi Germany, as Secretary of State to Pius XI and as pope, with a remarkable consistency. The Nazis considered him an implacable foe, and he was hailed both during and after World War II as the strongest voice... [Read more...]

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