eBAY QUICKLY WITHDRAWS ANTI-CATHOLIC ITEM

Catalyst November Issue 2001, Front Page

In response to a complaint by the Catholic League, eBay, the most famous Internet auction site, expeditiously withdrew a very offensive item from its marketplace. On September 20, the Catholic League learned that eBay had listed a “Virgin Mary Immaculate Conception Condom” on its website. On the condom was a picture of the Virgin Mary holding... [Read more...]

TWO PAPERS SPIKE HATE ADS

Catalyst November Issue 2001, Front Page

Two more newspapers have said they will no longer run the anti-Catholic ads sponsored by the Eternal Gospel Church. Both the Idaho Statesman and the Sun in Boca Raton, Florida, have said they are finished with such ads. The ads portray the Catholic Church in a vicious light. The league registered its first complaint against the Idaho Statesman when... [Read more...]

QUOTABLE

Catalyst November Issue 2001, Front Page

On October 11, the Associated Press ran a story on Rent-A-Priest. The group is comprised of men who were ordained, left the priesthood and married. Some Catholics who are frustrated with Church teachings hire them to perform weddings, etc. While a married priest is still a priest according to canon law, they are denied the right to give sacraments. When... [Read more...]

THE PROBLEM WITH “ROOT CAUSE” ANALYSIS

Catalyst November Issue 2001, From The President's Desk

William A. Donohue No sooner had the World Trade Center been bombed than the public was treated to two types of “root cause” analyses of what had happened. One type was psychologistic; the other political. From a Catholic perspective, both were flawed. Catholicism places a premium on individual accountability. When we go to Confession, we... [Read more...]

WAR ON PIUS XII HITS A NEW LOW

Catalyst November Issue 2001, Essay

By William A. Donohue The war on Pius XII hit a new low when Commentary magazine published a piece by Kevin Madigan in its October issue. In the article, ”What the Vatican Knew About the Holocaust, and When,” Madigan argues, “The Vicar of Christ knew enough, but did not care enough, to speak more forcefully or to act more courageously... [Read more...]

This is the revised schedule for airing of the Catholic League’s television advertisement:

Catalyst November Issue 2001

MSNBC Hardball with Chris Matthews Monday Nov. 5 Tuesday Nov. 6 Wednesday Nov. 7 Thursday Nov. 8 FOX News Channel The O’Reilly Factor Monday Nov. 12 Tuesday Nov. 13 Wednesday Nov. 14 Thursday Nov. 15 Hannity and Colmes Monday Nov. 19 Tuesday Nov. 20 Wednesday Nov. 21  Read More →

BRADLEY FILES AMICUS BRIEF IN SCHOOL VOUCHER CASE

Catalyst November Issue 2001

Gerard V. Bradley, professor at the University of Notre Dame School of Law, is filing an amicus brief for the Catholic League in an historic case concerning the constitutionality of school vouchers; Bradley is chairman of the Catholic League’s legal advisory committee. A ruling by the high court is expected by June. The Supreme Court will hear three... [Read more...]

“CONSCIENCE CLAUSE” NEEDED IN D.C. FUNDING BILL

Catalyst November Issue 2001

On September 25, the House of Representatives debated H.R. 2944, the District of Columbia Appropriations Act. The bill contains a provision that prohibits the enactment of the Health Insurance Coverage for Contraceptives Act of 2000 unless a religious “conscience clause” is adopted; the clause would allow religious organizations an exemption... [Read more...]

VOUCHER FOES GETTING EDGY

Catalyst November Issue 2001

The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to settle the voucher issue has made several foes of school choice quite edgy. The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) “expressed disappointment” that the high court would even give the issue a hearing. Referring to the Cleveland voucher program, the ADL said with alarm, “The vast majority of students that... [Read more...]

BOOKSELLER MAKES AMENDS

Catalyst November Issue 2001

In the September Catalyst we did a story on how two booksellers, the Book-of-the-Month Club and BookCloseouts, were uncritically promoting John Cornwell’s book Hitler’s Pope. In both instances, the description of the book read more like an endorsement than an objective review. We published the names and addresses of who to write to; many of you... [Read more...]

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