ATTACKS ON MEL GIBSON GROW; SO DOES HIS SUPPORT

Catalyst November Issue 2003, Front Page

Mel Gibson’s movie, “The Passion of Christ” (recently retitled from “The Passion”), won’t be released until Lent, but the reaction to it hasn’t abated since the first salvo was launched against the Hollywood star last spring. Lining up against Gibson is the ad hoc committee of New Testament scholars, both Catholic... [Read more...]

“HAIL MARY” BAR NIXED

Catalyst November Issue 2003, Front Page

There will be no “Hail Mary’s Last Chance Sports and Spirits” bar in Rock Island, Illinois. Here’s what happened. Two entrepreneurs, Bruce Millage and Jeffrey Guthrie, recently purchased a building that housed a former synagogue in Rock Island. They planned to turn it into a sports bar by the name, “Hail Mary’s Last... [Read more...]

THE CASE AGAINST GAY MARRIAGE

Catalyst November Issue 2003, From The President's Desk

William A. Donohue As a kid who grew up in New York in the 1950s, I had no idea what a homosexual was. There were a few effeminate boys, of course, but they were simply regarded as sissies; the most exaggerated of this group were known as fairies. What this conveyed was an inability to be one of the guys. For example, these boys didn’t know how... [Read more...]

THE MEL GIBSON CONTROVERSY AS SEEN THROUGH THE EYES OF AN ORTHODOX JEW

Catalyst November Issue 2003, Essay

By Rabbi Daniel Lapin Never has a film aroused such hostile passion so long prior to its release as has Mel Gibson’s “Passion.” Many American Jews are alarmed by reports of what they view as potentially anti-Semitic content in this movie about the death of Jesus, which is due to be released during 2004. Clearly the crucifixion of Jesus... [Read more...]

NEW VATICAN ARCHIVAL EVIDENCE VINDICATES POPE PIUS XII

Catalyst November Issue 2003

by Sister Margherita Marchione The following article, written by Sister Margherita Marchione, discusses new evidence from the Vatican Archives that shows the heroism of Pope Pius XII. Sister Margherita is no stranger to Catholic League members: we have published many of her articles on Pius XII. And she is certainly no stranger to the subject, having... [Read more...]

Anti-Catholicism in America: The Last Acceptable Prejudice

Catalyst November Issue 2003

by Mark S. Massa, S.J. The following is an excerpt taken from the publisher of Father Massa’s book: Massa’s new book on anti-Catholicism in the United States from World War II to the present has been described as “a work of scholarly rigor, storytelling, and humor…[an] authoritative study that reveals how American Catholics’... [Read more...]

JUDGING THE POPE BY THE POLLS

Catalyst November Issue 2003

On the day Pope John Paul II celebrated his Silver Jubilee, the results of two new polls on his performance were released. For the purpose of simplicity, the USA TODAY/CNN/Gallup poll will be called the first poll; the Washington Post-ABC poll will be named the second poll. Though both polls were conducted by reputable organizations, the sample size... [Read more...]

BIGOTED JUDGE CENSURED

Catalyst November Issue 2003

In the summer of 2002, a New York City judge rejected a woman’s request that money being held by the court be used for her teenage daughter’s Catholic school tuition. The judge, Luther V. Dye, said he wouldn’t send his kids to a Catholic school given the scandal in the Church. The woman contacted the Catholic League, and we immediately... [Read more...]

LONG ISLAND CATHOLICS RALLY TO SUPPORT BISHOP MURPHY

Catalyst November Issue 2003

On July 25, we began a petition drive of Catholic League members in Nassau and Suffolk counties on Long Island in support of Rockville Centre Bishop William F. Murphy. We did so after Voice of the Faithful on Long Island called for the bishop to resign. Two months later, we had amassed more than 6,000 signatures. It has been the position of the Catholic... [Read more...]

BOSTON ELITES SEEK TO POLICE CATHOLIC CHURCH

Catalyst November Issue 2003

A group of elites in the fields of law, psychology and social work has petitioned the Archdiocese of Boston for permission to oversee cases of alleged clergy sexual abuse. They have been denied. That is because the archdiocese already has two groups of Catholics who are discharged with this duty. Nonetheless, the elites object to this archdiocesan prerogative.... [Read more...]

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