LEAGUE MAY SUE YONKERS SCHOOL BOARD

The Catholic League has pledged to sue the Yonkers School Board if it seeks to deny transportation to children attending non-public schools. Initially, the school board voted to withdraw funds for transportation on fiscal grounds, stating that the cutbacks would trim $970,000 from the budget. But when the Archdiocese of New York and the Catholic League... [Read more...]

FARRAKHAN’S PASSPORT SHOULD BE REVOKED

The Catholic League was delighted with the decision by the U.S. Treasury Department to deny Louis Farrakhan, the Nation of Islam leader, his request to secure an exemption from U.S. imposed sanctions making it illegal to accept funds from a terrorist nation. But the Catholic League now wants the State Department to honor the request by Rep. Peter King... [Read more...]

RETHINKING CARING AND COMPASSION

Susan Fani, the editor of Catalyst, recently told me that in her first week of law school she heard a lot of students talking about how important it was to be caring and compassionate, especially toward the needy. No phony sentimentalist, Susan was not impressed. Neither was I. “To feel concern or interest” is how my dictionary defines... [Read more...]

A SURVEY OF CHICK PUBLICATIONS

Perhaps the most invidious form of anti-Catholicism is that which emanates from elite circles. When men and women of power and influence engage in Catholic bashing, the effects can be devastating, which is why the Catholic League responds so quickly and decisively. But there is also a brand of anti-Catholicism that comes from less urbane quarters, from... [Read more...]

CAN THERE BE “COMMON GROUND”?

In August, Cardinal Bernardin along with eight bishops and 17 other Catholic leaders met to discuss the possibility of reaching common ground between various factions within the Church. On August 12 the Chicago Sun-Times published an exchange between Call to Action president Linda Pleczynski and William Donohue, president of the Catholic League. Here... [Read more...]

APA OFFERS BIASED LOOK AT CHURCH

The APA Monitor, the newsletter of the American Psychological Association, recently offered a biased look at the Catholic Church, necessitating a Catholic League response. The following letter explains the league’s position. We are grateful to psychologist Patricia Donoghue for bringing this issue to our attention. “The August edition of the APA... [Read more...]

ELITE TASTES

Stephen E. Lewis is darling of the Georgetown circuit, if for no other reason than the fact that few places in the District of Columbia welcome his “art.” Lewis, a 30 year old artist, gives high marks to Michael Clark in Georgetown for showing his stuff. And what is his stuff? Described in the Washington Post for featuring art that is replete... [Read more...]

OFFENSIVE AD WITHDRAWN

In the July-August Catalyst we reported that the Columbus Dispatch apologized for an by WBNS TV that offended Catholics. We also said that we had not heard from WBNS. Well, now we have, and we are delighted with the response. The ad featured a picture of a woman with her hands folded in a prayer-like fashion, draped over rosary beads. Surrounding... [Read more...]

PAROCHIAL SCHOOL PREVAILS IN COURT

In an important decision, a federal appeals court has ruled that a public school district must pay for a mentally retarded student to attend a parochial school. Under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, all disabled students are entitled to special education at state expense. But until now it wasn’t clear whether the state was required... [Read more...]

ATLANTA CHAPTER SCORES HOUSE OF BLUES

The following letter, written by Atlanta chapter president Richard O. Perry, was published in the Georgia Bulletin, the newspaper of the Catholic Archdiocese of Atlanta. Perry took issue with the House of Blues logo. To the Editor: Among the novelties brought to Atlanta by the Olympics us the “House of Blues,” a nightclub and restaurant... [Read more...]

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