October Issue 1997

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PETITIONS AND BOYCOTT STIR DISNEY

By | October 31st, 1997|Categories: Catalyst, Front Page|Tags: |

The Catholic League turned up the heat against those responsible for "Nothing Sacred" by flooding Disney with petitions and launching a boycott against the show’s sponsors. The response to both drives was spectacular. When the league asked its members to sign a petition against Disney for promoting the ABC show, "Nothing Sacred," they reacted with characteristic [...]

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MOTHER TERESA, R.I.P.

By | October 31st, 1997|Categories: Catalyst, Front Page|Tags: |

When the Catholic League learned of the death of Mother Teresa, it immediately issued the following comment to the media: "In an age when superlatives are used with abandon to describe the contributions of public figures, it is testimony to Mother Teresa’s greatness that no sane person would deny her the status as the world’s most [...]

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WHY SOME CATHOLICS LIKE “NOTHING SACRED”

By | October 31st, 1997|Categories: Catalyst, From The President's Desk|Tags: |

William A. Donohue Catholics are not a monolithic entity and it is therefore not surprising that the Catholic reaction to "Nothing Sacred" has been anything but uniform. On the one hand, we have bishops, priests, nuns, religious and lay persons who have signed our petition against Disney and are incensed about the show. On the other [...]

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THE MERCHANDISING OF THE HOLOCAUST

By | October 31st, 1997|Categories: Catalyst, Essay|Tags: |

Richard C. Lukas, Ph.D. The Holocaust is a hot topic. State legislatures have voted to have it taught in schools. Holocaust museums mushroom across the country. Publishers indiscriminately print anything relating to the subject to boost their profits. The media regularly commemorate Holocaust anniversaries. Even Steven Spielberg, after making millions of dollars on "Jurassic Park" and [...]

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LEAGUE ASSISTS CALIFORNIA INMATES

By | October 31st, 1997|Categories: Catalyst, Features|Tags: |

Several months ago, the Catholic League received a letter from an inmate at the Chuckawalla Valley State Prison (CVSP) in Blythe, California which indicated that Catholic prisoners were not being allowed to freely practice their religion. The inmate charged that for over a year there had been no full-time Catholic chaplain, and that when interim priests [...]

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DISNEY AND MORALITY

By | October 31st, 1997|Categories: Catalyst, Features|Tags: |

We’re not sure what to make of it. First, Disney chairman Michael Eisner suggests that he’s discovered morality, then the next minute we learn that his company doesn’t want to touch the subject. On August 24, Michael Eisner sounded like he got some of that old-time religion when he announced that he was upset with baseball [...]

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DIVIDENDS PAID IN DRIVE AGAINST MTV

By | October 31st, 1997|Categories: Catalyst, Features|Tags: |

Last month’s Catalyst included a story about the MTV show, "The Real World." We were troubled by the opening show of the season which featured several not-so-funny comments about Catholics. We wrote to the show’s producers and to the sponsors. It looks like we might have had an impact. McDonald’s wrote saying that they cannot prescreen "The Real [...]

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PROTEST AGAINST “LASH WEDNESDAY” MOUNTS

By | October 31st, 1997|Categories: Catalyst, Features|Tags: |

Last month we reported that an effort was underway in San Diego to protest the "Lash Wednesday" segment of the "Dave, Shelly & Chainsaw" show. The segment, which airs on 101 KGB, features callers who "confess" their sins to the Catholic-bashing hosts. Now, due to the work of the San Diego chapter of the league, the [...]

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MARIA MONK PUT TO PASTURE

By | October 31st, 1997|Categories: Catalyst, Features|Tags: |

Perhaps the most infamous anti-Catholic story of the nineteenth century was the tale of Maria Monk. Monk said that on the night that she was inducted into a Montreal convent, she came upon a tunnel which was used by priests and monks from a nearby monastery to sneak into the convent at night. Monk said they [...]

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PENN STATE DOES GOOD

By | October 31st, 1997|Categories: Catalyst, Features|Tags: |

Readers know that we have had our differences with Penn State over the past year. But fairness demands that we give Penn State its due when merited. In last month’s Catalyst, we ran a piece objecting to a Penn State brochure for its conference on Education Technology. It showed a man resembling Christ with pens and pencils [...]

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