PETITIONS AND BOYCOTT STIR DISNEY

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,”... [Read more...]

WHY SOME CATHOLICS LIKE “NOTHING SACRED”

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 hand, we have bishops,... [Read more...]

THE MERCHANDISING OF THE HOLOCAUST

by Richard C. Lukas, Ph.D. Richard C. Lukas, Ph.D., is the author of seven books, including Did the Children Cry?: Hitler’s War Against Jewish and Polish Children, 1939-1945, for which he won the prestigious Janusz Korczak Literary Award. Hippocrene Books recently published the revised edition of Lukas’ Forgotten Holocaust: The Poles Under German... [Read more...]

LEAGUE ASSISTS CALIFORNIA INMATES

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... [Read more...]

DISNEY AND MORALITY

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 for not suspending a... [Read more...]

DIVIDENDS PAID IN DRIVE AGAINST MTV

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... [Read more...]

PROTEST AGAINST “LASH WEDNESDAY” MOUNTS

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,... [Read more...]

MARIA MONK PUT TO PASTURE

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 had sex with the sisters, leaving many of... [Read more...]

PENN STATE DOES GOOD

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 pierced in his body. Conference... [Read more...]

EDUCATING THE EDUCATORS IN PA

What a way to begin the school year. Council Rock School District of Richboro, Pennsylvania, decided it would cost a lot less if they rerouted Catholic school students who used public transportation. What this meant is that students who attended Villa Joseph Marie High School and Holy Ghost Preparatory School had to be routed through the public high... [Read more...]

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