PETITIONS AND BOYCOTT STIR DISNEY

Catalyst October Issue 1997, Front Page

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...]

MOTHER TERESA, R.I.P.

Catalyst October Issue 1997, Front Page

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 giving human... [Read more...]

WHY SOME CATHOLICS LIKE “NOTHING SACRED”

Catalyst October Issue 1997, From The President's Desk

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 hand,... [Read more...]

THE MERCHANDISING OF THE HOLOCAUST

Catalyst October Issue 1997, Essay

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... [Read more...]

LEAGUE ASSISTS CALIFORNIA INMATES

Catalyst October Issue 1997

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

Catalyst October Issue 1997

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

Catalyst October Issue 1997

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

Catalyst October Issue 1997

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

Catalyst October Issue 1997

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

Catalyst October Issue 1997

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...]

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