ATTACK ON PIUS XII SOARS

Catalyst October Issue 1999, Front Page

The attack on Pope Pius XII reached new heights with the release of a book by British author, John Cornwell. In Cornwell’s Hitler’s Pope: The Secret History of Pius XII (Viking Press), the Cambridge University researcher alleges that Pius XII was an anti-Semite who helped Hitler come to power. The October edition of Vanity Fair ran an excerpt... [Read more...]

NAVY GRANTS APOLOGY

Catalyst October Issue 1999, Front Page

Following the Catholic League’s public statements against the U.S. Navy, an apology was granted to the Knights of Columbus by Captain R.W. Jerome, the officer who had barred the Knights from meeting in a naval chapel in Chesapeake, Virginia. In the last issue of Catalyst, we reported that Captain Jerome had taken action against the Knights because... [Read more...]

ANTI-CATHOLICISM AND THE COURTS

Catalyst October Issue 1999, From The President's Desk

William A. Donohue William Bentley Ball, perhaps this century’s leading Catholic constitutional lawyer, frequently took note of the anti-Catholic animus that has pervaded our judicial system. No doubt he looked down with disgust when he learned of the recent ruling in Federal District Court in Ohio that blocked Cleveland’s voucher program. The decision... [Read more...]

RELIGIOUS LIBERTY AND THE PUBLIC SCHOOLS

Catalyst October Issue 1999, Essay

by Robert P. George The following is an edited version of a statement made by Robert P. George before he left his post on the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights last year. It is an important commentary on the state of religious liberty in our public schools and it is one that deserves a wide audience. Dr. George is  McCormick Professor of Jurisprudence... [Read more...]

“DOGMA’S” CENSORS EXPOSED

Catalyst October Issue 1999

On Sunday, September 12, the Catholic League exposed the hypocrites behind the movie, “Dogma,” by taking out an op-ed page ad in the New York Times. The ad, which is featured on page 2, published excerpts from the threatening letter sent to the league by L.A. attorney Dan Petrocelli, as well as a quote from the film’s writer/director... [Read more...]

BIGOTED SOULMATES

Catalyst October Issue 1999

To some, Lenny Bruce was the most creative comic of the 1950s, a man who broke new grounds and was victimized for his “obscene language.” To others, Bruce was a full-mouthed, drug dealing, whiskey-bingeing, wife-cheating, unpatriotic, racist, anti-Catholic. The latter is description is the most accurate. Bruce was arrested for violating... [Read more...]

HOLOCAUST CONTINUES TO STIR DEBATE

Catalyst October Issue 1999

Holocaust-related issues continue to provoke controversy both within the Catholic and Jewish communities, and between Catholics and Jews. In addition to our lead story on the Cornwell volume, the following stories have all been the subject of much debate. Currently, there is a fierce quarrel brewing in the Jewish community between those aligned with... [Read more...]

MGM BOMBS WITH “STIGMATA”

Catalyst October Issue 1999

Tamara Collins, a research analyst at the Catholic League, previewed the MGM movie “Stigmata” and labeled it “an anti-Catholic bomb of a movie.” The film, which opened September 10, was an attempt to use a supernatural thriller as a vehicle for making a political attack on the Catholic Church. Well before it opened, Entertainment... [Read more...]

RIZZOLI BOOKSTORE PROFILES OFFENSIVE ART

Catalyst October Issue 1999

On August 17, a branch of the international bookstore, Rizzoli, placed in its storefront window a picture of blasphemous art that was offensive to Christians. The branch at 31 West 57th Street in New York had on window display a picture of the Last Supper that showed a bare-breasted woman standing in the middle of the table with her arms outstretched;... [Read more...]

LAMENT OVER “NOTHING”

Catalyst October Issue 1999

If there is one bet we’d like to make for the new millennium, it is that well into the next century the few fans of the ABC TV show, “Nothing Sacred,” will still be expressing their lament over the demise of their lousy show. Indeed, “Nothing” fans easily qualify as a cult. But instead of seeking therapy, they prefer to vent... [Read more...]

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