TESTIMONY OF THE CATHOLIC LEAGUE PROPOSED Int. 645-A

Catalyst October Issue 2001

League president William Donohue wrote the following testimony. League communications director, Patrick Scully, read it on August 21 before the New York City Council. “The Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights is the nation’s largest Catholic civil rights organization. We defend individual Catholics against discrimination and the Church... [Read more...]

SACRED AND PROFANE MEET ON SCREEN

Catalyst October Issue 2001

Part of our mission at the Catholic League is to review films that come to our attention as possibly exhibiting anti-Catholicism. Given Hollywood’s infatuation with films that mock the Catholic Church, we usually do not have to wait long for one to come along. But it is not just American movies; every now and then a foreign movie is released in the... [Read more...]

REQUEST FOR CONSCIENCE CLAUSE IN SENATE BILL

Catalyst October Issue 2001

On September 10, the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions held a hearing on S. 104, “Equity in Prescription Insurance and Contraceptive Coverage Act of 2001.” The bill, introduced by Senator Olympia Snowe, would require private health insurance plans that cover drugs to cover prescription contraceptives. The legislation... [Read more...]

THE POPE DOESN’T WEAR A FUNNY HAT

Catalyst October Issue 2001

Dean Evans & Associates, located in Englewood, Colorado, recently promoted some of its Event Management Systems software (the software creates calendars) by mailing an advertisement to churches geared toward church management. They tried to be cute but failed. On the cover of the ad is a man with a silly face dressed in vestments and a mitre. The... [Read more...]

STORY WITHIN A STORY

Catalyst October Issue 2001

There can be no tolerance for racism. But when it comes to tolerating anti-Catholicism, that’s a different story. We come to this conclusion after monitoring the reaction to a state legislator who forwarded an e-mail he received that contained racist and anti-Catholic statements. In August, a lawmaker from Harnett County, North Carolina, forwarded... [Read more...]

CHURCH BLAMED FOR AIDS

Catalyst October Issue 2001

AIDS is caused by the Catholic Church. Many sexperts and homosexual activists have made this accusation before, and even members of the Protestant clergy have been known to agree, but now we have the major newspapers in Seattle joining the bandwagon. In August, both the Seattle Times and the Seattle Post-Intelligencer ran articles blaming the Church... [Read more...]

VIRGIN MARY AD

Catalyst October Issue 2001

WANTED: The Virgin Mary – Dead AND Alive! www.truth4today.net That’s what the ad said in the August 16 edition of the Oregonian. We tapped into the website and found an Internet version of the same Catholic-baiting ploy we’ve seen many times before in print. There is a picture of the Virgin Mary standing in front of a mother and child—all done... [Read more...]

NETWORK TV GOES OVER THE EDGE

Catalyst October Issue 2001

Television producers at the major networks have pledged to shock the public by deliberately going over the edge with their new shows this season. For example, obscenities will be uttered on prime time television for the first time, including the “F” word. This is something that the producers at CBS, ABC and NBC are determined to do. They... [Read more...]

“DON’T CRY FOR ME GALILEO”

Catalyst October Issue 2001

William McGurn is a good Catholic who writes a lot of unsigned editorials for the Wall Street Journal; he also writes a number of signed articles. His work is uniformly outstanding. In the course of a piece he did on President Bush’s decision on stem cell research, McGurn lamented the fact that not enough priests have addressed the Church’s teachings... [Read more...]

DON’T LOOK FOR LOGIC

Catalyst October Issue 2001

In August, the New Jersey Supreme court ruled that a man could decide the fate of frozen embryos that he and his former wife had created. Here’s what happened. The court was asked to decide whether a man could have the frozen embryos that he and his former wife had created implanted in another women. The court ruled he could not. To complicate matters,... [Read more...]

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