FASHION STATEMENTS

Catalyst September Issue 1998

There was this picture of an particularly ugly-looking bare-chested young man holding what looked to be a football-shaped something or other with a handle on it. What got the attention of Bernadette Brady were the big rosary beads that were hung around his neck. Tongue-in-cheek, Brady called Moschino, the Madison Avenue store that ran the ad, and asked... [Read more...]

CATHOLIC NURSES WIN

Catalyst September Issue 1998

Over the summer, two Catholic nurses from upstate New York won a major victory in court that gives new legal rights to pro-life hospital employees. The New York State Appellate Division ruled in late July that nurses who are dismissed from a hospital for refusing to assist in an abortion have a legal right to sue the hospital. Previously, the law in... [Read more...]

DIESEL APOLOGIZES

Catalyst September Issue 1998

In the March Catalyst, we ran a short story on an ad by Diesel that appeared in the March edition of Marie Claire. The ad pictured several women wearing Diesel jeans draped in a habit headpiece praying the rosary; in a grotto behind them was a statue of the Virgin Mary, who was also wearing jeans. We are glad to say that an apology was finally granted... [Read more...]

BORDERS BALKS

Catalyst September Issue 1998

One of our members from Bohemia, Long Island went book browsing at Borders on a Sunday evening and walked away angry. His anger was fed by what he encountered in the “Religion” section of the store. There he found a quartet singing anti-Catholic songs. The quartet, billed as a “lesbigay” group, started singing lines like “Jesus... [Read more...]

QUOTABLE

Catalyst September Issue 1998

“The cultural elite has rejected traditional Judaism and Christianity, not out of petulance but because it holds the Bible to be immoral.” “We should strike directly at the worst part of today’s pro-homosexual slant: We should outlaw sex education in the public schools.” Yale professor David Gelernter, Wall Street Journal,... [Read more...]

TYPICAL NEW YORK TIMES

Catalyst September Issue 1998

In the fall 1997, the Catholic League protested a Los Angeles exhibition by Robert Gober that appeared in the Museum of Contemporary Art. The Gober display was a figure of Our Blessed Mother with a huge phallic culvert pipe piercing her abdomen. The promotional material for the exhibit said that “the culvert deprives the Virgin Mary of the womb... [Read more...]

WHY NOT A MINISTER OR RABBI?

Catalyst September Issue 1998

Reasoning by analogy is something we do at the Catholic League everyday. When we can’t convince someone who has offended us that it is wrong to treat Catholics in a particular fashion, we substitute some other group for Catholics to make our point. It usually works. Here are two recent examples. On July 15 we spotted an article in USA Today about... [Read more...]

CHURCH AND STATE IN RALEIGH

Catalyst September Issue 1998

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has ordered the Roman Catholic Diocese of Raleigh, North Carolina, to rehire a woman whom the diocese fired as its director of music ministry; EEOC has also mandated that all diocesan employees be trained in Title VII of the Civil Rights Act. The diocese is refusing to cooperate saying that EEOC has... [Read more...]

APOLOGY GRANTED

Catalyst September Issue 1998

Following a complaint made by the Catholic League, the San Francisco Examiner issued an apology for publishing an offensive joke. On June 14, in the magazine section of the newspaper, Shann Nix opened a piece on President Clinton with a joke about the pope and Clinton (they die on the same day). The joke has it that after an initial mistake, the pope... [Read more...]

MEDIA KISS-UP TO KISSLING

Catalyst September Issue 1998

Neither Frances Kissling, nor her letter-head group, Catholics for a Free Choice, are Catholic, but that means nothing to many in the media. To take the two latest examples, ABC and the New York Times, both media outlets seem bent on creating for Kissling what she cannot do for herself, namely, achieving credibility with Catholics. On July 21, Peter... [Read more...]

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