BOOK SELLERS JOIN ATTACK ON PIUS

Catalyst September Issue 2001

First the Book-of-the-Month Club uncritically promoted John Cornwell’s Hitler’s Pope as if the thesis were undisputed, and now they’re at it again doing the same for James Carroll’s Constantine’s Sword. The September catalog describes Carroll as “confronting the Catholic Church’s historical hatred of Jews from the gospels to the... [Read more...]

PRAY FOR THE BOSTON GLOBE

Catalyst September Issue 2001

Ray Flynn is the former Mayor of Boston and former U.S. Ambassador to the Vatican. He is also a proud and courageous Catholic who is not afraid to speak his mind. Recently, when the Boston Globe launched another one of its missiles at Bernard Cardinal Law, Ray wrote a letter to the publisher taking the newspaper to task. His letter was printed but... [Read more...]

BILL ON CONFESSIONAL SEAL

Catalyst September Issue 2001

Congressman Peter King of Long Island is introducing HR 751, the “Religious Communications Sanctity Act.” It is needed to protect the confessional seal from being tampered with by prosecutors. William Donohue endorsed the legislation and sent the following statement to Rep. King for dissemination among his colleagues: “As president... [Read more...]

WHY WE OBJECT TO “CORPUS CHRISTI”

Catalyst September Issue 2001

[The following is a short excerpt of the remarks made by Catholic League director of research Robert P. Lockwood at Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne on August 14. His comments were made at an all day forum at the university.] Terrence McNally’s play “Corpus Christi” is masked as some kind of clarion call for toleration.... [Read more...]

HOWARD STERN SLANDERS PRIESTS; MILLER BREWING STANDS BY THEIR MAN

Catalyst September Issue 2001

Howard Stern, no stranger to insult comedy, attacked Catholic priests in a vicious diatribe on June 30. Miller Brewing, one of Stern’s biggest sponsors, told the Catholic League they were going to stand by their man. Here’s what happened. On June 30, porn star Rebecca Lord appeared on the “Howard Stern Show” on E! Entertainment Television.... [Read more...]

BELIEFNET PROVES BELIEVABLE

Catalyst September Issue 2001

In the last issue of Catalyst, we ran a story citing our objections to certain questions posted in the Catholic section of Beliefnet. It was enough to have us complain to ABC about the newly announced partnership with Beliefnet, the Internet company that addresses religious issues from across all the major faith groups. The story ended saying that... [Read more...]

CATHOLIC-JEWISH COMMISSION CRASHES

Catalyst September Issue 2001

Amidst charges and countercharges, the International Catholic-Jewish Commission studying the role of Pope Pius XII during the Holocaust crashed in July after two years of work. No one is satisfied with the outcome. The panel of three Catholic and three Jewish scholars began examining 11 volumes of Vatican archival documents in 1999 (the Catholic contingent... [Read more...]

HOSTILE HEALTH BILLS

Catalyst September Issue 2001

An appeals court in California has ruled that Catholic Charities must cover contraception for its workers. A similar measure is pending in New York state. At stake is a central religious liberty question: To be exact, to what extent can the state dictate to religious organizations? It has not gone unnoticed that this separation of church and state issue... [Read more...]

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