CONSERVATIVE ACTIVISTS SEEK BAN ON QURAN

Catalyst September Issue 2002

The Family Policy Network, a Virginia-based activist organization, filed suit in federal district court over the summer challenging the right of the University of North Carolina to require incoming freshmen to read selections from the Quran. The organization holds that the book, Approaching the Qur’an: The Early Revelations, should not be assigned... [Read more...]

PLAYBOY UNEARTHS BOBBLEHEAD EX-PRIEST

Catalyst September Issue 2002

The September issue of Playboy features an article by an ex-Jesuit priest, Charles J. O’Byrne, on his tortured experience with the Catholic Church. We took the occasion to comment to the press that “There’s nothing worse than an embittered Irish Catholic who is at war with the Church.” Indeed, we said, “O’Byrne is... [Read more...]

BILL O’REILLY BLASTS THE POPE

Catalyst September Issue 2002

The “O’Reilly Factor” show that aired July 30 on the Fox News Channel saw host Bill O’Reilly blast Pope John Paul II for not meeting with the victims of priestly sexual molestation in Toronto. He complained that the pope would not even allow 30 minutes to meet with the survivors. O’Reilly also said he could not believe... [Read more...]

PARTING SHOTS AT BILL MAHER

Catalyst September Issue 2002

Catholic League members know that we have stayed on the back of bigot-comedian Bill Maher for years. It was only fitting, then, that we offered some parting shots when we learned that his show was to be thrown off the air over the summer. Here’s how we said goodbye: “Over the years we have had a good time reading the enfeebled responses... [Read more...]

TV’S NEW SEASON BEGINS

Catalyst September Issue 2002

Television’s new season is about to begin and there are a few shows that bear watching—not from an entertainment point of view, but from the perspective of the Catholic League. CBS is going to air a four-hour miniseries about Hitler. It will deal with his early life and rise to power and will also explore the social and political environment... [Read more...]

JANE MAGAZINE FOOLS NO ONE

Catalyst September Issue 2002

The August edition of Jane magazine featured a satirical article about how people can use the same tactics as pedophile priests to have casual sex. Titled “How to get laid like a priest,” the article contained a disclaimer asserting it was targeting only pedophile priests, not the Church in general. The accompanying photographs showed a... [Read more...]

RADIO HOST DISCIPLINED

Catalyst September Issue 2002

On July 25, radio show host John Ziegler treated his listeners on WHAS in Louisville, Kentucky, to an extended diatribe on Catholicism. He managed to lambaste celibacy, the sacraments, and Church teachings. But he saved his biggest guns for an attack on the Eucharist. Ziegler opined how “freaky somebody has to be to become a priest when celibacy... [Read more...]

CHEAP SHOTS ON “SEX AND THE CITY”

Catalyst September Issue 2002

On July 28, the HBO show “Sex and the City” aired an episode that was dotted with cheap shots at Catholicism. The episode, “Unoriginal Sin,” featured Sarah Jessica Parker playing Carrie Bradshaw; Carrie is also the show’s narrator. Viewers also meet Miranda, an unmarried non-Catholic mother of a newborn. Her boyfriend... [Read more...]

“SOUTH PARK” SHOWS COWARDICE

Catalyst September Issue 2002

Over the summer, Comedy Central spent a lot of time promoting a particular episode of “South Park.” The promo for the show that aired July 3 boasted that this is one “the Catholic Church doesn’t want you to see.” Not surprisingly, this episode targeted the sex abuse scandal in the Church. The promo featured a bishop standing... [Read more...]

LEGALISMS FAIL TO PERSUADE

Catalyst September Issue 2002

The spring edition of Law and Courts, a newsletter published by the American Political Science Association (APSA), contained an article on a judge often touted as a possible Supreme Court nominee. Of Judge Emilio Garza it was said that he “is single, is a devout Catholic and is said to regularly attend Mass during his lunch hour. Associates report... [Read more...]

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