MEL GIBSON’S “THE PASSION” COMES UNDER FIRE

Catalyst September Issue 2003, Front Page

Actor Mel Gibson is spending $25 million of his own money to finance a movie about the last 12 hours of Christ’s life. “The Passion” will open during Lent next March or April. It has already come under fire for being allegedly anti-Semitic. Curiously, only those who have not seen the movie are making this charge. Leading the fight... [Read more...]

RELIGIOUS TEST FOR CATHOLICS

Catalyst September Issue 2003, Front Page

Over the summer, the Catholic League became very involved in the nomination of Alabama Attorney General Bill Pryor for a seat on the federal court of appeals in Atlanta. The Catholic League contends that Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee have subjected him to a de facto religious test. Accordingly, William Donohue wrote to all 100 Senators... [Read more...]

MALIGNING MEL GIBSON

Catalyst September Issue 2003, From The President's Desk

William A. Donohue There are several reasons why Mel Gibson is under attack for his movie, “The Passion.” But at bottom it all comes down to the fact that our secular elites have a hard time dealing with traditional Catholics. Add to this the fact that there is a group of Catholics who are more interested in currying favor with these elites... [Read more...]

AN INTERVIEW WITH SOL STERN

Catalyst September Issue 2003, Essay

Louis Giovino, director of communications, recently interviewed Sol Stern, author of Breaking Free: Public School Lessons and the Imperative of School Choice(Encounter Books). Here is an excerpt from their exchange: Louis Giovino: Can you talk about your background? Sol Stern: I grew up in the Bronx. I’m actually an immigrant. I came to the U.S.... [Read more...]

NO CATHOLIC JUDGES NEED APPLY

By Kenneth D. Whitehead On July 31, 2003, the United States Senate voted 53 to 44 against closing off debate on the nomination of William H. Pryor, Jr., the Attorney General of Alabama, to be a federal judge on the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals based in Atlanta. 60 votes would have been required to close off debate so that an up or down vote could... [Read more...]

CBS: CATHOLIC BASHING SYSTEM

Catalyst September Issue 2003

It was one of the most incredible spin jobs the Catholic League has ever seen. CBS literally took the truth and stood it on its head. At the expense of the Catholic Church, of course. On the CBS Evening News of August 6, it was reported that the Vatican issued a document in 1962 that “lays out a church policy that calls for absolute secrecy when... [Read more...]

VATICAN ISSUES PRO-MARRIAGE STATEMENT

Catalyst September Issue 2003

On July 31, the Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith issued a statement that addresses the question of same-sex marriage. In one sense, what the Vatican did was nothing new. Yet no one would know this judging from the reaction of its critics. For two thousand years, the Catholic Church has maintained that marriage is an institution... [Read more...]

PATRICK KENNEDY SLAMS CATHOLIC CHURCH

Catalyst September Issue 2003

An article in the August 6 edition of the Providence Journal quoted Congressman Patrick J. Kennedy as saying the following about the Vatican’s recent statement on homosexual marriages: “I see the policy of opposing same-sex marriages or unions, whatever you call it, as bigotry or discrimination.” We did not hesitate issuing a strong... [Read more...]

CATHOLICS RALLY TO SUPPORT BISHOP MURPHY

Catalyst September Issue 2003

Bishop William F. Murphy of Rockville Centre has come under attack by Voice of the Faithful (VOTF), a lay Catholic reform group organized in the wake of the sex abuse scandal. On July 24, citing a report by Massachusetts Attorney General Thomas Reilly issued on July 23, VOTF said the time has come for Bishop Murphy to resign. On July 25, the Catholic... [Read more...]

“THE MAGDALENE SISTERS”: ANTI-CATHOLIC PROPAGANDA

Catalyst September Issue 2003

“The Magdalene Sisters,” a film about the alleged abuse of wayward girls by nuns in Ireland, opened at theaters over the summer. It is the creation of director Peter Mullan and it was distributed by Miramax, a company run by Harvey and Bob Weinstein. Louis Giovino, director of communications for the Catholic League, saw the movie and provided... [Read more...]

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