ROBERTS’ RELIGION PROBED; CATHOLIC BAITING ERUPTS

Catalyst September Issue 2005, Front Page

It didn’t take long before critics of Supreme Court nominee John Roberts made an issue of his religion. All over the airwaves pundits were wondering whether his Catholicism might interfere with his duties as a judge. For example, the day after President Bush nominated Roberts, an influential left-wing publication, The American Prospect, ran a... [Read more...]

SHOWTIME UPDATE

Catalyst September Issue 2005, Front Page

The petition drive against the Showtime production of Penn and Teller’s vicious assault on Mother Teresa was at least partly successful. In an unprecedented move, Viacom/Showtime officials decided never to run this particular episode again. On July 18, the producer of the offensive show, called Bill Donohue. When Donohue accepted the call, the... [Read more...]

THE ATTEMPT TO DERAIL JOHN ROBERTS

Catalyst September Issue 2005, From The President's Desk

William A. Donohue Attempts by some Democrats to derail John Roberts’ nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court by dwelling on his religion will backfire: the nation has had enough with attempts to impose a veiled litmus test on Catholic nominees to the federal bench. When Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Steven Breyer were nominated by President Clinton for... [Read more...]

THE PAPACY AND THE JEWS: RABBI DALIN SETS THE RECORD STRAIGHT

Catalyst September Issue 2005, Essay

By William Doino, Jr. Every day, the secular media bombards us with the idea that the Catholic Church is a backward, repressive institution, unfair to its own members and prejudiced against those outside its communion. Is it any wonder that so many Jews, and other non-Catholics—not to mention “anti-Catholic Catholics” ignorant of their... [Read more...]

RIPPING ROBERTS ON RELIGION

Catalyst September Issue 2005

Many critics of John Roberts have posited that it is legitimate for senators to question him on the relationship between his religion and his position on various constitutional issues. Others have said that his wife’s religious beliefs or associations should also be weighed. Neither of these areas of inquiry were ever pursued by senators when... [Read more...]

BILL FRIST: “DR. DUPLICITY”

Catalyst September Issue 2005

In late July, Senator Bill Frist formally broke with the pro-life community’s opposition to embryonic stem cell research. Bill Donohue wasn’t pleased and let the media know his thoughts: “Here is what Senator John Kerry said when running for president: ‘I believe life does begin at conception.’ Here is what Senator Bill... [Read more...]

“THE DA VINCI CODE” FILM STIRS CONTROVERSY

Catalyst September Issue 2005

Not a single frame has been shot in the film version of “The Da Vinci Code” and already it is the source of controversy. England’s famous Westminster Abbey has refused to allow Columbia pictures the right to use its cathedral, saying it would be “inappropriate” to allow filming. The movie, which is based on the best-selling... [Read more...]

DONOHUE ON “COACHING”

Catalyst September Issue 2005

A new book by Pat Williams, Coaching, contains advice to coaches on how to handle young people. Bill Donohue was asked to contribute, and here is what he said: “Youngsters who show early signs of leadership are often very expressive individuals. You hope that they express this leadership ability in good conduct—but some exuberant young leaders... [Read more...]

CATHOLIC LEAGUE MEMBERS: FIGHTING THE GOOD FIGHT

Catalyst September Issue 2005

ANOTHER “ST. MEL” We now know two Catholic League members who go by the name of Mel. More important, both are men of courage and faith. You already know about Mel Gibson, now meet Mel Le Pan, II. When Mel Le Pan learned that an Augusta, Georgia establishment called Sidetrack Bar and Grill posted an anti-Catholic sign outside the restaurant,... [Read more...]