MEL GIBSON APOLOGIZES; CRITICS EXPLOIT THE MOMENT

Catalyst September Issue 2006, Front Page

In the early morning hours of July 28, Mel Gibson was arrested for suspicion of drunk driving. But what got him into the most trouble was his comment, “The Jews are responsible for all the wars in the world.” Our immediate response was to label Gibson’s remark “indefensible,” “anti-Semitic” and “irresponsible.”... [Read more...]

MADONNA HITS ROME

Catalyst September Issue 2006, Front Page

Pop-singer Madonna took her “Confessions” tour to Rome on Sunday, August 4. During her song “Live To Tell,” she wore a crown of thorns while suspended from a mirrored cross. On several national TV shows, Bill Donohue labeled Madonna’s latest stunt “an act of provocation.” Had she gone to Venice on a Saturday,... [Read more...]

NICE TO KNOW WHAT OFFENDS HOLLYWOOD

Catalyst September Issue 2006, From The President's Desk

William A. Donohue Mel Gibson got drunk, got behind the wheel and was arrested. What he did was irresponsible. He then blurted out anti-Semitic comments to the arresting officer, who happened to be Jewish. That was indefensible. Next he apologized—twice—without qualification. Which is what he should have done. Case closed? Not on your life: Mel’s... [Read more...]

EDUCATION MYTHS

Catalyst September Issue 2006, Essay

By Jay P. Greene The following article is an excerpt from a longer piece that appeared in the July/August edition of The American Enterprise (the flagship publication of the American Enterprise Institute) titled, “Education Myths” (Greene has published a book by that name). Greene, who runs the Department of Education Reform at the University... [Read more...]

BUYER BEWARE: DON’T PURCHASE THE THIRD SECRET

Catalyst September Issue 2006

Page 2 is usually reserved to promote books and publications that may be of interest to our members. But this month we are doing something different: we’re advising against buying something. That something is the audio version of the book The Third Secret, by Steve Berry. In August, The Most Reverend John Clayton Nienstedt, Bishop of the Diocese... [Read more...]

MEL’S CRITICS SMELL BLOOD

Catalyst September Issue 2006

Here’s what some critics said about Mel Gibson, following his arrest incident: ●   July 30, agent Ari Emanuel in the Huffington Post: “People in the entertainment community, whether Jew or gentile, need to demonstrate that they understand how much is at stake in this by professionally shunning Mel Gibson and refusing to work with him,... [Read more...]

HAPPY ENDING IN ORLANDO

Catalyst September Issue 2006

A significant part of what we do here at the Catholic League involves clearing up historical or theological errors believed about the Church. Some anti-Catholic canards (e.g. Pope Pius XII was “Hitler’s Pope,” the Church stifles scientific inquiry, etc.) we see time and again as they are held tightly by their proponents. Some of those... [Read more...]

HBO’S “LUCKY LOUIE” IS BARBARIC

Catalyst September Issue 2006

Blasphemy often follows obscenity, and HBO’s sitcom “Lucky Louie” has been obscene from the first episode. So Catholics were due. Here’s a sample of the first nine episodes of the show: ●   Louie, the main character, is found masturbating in a broom closet. ●   Louie does not want to get his wife pregnant until they figure... [Read more...]

MORE PHONY BALONEY

Catalyst September Issue 2006

Ever since Dan Brown made a splash with the Da Vinci Code, the kooks have been coming out of the woodwork. The latest is Kathleen McGowan. In her novel, The Expected One, she claims to be a descendant of Jesus and Mary Magdalene. In other words, she is from the “sacred bloodline” that Brown made famous. What proof does she have? None.... [Read more...]

STEM CELL DEBATE GETS UGLY

Catalyst September Issue 2006

The U.S. Senate passed three pieces of legislation regarding stem cell research on July 18. Two of the bills were non-controversial: one bans growing human embryos in a human or animal with the intent of harvesting stem cells, and the other promotes adult stem cell research. The controversial bill would have expanded federal funding for embryonic stem... [Read more...]

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