September Issue 2007

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Update On “The View”

By | September 29th, 2007|Categories: Catalyst, Features|Tags: |

Looks like our New York Times op-ed page ad of June 12 worked. That was the ad which questioned, "What's Happened to Barbara Walters?" The ad was written to pressure Walters, co-owner of "The View," to get her panelists in line: we recounted 15 occasions where anti-Catholic remarks were voiced on the program over the previous nine months. [...]

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House Effort To Snub Cardinal Fails

By | September 29th, 2007|Categories: Catalyst, Features|Tags: |

A congressional committee tried to snub a prominent U.S. cardinal.  The Catholic League acted, and the committee backed down.   That we achieved a victory shouldn't surprise anyone—we've achieved lots of them.  But the fact that it happened in a matter of mere hours was truly noteworthy.  Here's what happened: On July 19, the New York Post reported that [...]

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New Pittsburgh Bishop Assailed

By | September 29th, 2007|Categories: Catalyst, Features|Tags: |

On July 18, Pope Benedict XVI named Bishop David Zubik the new Bishop of Pittsburgh. A native Pittsburgher, he was greeted with enthusiasm by most area residents. A noticeable exception was the way John McIntire of WTZN-FM reacted. McIntire sported his anti-Catholic colors by making several coarse statements about Bishop Zubik’s reception with local children. "That's [...]

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Film Set In Inquisition Goes Too Far

By | September 29th, 2007|Categories: Catalyst, Features|Tags: |

"Goya's Ghosts," an English-language film released in Europe in 2006, opened in the United States on July 20.  Set in Spain in 1792, the story recounts the fate of Inés, a young woman (a friend of the painter Francisco Goya), who is arrested by the Holy Office of the Inquisition after being accused of secretly practicing [...]

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Grand Rapids Mayor Crosses The Line

By | September 29th, 2007|Categories: Catalyst, Features|Tags: |

George Heartwell, mayor of Grand Rapids, Michigan, sent a campaign postcard to Catholic voters in late July that showed a picture of a local Catholic church on the front and the names of seven local Catholic leaders on the back. The mayor is an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ and an abortion-rights advocate. [...]

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Disney Bans Smoking; Will It Now Ban Catholic Bashing?

By | September 29th, 2007|Categories: Catalyst, Features|Tags: |

Disney president Robert Iger wrote a letter on July 25 to Rep. Edward Markey, chairman of the House Telecommunications & Internet Subcommittee, regarding smoking in Disney’s films. Here is an excerpt: "We discourage depictions of cigarette smoking in Disney, Touchstone and Miramax films. In particular, we expect depictions of cigarette smoking in future Disney branded films [...]

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FX’s “Rescue Me” Rips Catholicism

By | September 29th, 2007|Categories: Catalyst, Features|Tags: |

In the July 25 episode of the FX drama "Rescue Me," Denis Leary's character had an exchange with a new firefighter about the Bible. He said the Bible is to Catholics what "The Godfather" is to the Mafia. Continuing, Leary blasted the Catholic Church for being corrupt, maintaining that his time in the Church was effectively [...]

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Defending Pope Pius XII

By | September 29th, 2007|Categories: Catalyst, Features|Tags: |

The defense of Pope Pius XII is an on-going commitment for us, and to further that end we would like our members to know of the great work conducted by Howard Walsh of Keep the Faith. A Catholic League member, whose daughter Mary once worked at the league, Howard has been fighting the disgraceful reception that [...]

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Catholic League to Thistlethwaite: Butt Out

By | September 27th, 2007|Categories: Catalyst, Features|Tags: |

Nothing riles us more than to see self-righteous anger directed at our religion by professed experts from some other religion. Such was the case recently when Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite attempted to tie the renewed interest to the Latin Mass to the sex abuse scandal that has marked the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. Thistlethwaite is president of [...]

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