Update On “The View”

Catalyst September Issue 2007

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... [Read more...]

House Effort To Snub Cardinal Fails

Catalyst September Issue 2007

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... [Read more...]

New Pittsburgh Bishop Assailed

Catalyst September Issue 2007

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... [Read more...]

Film Set In Inquisition Goes Too Far

Catalyst September Issue 2007

“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 Jewish customs. ... [Read more...]

Grand Rapids Mayor Crosses The Line

Catalyst September Issue 2007

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. One of his challengers,... [Read more...]

Disney Bans Smoking; Will It Now Ban Catholic Bashing?

Catalyst September Issue 2007

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... [Read more...]

FX’s “Rescue Me” Rips Catholicism

Catalyst September Issue 2007

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... [Read more...]

Defending Pope Pius XII

Catalyst September Issue 2007

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 Pius XII has received by the Yad Vashem... [Read more...]

Catholic League to Thistlethwaite: Butt Out

Catalyst September Issue 2007

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 the... [Read more...]

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