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FLORIDA BISHOP RIPPED BY FOES; DISSIDENTS ON THE MARCH

Catalyst November Issue 2014, Front Page

Dissident lay Catholics in Southwest Florida, along with some priests, have declared war on Bishop Frank Dewane. He is the Bishop of Venice and is by all accounts a loyal son of the Church. Which is why they are out to get him. Dewane is drawing the ire of Catholic malcontents, and ex-Catholics, because of his orthodoxy. His critics are largely drawn... [Read more...]

BIGOTED LAWYER LOSES

Catalyst November Issue 2014, Front Page

The Supreme Court of Wisconsin recently responded to the 2011 grievance filed by the Catholic League against attorney Rebekah M. Nett. We asked that she be investigated for making stridently anti-Catholic remarks against United States Bankruptcy Judge Nancy Dreher, and others. We are happy to report that she has lost her license for a year. The formal... [Read more...]

GAYS AND GAY ACTIVISTS

Catalyst November Issue 2014, From The President's Desk

William A. Donohue According to the Centers for Disease Control, 1.6 percent of Americans are homosexual. Yet that very small minority projects an influence on our culture that is extraordinary. A few years back, gay reporters at the New York Times were bragging how many of them were working on front-page stories. Hollywood studios employ a significant... [Read more...]

RELIGIOUS CONSERVATIVES UNITE

Catalyst November Issue 2014, Essay

Bill Donohue Alliances are formed on the basis of mutual interests and needs, and the religious conservative alliance is no exception. There were forces external to each religious community, as well as forces within each community, that made the alliance possible. While today Catholic traditionalists, evangelical Protestants, Orthodox Jews, and others... [Read more...]

HOLY SEE REPLIES TO U.N. COMMITTEE

Catalyst November Issue 2014

Recently, the Holy See replied to a report issued earlier this year by the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child. The Holy See took this U.N. committee to task on three levels: the international body does not understand the reach of the Holy See’s authority; it unjustly involved itself in canon law; and it advanced positions on parental... [Read more...]

COMMON CORE’S STRONG ARM TACTICS

Catalyst November Issue 2014

The implementation of Common Core in New York State, one of the first states to adopt it, is an abject failure: academic achievement is regressing. Whatever merits it may have, its most vociferous proponents are out of line when they try to strong-arm Catholic schools into accepting it. The Council for a Strong America (CSA) is pressuring Catholic educators... [Read more...]

FLORIDA HACK ATTACKS CATHOLIC JUDGE

Catalyst November Issue 2014

Kathleen Oropeza is the president of Fund Education Now, a Florida activist group that is anti-school voucher, anti-charter schools, anti-testing, and pro-union. Her outfit has filed a lawsuit contending that the state constitution mandates “high quality” public education, and that funds distributed to other schools deprive public schools... [Read more...]

SYNOD ENDS ON BALANCED NOTE

Catalyst November Issue 2014

The Synod of Bishops ended their two weeks of discussion affirming Church teachings on marriage and the family. The bishops also held out the prospect of making some changes when the Synod convenes again next October. The pope will then offer his own thoughts on the subject. The final report, which was released on October 18, differed from the interim... [Read more...]

CONFESSION CASE ON APPEAL

Catalyst November Issue 2014

The Catholic League, along with many other Catholic organizations, has joined the amicus curiae brief prepared by Catholic Action for Faith and Family that seeks to protect the seal of Confession. The case could reach the U.S. Supreme Court. The State Supreme Court of Louisiana ruled in July that Father Jeff Bayhi may be compelled to testify whether... [Read more...]

IS “BLUE BLOODS” COMMITTING SUICIDE?

Catalyst November Issue 2014

We’ve been impressed with the underlying positive message of “Blue Bloods” over the years, as well as its welcome treatment of Catholicism. But after a recent episode of the show, we’re now wondering whether CBS is turning on its audience. We were bombarded with complaints following the episode that aired on October 10. Police... [Read more...]

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