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GAY MARRIAGE LEGALIZED; RELIGIOUS LIBERTY IMPERILED

Catalyst July/August Issue 2015, Front Page

In a 5-4 decision, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that gay marriage is a constitutional right that must be observed by all 50 states. Instead of allowing the states the right to make decisions about marriage, these judges elected to impose their will on the nation. The five justices cited the 14th Amendment as their rationale. But that amendment was passed... [Read more...]

POPE SPARKS CONTROVERSY

Catalyst July/August Issue 2015, Front Page

Pope Francis’ encyclical, Laudato Si, ignited quite a reaction among fans and foes alike. The irony of seeing traditional enemies of the Catholic Church now hail the pope, even to the point of insisting that Catholic politicians take their marching orders from Rome, was amusing. The pope painted a bleak picture saying that the earth “is... [Read more...]

MOTHER ANGELICA’S GREATEST GIFT

Catalyst July/August Issue 2015, From The President's Desk

William A. Donohue Mother Angelica built the most powerful Catholic media empire in American history, one so towering that it really has no rival anywhere in the world. The Eternal Word Television Network (EWTN) is, without doubt, her greatest gift. It is a tragedy that she is not in better health—she is 92—to see the extent of her contribution. There... [Read more...]

WHY FR. SERRA DESERVES TO BE CANONIZED

Catalyst July/August Issue 2015, Essay

Bill Donohue This article is adapted from Bill Donohue’s longer piece, “The Noble Legacy of Father Serra.” To read the full text, click here. Who Was Father Serra? Junípero Serra was born on the Island of Majorca, off the coast of Spain in 1713, and died in Monterey, California in 1784. Partly of Jewish ancestry, this young and sickly... [Read more...]

U.N. REFUSES TO PUNISH SEX OFFENDERS

Catalyst July/August Issue 2015

At the end of May, Bill Donohue wrote a letter to U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on the refusal of the United Nations to punish sexual abuse committed by its peacekeeping missions. He wants the U.N. to either implement its “zero tolerance” policy, adopted in 2004, or to stop all proceedings against the Holy See on this issue. Below is... [Read more...]

NBC NOW DEMANDS SECRECY

Catalyst July/August Issue 2015

NBC has its chief news anchor Brian Williams go rogue, and instead of commissioning an independent investigation, it decided to do an in-house probe. Just as bad, it is keeping the report secret. Now consider its reporting on the Catholic Church. On 5-18-11, it reported that an independent investigation of the Church’s priest abuse scandal was... [Read more...]

CATHOLIC POLITICIANS AND THE CHURCH

Catalyst July/August Issue 2015

The media are awash with stories on the tension between Catholic GOP presidential candidates and their fidelity to Pope Francis’ encyclical on the environment. It is a story worth exploring. But an even juicier story is the decades-long rejection of papal authority by Catholic Democrats in Washington on issues such as abortion. In recent years,... [Read more...]

RUBIO: CATECHISM MAY BE BRANDED “HATE SPEECH”

Catalyst July/August Issue 2015

A couple of weeks ago, Sen. Marco Rubio told Rev. Pat Robertson that anyone who supports traditional marriage is being labeled “a homophobe and a hater.” He said “the next step is to argue that the teachings of mainstream Christianity, the Catechism of the Catholic Church, is hate speech….” Rubio did not exaggerate. As... [Read more...]

DISCRIMINATION AGAINST CHRISTIANS IS REAL

Catalyst July/August Issue 2015

A few weeks ago the Public Religion Research Institute released a religion news survey. Are Christians discriminated against in a nation that is over 70 percent Christian? The public seems to think so. Here is the question posed to respondents: “In America today, discrimination against Christians has become as big a problem as discrimination against... [Read more...]

FEMINISTS WAGE “WAR ON WOMEN”

Catalyst July/August Issue 2015

Recently, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a Texas law that protects women’s health. The federal appeals panel ruled that it was a “legitimate purpose” of the Texas law “to provide the highest quality of care to women seeking abortions and to protect the health and welfare of women seeking abortions.” This ruling... [Read more...]

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