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COMPLAINT TO U.N. FILED; BIAS AGAINST HOLY SEE NOTED

Catalyst June Issue 2014, Front Page

On May 15, Bill Donohue lodged a formal complaint with Ms. Navanethem Pillay, High Commissioner for the Human Rights Office of the U.N. in Geneva, Switzerland. Donohue charged that Felice Gaer, Vice–Chairperson of the Committee Against Torture, has compromised her objectivity and thus has no legitimate role to play in policing the policies of U.N.... [Read more...]

SATANISTS AT HARVARD

Catalyst June Issue 2014, Front Page

On May 7, the Catholic League protested a scheduled “Black Mass” on the campus of Harvard University; the Satanic event, which was designed to ridicule the Mass, was set for May 12. But it was cancelled just hours before it was to take place. The initial response from the university was wholly unsatisfactory, but on the day of the mock reenactment... [Read more...]

FREE SPEECH UNDER FIRE

Catalyst June Issue 2014, From The President's Desk

William A. Donohue Over and over again, I have said that I would prefer to suffer the indignity of having my religion trashed before endorsing the right of the government to censor the offensive speech. Would there ever be an exception? Of course—no right is absolute. But in almost all cases, having the government silence the offenders is the wrong... [Read more...]

THE MEDIA, THE POPE, AND DISINFORMATION

Catalyst June Issue 2014, Essay

Ronald J. Rychlak On March 22, 2014, Pope Francis received a group of Italian broadcasters at the Vatican. In an unscripted address, he defined the virtues, mission, and sins of the communication media. While encouraging the broadcasters to carry out their work along the paths of truth, goodness, and beauty, he also warned them about three sins embodied... [Read more...]

THE POLITICS OF “JESUS’ WIFE”

Catalyst June Issue 2014

In 2007, the media were agog over the claim by “Titanic” director James Cameron and TV-director Simcha Jacobovici that the Jesus family tomb had been found. Cameron declared that it had been determined “beyond any reasonable doubt” that the tomb of Jesus and his family had been found. It didn’t take long before it was revealed... [Read more...]

“SERRANO’S ART” AUCTIONED BY SOTHEBY’S

Catalyst June Issue 2014

Just a couple of weeks ago, Sotheby’s auctioned the Andres Serrano masterpiece, “Piss Christ,” at 9:30 a.m. The taxpayers were forced to fund this “art” in 1987 to the tune of $15,000; it was supported by the National Endowment for the Arts. “Piss Christ” is Serrano’s primary contribution to Western Civilization:... [Read more...]

SEXUAL ASSAULT ON CAMPUS

Catalyst June Issue 2014

Earlier this year, President Barack Obama established a White House Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assault. We commend him for that, but more needs to be done. Colleges and universities need to get up to speed with the progress made by the Catholic Church in combating sexual assault. Moreover, public officials, beginning with President Obama,... [Read more...]

PASADENA’S PR PROBLEM

Catalyst June Issue 2014

Bill Donohue visited Pasadena in the 1990s and found it to be a great city. Unfortunately, its reputation has been tarnished by a series of blunders, all made by public institutions. Filmmaker Dustin Lance Black contends he was invited to give this year’s commencement address at Pasadena City College (PCC), and was then disinvited because a video... [Read more...]

PRAYER AT COUNCIL MEETINGS AFFIRMED

Catalyst June Issue 2014

The U.S. Supreme Court’s 5-4 ruling quite properly considered, and rejected, a challenge to the customary prayers that are said at town council meetings across the nation. These prayers are ceremonial in nature, and, as former Chief Justice Warren Burger said, they are “deeply embedded in the history and tradition of the country.”... [Read more...]

KERRY’S DISTURBING RELIGION REMARKS

Catalyst June Issue 2014

Secretary of State John Kerry congratulated the U.S. Embassy staff in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on May 1 for promoting “a universal message about the rights of people to be free, about democracy, about the ability of people to be able to choose their government and not be oppressed when they speak out or say something.” He should have stopped... [Read more...]

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