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BIAS AND BIGOTRY AT THE BBC PART II

By | July 5th, 2016|Categories: Catalyst, Essay|Tags: |

In her report on the BBC's response to Jimmy Savile, Dame Janet Smith contended that no one at the top of the BBC ever heard about Savile's decades-long history of rape, though much of it occurred on the BBC's premises. If we are to accept her conclusion, then why should we believe that the pope knew [...]

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BIAS AND BIGOTRY AT THE BBC – PART I

By | May 23rd, 2016|Categories: Catalyst, Essay|Tags: |

Bill Donohue This is Part I of a two part series; the June Catalyst will feature Part II. These articles represent an abbreviated version of Donohue's monograph, "BBC Reports on Sexual Abuse: From Jimmy Savile to the Catholic Church." It was sent to the bishops, and to select media outlets in the U.S. and the U.K. [...]

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Will Wilder and Me: The Quest For Literacy

By | April 18th, 2016|Categories: Catalyst, Essay|Tags: |

Raymond Arroyo You could say that the Will Wilder series, my first foray into fiction, started as a "soap opera." When they were younger, my children, during bath time would demand original stories for entertainment. To get them to advance to the next step in the bathing process, I would indulge the kids desire for new [...]

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Modern Catholicism, the Antithesis of Fundamentalism

By | March 21st, 2016|Categories: Catalyst, Essay|Tags: |

Robert Royal Anti-Catholicism in America stems from many sources. Historically, of course, this predominantly Protestant nation had a built-in prejudice against Catholics, on theological grounds. But there were many other factors as well. Our mostly British early Americans also resented it when large waves of immigrants—Irish, German, Polish, Italian, and many others who were largely Catholic—began [...]

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SHINING THE LIGHT ON “SPOTLIGHT”

By | December 18th, 2015|Categories: Catalyst, Essay|Tags: |

The following report written by Bill Donohue was published on the Catholic League's website on November 2. It was sent to those in the media and entertainment industries as well as Catholic dioceses throughout the nation. The movie "Spotlight" is bound to spark more conversation about the sexual abuse scandal in the Catholic Church. Unfortunately, much [...]

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MEN, WOMEN, AND CHILDREN: MADE FOR EACH OTHER

By | November 18th, 2015|Categories: Catalyst, Essay|Tags: |

In November 2014, the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith sponsored an international colloquium on the complementarity of man and woman in marriage; it was co-hosted by several Pontifical Councils. Pope Francis opened the event with a stirring address, and he was followed by approximately 400 scholars and religious leaders from around the world. Plough [...]

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WHY FR. SERRA DESERVES TO BE CANONIZED

By | July 28th, 2015|Categories: Catalyst, Essay|Tags: |

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 [...]

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The Secularist Assault On America’s Moral Consensus

By | May 20th, 2015|Categories: Catalyst, Essay|Tags: |

Rick Hinshaw From the earliest days of their agitation to legalize abortion, America's modern-day secularists made inevitable the aggressive war on religious freedom they are engaged in today. From the start, the secularists deployed the weapon of anti-religious – primarily anti-Catholic – bigotry in advancing the pro-abortion agenda, portraying their opponents as narrowly sectarian religious zealots [...]

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The Catholic Advantage

By | March 19th, 2015|Categories: Catalyst, Essay|Tags: |

Bill Donohue We all want to be healthy, happy, and make it to heaven; even atheists who do not believe in heaven would prefer they enter the pearly gates if   given only two choices. Who are the most likely, and the least likely, to achieve the Three H's of health, happiness, and heaven is the subject [...]

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RELIGIOUS CONSERVATIVES UNITE

By | November 19th, 2014|Categories: Catalyst, Essay|Tags: |

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 work together on social issues, [...]

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