Essay

WHY CATHOLICISM MATTERS

Catalyst July/August Issue 2012, Essay

Religious and ethnic loyalties are important to me. I am proud to be Catholic and proud to be Irish. I am also very proud to be an American. But pride absent an intelligent appreciation of one’s roots quickly descends to tribalism, and that is not good for the individual or the society. For example, we need to know why it is rational to be proud of... [Read more...]

STATEMENT TO THE DULUTH COMMUNITY: UNIV. OF MINNESOTA DULUTH HOLOCAUST EVENT

Catalyst May Issue 2012, Essay

Bill Donohue It has come to my attention that the University of Minnesota Duluth is hosting a series of events on the Holocaust; they are scheduled to run between April 12 and April 19. Because many of the events address the religious response to the Holocaust, it is of great interest to the Catholic League. For example, we have a wealth of information... [Read more...]

PSYCHOLOGISTS ADDRESS SEXUAL ABUSE

Catalyst May Issue 2012

William O’Donohue, Ph.D., Olga Cirlugea, B.A., Lorraine Benuto, Ph.D. We are clinical psychologists (the second author is a graduate student in a doctoral training program) at the University of Nevada, Reno who have been treating sexual abuse victims (the first author for over 30 years). We have treated adults who were abused by priests when they... [Read more...]

Shoddy Scholarship in the Study of Pope Pius XII

Catalyst April Issue 2012, Essay

In the December 2011 issue of Commentary magazine, Kevin Madigan, the Winn Professor of Ecclesiastical History at Harvard Divinity School, put forth the false charge that the Vatican under Pope Pius XII intentionally helped Nazi war criminals escape justice and make their way to South America after World War II. He based his article on Gerald Steinacher’s... [Read more...]

SNAP UNRAVELS

Catalyst April Issue 2012

At the end of 2011, a Missouri judge ordered David Clohessy, the president of the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP), to be deposed regarding his role in cases of priestly sexual abuse. Clohessy fought the order vigorously, but lost. On January 2, 2012, he was deposed; the deposition [it is available on our website] was made public... [Read more...]

“OBAMACARE” AND THE CATHOLIC CHURCH: COLLISION COURSE LOOMS

Catalyst January/February Issue 2012, Essay

Kenneth D. Whitehead The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010, popularly known as “Obamacare,” requires individuals to purchase medical insurance and requires most employers to provide such insurance for their employees. Among other things required by the Act, when it is fully implemented, this insurance must henceforth include preventive... [Read more...]

TAKING AIM AT BISHOP FINN

Catalyst December Issue 2011, Essay

Bill Donohue This ad, written by Bill Donohue, was rejected by the Kansas City Star, without explanation. The close relationship between the newspaper and SNAP is disturbing, but to turn down $25,000 is still surprising. The Star can impose a gag rule on us, but it cannot control us. Indeed, this ad was printed in the Northeast News, a weekly suburban... [Read more...]

ROLLING STONE GETS UGLY: VILE HIT ON PHILLY ARCHDIOCESE

Catalyst November Issue 2011, Essay

The following article was written by Bill Donohue in response to a recent attack on the Catholic Church published in Rolling Stone magazine: The sexual abuse scandal in the Catholic Church provides grist for the mill to those who harbor an animus against it, so a certain amount of cheap shots are to be expected. But what was printed in the September... [Read more...]

THE TRUTH ABOUT SNAP: The Real Agenda of the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests

Catalyst September Issue 2011, Essay

The following is an excerpt from the “SNAP Exposed” report; the complete report on the July 8-10 conference in D.C. is available online at catholicleague.org. There were approximately 110-130 people in attendance. All  were white and approximately 60% were female (one male wore a Voice of the Faithful T-shirt). The ages ranged from about 40-75;... [Read more...]

POLITICS COLOR JOHN JAY STUDY

Catalyst July/August Issue 2011, Essay

The  following is an excerpt from Donohue’s “John Jay Study on Sexual Abuse: A Critical  Analysis.” The longer version was sent to all the bishops and is available online at catholicleague.org. In the aftermath of the media blitz in 2002 exposing sexual abuse by Catholic priests, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB)... [Read more...]

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