Essay

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...]

LIVING WITHIN THE TRUTH

Catalyst January/February Issue 2011, Essay

(This article is an excerpt from an address given in Slovakia last year) Living within the truth means living according to Jesus Christ and God’s Word in Sacred Scripture. It means proclaiming the truth of the Christian Gospel, not only by our words but by our example. It means living every day and every moment from the unshakeable conviction that... [Read more...]

RESPONSE TO CNN DOCUMENTARY ON THE POPE

Catalyst November Issue 2010, Essay

Bill Donohue The CNN documentary, “What the Pope Knew,” which aired September 25, deserves a response. The program begins with music and graphics that set the tone: those who think Pope Benedict XVI has been adept at combating priestly sexual abuse must realize that there is “a darker, more complicated story.” Dark, yes, but from CNN’s perch,... [Read more...]

OFFENDING THE DONS OF DIVERSITY

Catalyst September Issue 2010, Essay

Bill Donohue The American Association of University Professors (AAUP) established a fine code on academic freedom in 1940. The freedom of professors to express their views must be respected, it insisted, and this certainly applied to religious speech. Its directive to college administrators was plain: “Limitations of academic freedom because of religious... [Read more...]

MEDIA FEED BIGOTRY

Catalyst June Issue 2010, Essay

Bill Donohue Young people get bits of information from the Internet; urbanites pick up free newspapers stuffed with short stories; others rely on snippets of news from radio or TV; millions depend on wire service stories in their hometown newspapers; and a slim minority are able to access in-depth articles in newspapers and magazines. So when any person... [Read more...]

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