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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...]

PAPAL WITCH-HUNT

Catalyst May Issue 2010, Essay

Kenneth D. Whitehead Sex abuse is a grave sin in Church teaching and a crime in civil law, and so it was a legitimate subject for media attention. What was unusual in the 2010 Easter season, however, was the way in which Pope Benedict XVI somehow got personally blamed for the new wave of charges. Allegedly, the pope had failed to deal properly with... [Read more...]

THE POPE AND MEDIA BIAS

Catalyst May Issue 2010, Essay

One of the hallmarks of bigotry is the collectivization of guilt. By that measure, much of the criticism against the pope has been nothing if not Catholic bashing. From militant atheists like Christopher Hitchens and Richard Dawkins indicting the Catholic Church as a “child-raping institution,” to newspaper cartoons branding all Catholic clergy... [Read more...]

POLISH VICTIMS OF NAZISM

Catalyst March Issue 2010, Essay

Thaddeus C. Radzilowski The study of the non-Jewish victims of the genocidal and racial policies of the Nazi regime is a comparatively neglected topic. It is complex and at times a controversial issue. To treat them as victims of the Holocaust along with the Jews is to tread into a minefield. Even to compare the Jewish with the gentile experience can... [Read more...]

DUE PROCESS FOR ACCUSED PRIESTS

Catalyst July/August Issue 2009, Essay

Father Gordon J. MacRae This article is expanded from a commentary by the same author entitled “Crime and Punishment” published in the November 2008 issue of First Things. Psychologist Daniel Kahneman won the Nobel Prize in Economics in 2002 for his work on a phenomenon in psychology and marketing called “availability bias.” Kahneman demonstrated... [Read more...]

A NOTRE DAME WITNESS FOR LIFE

Catalyst June Issue 2009, Essay

Bill McGurn This article is an excerpt from a recent speech given by Bill McGurn to Notre Dame’s Center for Ethics and Culture Good evening… The precipitate cause of our gathering tonight is the honor and platform our university has extended to a President whose policies reflect clear convictions about unborn life, and about the value the law... [Read more...]

HUMAN RIGHTS STOOD ON ITS HEAD

Catalyst March Issue 2009, Essay

William A. Donohue On January 23, President Barack Obama rescinded the Mexico City Policy that barred federal funds from being used to promote or perform abortions overseas. He was immediately congratulated by every pro-abortion organization in the nation. The next day he won their plaudits again when he said that “It is time that we end the politicization... [Read more...]

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