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HOLY SEE REPLIES TO U.N. COMMITTEE

Catalyst November Issue 2014

Recently, the Holy See replied to a report issued earlier this year by the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child. The Holy See took this U.N. committee to task on three levels: the international body does not understand the reach of the Holy See’s authority; it unjustly involved itself in canon law; and it advanced positions on parental... [Read more...]

COMMON CORE’S STRONG ARM TACTICS

Catalyst November Issue 2014

The implementation of Common Core in New York State, one of the first states to adopt it, is an abject failure: academic achievement is regressing. Whatever merits it may have, its most vociferous proponents are out of line when they try to strong-arm Catholic schools into accepting it. The Council for a Strong America (CSA) is pressuring Catholic educators... [Read more...]

FLORIDA HACK ATTACKS CATHOLIC JUDGE

Catalyst November Issue 2014

Kathleen Oropeza is the president of Fund Education Now, a Florida activist group that is anti-school voucher, anti-charter schools, anti-testing, and pro-union. Her outfit has filed a lawsuit contending that the state constitution mandates “high quality” public education, and that funds distributed to other schools deprive public schools... [Read more...]

SYNOD ENDS ON BALANCED NOTE

Catalyst November Issue 2014

The Synod of Bishops ended their two weeks of discussion affirming Church teachings on marriage and the family. The bishops also held out the prospect of making some changes when the Synod convenes again next October. The pope will then offer his own thoughts on the subject. The final report, which was released on October 18, differed from the interim... [Read more...]

CONFESSION CASE ON APPEAL

Catalyst November Issue 2014

The Catholic League, along with many other Catholic organizations, has joined the amicus curiae brief prepared by Catholic Action for Faith and Family that seeks to protect the seal of Confession. The case could reach the U.S. Supreme Court. The State Supreme Court of Louisiana ruled in July that Father Jeff Bayhi may be compelled to testify whether... [Read more...]

IS “BLUE BLOODS” COMMITTING SUICIDE?

Catalyst November Issue 2014

We’ve been impressed with the underlying positive message of “Blue Bloods” over the years, as well as its welcome treatment of Catholicism. But after a recent episode of the show, we’re now wondering whether CBS is turning on its audience. We were bombarded with complaints following the episode that aired on October 10. Police... [Read more...]

“MINDY” GETS DIRTY

Catalyst November Issue 2014

A couple of weeks ago, a recent episode of “The Mindy Project,” a Fox show, opened with an implied sex scene involving Dr. Mindy Lahiri (played by Mindy Kaling) and Danny Castellano (played by Chris Messina); it was titled, “I Slipped!” The room was dark and there was moaning. Here is how the script unfurled: Mindy: “Oh... [Read more...]

FAWNING OVER MUSLIMS

Catalyst November Issue 2014

The following article by Bill Donohue was published by Newsmax on October 3: On September 29, Kansas City Chiefs safety Husain Abdullah, who is a Muslim, incurred a penalty in his game against the New England Patriots for sliding in the end zone after he scored a touchdown; he then bowed in prayer. He is man enough to admit that he was properly penalized... [Read more...]

BEN AFFLECK DISCOVERS BIGOTRY

Catalyst November Issue 2014

Recently, Bill Maher had to educate Ben Affleck about the lethal differences between Islam and Christianity on his HBO show. A debate ensued between atheist author Sam Harris and Affleck over the number of Muslims who embrace jihad, prompting Affleck to opine, “You are saying that Islamophobia is not a real thing. It’s just an ugly thing... [Read more...]

CATHOLIC SCHOOL ATHLETICS AND SEXUALITY

Catalyst November Issue 2014

The divide between Catholic sexual ethics and secular sexual ethics has been played out in Pennsylvania and Minnesota in a dramatic way. The New York Times recently reported that the Diocese of Harrisburg has adopted a policy barring boys on high school wrestling teams from competing with girls from other schools; girls in Catholic schools have also... [Read more...]

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