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TREATING FR. GROESCHEL FAIRLY

Catalyst November Issue 2014

Fr. Benedict Groeschel was one of the most courageous and honorable priests Bill Donohue has ever met. His passing is a great loss. His death did not occasion the plaudits he deserved. No doubt it has much to do with his much misunderstood statements from 2012 where he commented on males aged 14, 16 or 18 who might conceivably take sexual advantage... [Read more...]

CONNECTICUT LAW UNFAIRLY BURDENS CHURCH

Catalyst November Issue 2014

Bill Donohue recently defended the Archdiocese of Hartford: •    Jacob Doe claimed he was molested in the early 1980s by a priest, Father Ivan Ferguson, who died in 2002. •     Doe had until 1988 to file a lawsuit, but he never did. •     In 1991, the statute of limitations was amended to 17 years. •     Doe had until 2003 to... [Read more...]

RELIGION IS THE KEY TO SOCIAL CAPITAL

Catalyst November Issue 2014

Recently, the Pew Research Center unleashed a study on the issue of which values are the most important to transmit to children. Eighty-one percent of conservatives think it is especially important to teach children about religion, but only 26 percent of liberals feel the same way. Among those who are consistently liberal, 42 percent are religiously... [Read more...]

“DEATH OF KLINGHOFFER” DISTORTS HISTORY

Catalyst November Issue 2014

Recently, the Catholic League joined the protest of “The Death of Klinghoffer,” the opera that was inspired by the tragic death of Leon Klinghoffer. The Catholic League brought a contingent to the protest of “The Death of Klinghoffer” on September 22, which was opening night of the Metropolitan Opera’s new season; the first... [Read more...]

KANSAS CITY STAR TARGETS BISHOP FINN AGAIN

Catalyst October 2014

Recently, a judge agreed with the finding of an arbitrator that Kansas City-St. Joseph Bishop Robert Finn violated a 2008 agreement mandating that suspected child abuse be reported immediately to the authorities. The Kansas City Star said it is “still waiting for the bishop and the Catholic Diocese to do the right thing,” by which it meant... [Read more...]

HHS MANDATE REVISIONS FAIL TO SATISFY

Catalyst October 2014

Recently, the Obama administration announced new revisions to its HHS mandate that requires Catholic institutions to pay for abortion-inducing drugs as part of their health plans. The federal government revealed that it considers these new rules a “work around” for groups that object to providing coverage for sterilization, contraception... [Read more...]

NEW YORK TIMES ERRS AGAIN

Catalyst October 2014

An editorial that recently appeared in the New York Times cited the Vatican’s disciplinary action against its former ambassador to the Dominican Republic, the now-defrocked Archbishop Jozef Wesolowski. It invoked Pope Francis’ promise that “in the pedophilia scandal ‘there are no privileges.’” The Times erred again... [Read more...]

THE ORDEAL OF FATHER GORDON MACRAE

Catalyst October 2014

This is an excerpt of Bill Donohue’s article that was published last month online. Please see Father MacRae’s website, www.thesestonewalls.com, for more information. On September 23, 1994, Father Gordon MacRae was shackled and led out of Cheshire County Superior Court in Keene, New Hampshire. He had been convicted by a jury of sexual assaults... [Read more...]

KUDOS TO BISHOP JARRELL

Catalyst October 2014

Bill Donohue was recently invited by The Daily Advertiser to write an op-ed on August 23 in defense of Lafayette Bishop Michael Jarrell’s decision not to publish the names of 15 priests who were accused of abuse prior to 1984: Kudos to Lafayette Bishop Michael Jarrell for not publishing the names of priests accused of a sexual offense. His decision... [Read more...]

JUST WAR DOCTRINE

Catalyst October 2014

Several pages in Catalyst address the controversy in the Middle East where a horrific genocide is being committed against Christians by a terrorist group known as ISIS. A handful of prominent Catholic officials have condemned what the terrorist group is doing, and advocated for military action. Some of their strongest statements are featured here. There... [Read more...]

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