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NEW ASSAULT ON RELIGIOUS RIGHTS

Catalyst September 2014

Anticipating a loss in the Hobby Lobby case, the Obama administration, together with Congressional Democrats, worked overtime this year on a law that would effectively gut the high court ruling. They also plotted to gut the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA), upon which the case was based. This assault on the First Amendment was recently presented... [Read more...]

BID TO KILL RELIGIOUS RIGHTS FAILS

Catalyst September 2014

Recently, the Senate voted on the Protect Women’s Health from Corporate Interference Act. The assault on religious liberty lost as the Senate failed to achieve the 60 votes necessary to advance this bill. While the outcome is welcome, the fact that a majority of Senators, almost all Democrats, are still bent on eviscerating the religious liberty... [Read more...]

TOO MANY CATHOLICS ON THE BENCH?

Catalyst September 2014

“Once again an all-Catholic, all-male, all-ultra-conservative majority of five has voted en bloc to eviscerate fundamental rights,” said Annie Laurie Gaylor of the atheist Freedom From Religion Foundation. Yup. Catholics always conspire to do things “en bloc” (save for Sonia). “Court’s Catholic Justices Attack Women’s... [Read more...]

ATHEIST BIGOTS SLAM CATHOLICS

Catalyst September 2014

Recently, the Freedom From Religion Foundation placed a full-page ad in the New York Times. Most atheists are not bigots, but many atheists who are activists most definitely are. Among them are the anti-Catholics who work at the Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF). A few weeks ago in the New York Times, FFRF took out its vengeance on Catholics by... [Read more...]

GAY GROUP ATTACKS FIRST AMENDMENT

Catalyst September 2014

The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) is ill-named: it is a gay rights group that often disrespects the human rights of those with whom it disagrees. Its latest burst of intolerance recently took place when it attacked David Tyree, the New York Giants’ hero in the 2007 Super Bowl. HRC president Chad Griffin blasted the Giants for hiring Tyree as its... [Read more...]

CNN’S CHIEFS LIVE LAVISHLY

Catalyst September 2014

Recently, cnn.com posted an article on their website called “The Lavish Homes of American Archbishops.” CNN, playing its Pope Francis card, was stunned to learn that “10 of the country’s top church leaders defy the Pope’s example and live in residences worth more than $1 million.” Rebel #1 was New York Archbishop... [Read more...]

COURT RULES AGAINST SEAL OF CONFESSION

Catalyst September 2014

In 2008, a fourteen-year-old girl alleges that she told her parish priest that she was being abused by a now-deceased lay member of their parish. The girl alleges the disclosures came during the Sacrament of Confession. Now her parents are suing the priest, and the Diocese of Baton Rouge, for failing to report the alleged abuse. The State’s Supreme... [Read more...]

NUN PERFORMS ABORTION ON TV SHOW

Catalyst September 2014

A new television show called “The Knick,” began airing on Cinemax (whose parent company is Time Warner) in August. During a recent episode, Sister Harriet, a nurse who runs an orphanage, visited an Irish Catholic woman. The woman, Nora, said she wanted to have an abortion. Nora didn’t want her husband to find out. •  Sister Harriet:... [Read more...]

“BLACK MASS” NIXED IN OKLAHOMA CITY

Catalyst September 2014

There was to be a “Black Mass” performance at the Oklahoma City Civic Center on September 21, using a consecrated Host. But on August 21, after Oklahoma City Archbishop Paul Coakley succeeded in getting a judge to issue a restraining order, on the grounds that the Host had been stolen, the attorney for the Satanic group returned the Host... [Read more...]

RELIGIOUS JOKES DURING RAMADAN

Catalyst September 2014

We know that every time there is a Christian holiday, jokes about Christianity proliferate. Ramadan recently ended, so it was a good time to see how TV hosts treated Islam over the last four weeks, vis-a-vis Catholicism. Not unexpectedly, Ramadan was not an occasion for jokes about Islam. Over the summer, four jokes were told about Islam: Bill Maher,... [Read more...]

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