From The President’s Desk

JUSTIFYING ANTI-CATHOLICISM

Catalyst May Issue 2016, From The President's Desk

William A. Donohue Anti-Zionists often say they are not opposed to Jews, just the Israeli state. Some are telling the truth, but others are lying. Similarly, hyper-critics of Catholicism often say they are anti-clerical, but not anti-Catholic. Yes, that is true for some, but not universally so. In both cases, even among those who are not lying, it is... [Read more...]

THE NEED TO BE ENTERTAINED

Catalyst April Issue 2016, From The President's Desk

William A. Donohue Virtually everyone I know is sick and tired of the presidential debates, and it matters not a whit whether the person is a Republican or a Democrat. The general consensus is that the debates have become a circus, a nasty set of exchanges that do little to inform. But, boy, do they entertain. That, unfortunately, is the problem. We... [Read more...]

CATHOLIC COMPLACENCY

Catalyst March Issue 2016, From The President's Desk

About a year ago, I was asked by a staffer for Tom Monaghan (of Domino’s Pizza fame) to speak at the 2016 Legatus conference. He was upset that Catholics are too complacent; he wanted me to address why. Legatus, founded by Tom, is an organization of Catholic business elites, many of whom are CEOs. I was only too happy to oblige. At the end of... [Read more...]

ABORTION KILLS, USUALLY

Catalyst January/February Issue 2016, From The President's Desk

William A. Donohue Melissa Ohden should have died in 1977, but the abortion failed. On September 9, 2015, the founder of Abortion Survivors Network testified before the House Judiciary Committee to explain her story. I cannot improve on her testimony, so I offer an excerpt: “From ‘botched abortion’ to ‘the dreaded complication... [Read more...]

NO “SPOTLIGHT” ON HOLLYWOOD CHILD RAPE

Catalyst December Issue 2015, From The President's Desk

William A. Donohue In the run-up to the November 6 debut of “Spotlight,” movie reviewers hailed it as an eye-opening account of the sexual abuse scandal that occurred in the Boston Archdiocese. But Hollywood has no interest in turning its cameras on itself, which is why the public’s eyes have been shut tight from seeing a movie that... [Read more...]

PLAYBOY DECLARES VICTORY

Catalyst November Issue 2015, From The President's Desk

William A. Donohue [Editor’s note: This is a slightly longer version of an article that first appeared online at Newsmax.] If they want to keep their jobs, the girls at Playboy have to put their clothes back on (or at least their pants). As reported in the October 13 edition of the New York Times, that is the considered judgment of the magazine’s... [Read more...]

DISOBEYING THE LAW

Catalyst October Issue 2015, From The President's Desk

William A. Donohue Is it ever right to disobey the law in a democracy? This question has been raised a lot lately, especially in the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court decision legalizing same-sex marriage. There are two concepts of law that need to be considered: the positive law and the natural law. The positive law is that which the government posits,... [Read more...]

POPE’S VISIT RIPE FOR PROPAGANDA

Catalyst September Issue 2015, From The President's Desk

William A. Donohue Propaganda experts are already out in force and Pope Francis has yet to come to the U.S. Propaganda is the deliberate skewing of information done for the purpose of altering public opinion about a cause, institution, or leader. Proponents seek to manipulate the public by engaging in hyperbole and falsehoods. The way the media exploit... [Read more...]

MOTHER ANGELICA’S GREATEST GIFT

Catalyst July/August Issue 2015, From The President's Desk

William A. Donohue Mother Angelica built the most powerful Catholic media empire in American history, one so towering that it really has no rival anywhere in the world. The Eternal Word Television Network (EWTN) is, without doubt, her greatest gift. It is a tragedy that she is not in better health—she is 92—to see the extent of her contribution. There... [Read more...]

WHO UNDERVALUES WOMEN?

Catalyst June Issue 2015, From The President's Desk

William A. Donohue We hear it all the time: the Catholic Church discriminates against women. As compared to which institutions? The Congress? Women comprise 18 percent of its members. Fortune 500 companies? Women account for only 5 percent of the chief financial officers. What about the Catholic Church? Of the top three diocesan positions—chancellor,... [Read more...]

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