From The President’s Desk

MISTAKES AND LIES

Catalyst April Issue 2014, From The President's Desk

William A. Donohue We often hear people say, “I’m sorry, I lied about that,” when, in fact, they never lied; they were merely mistaken. Let me be plain: it is impossible to lie without first knowing the truth. Once we know the truth, we can correct our mistakes, but knowledge of the truth matters little to liars, and this is doubly... [Read more...]

ENVY DRIVES INEQUALITY ISSUE

Catalyst March Issue 2014, From The President's Desk

William A. Donohue When Pope Francis speaks about our “throwaway” abortion culture, or comments on marriage as a union between a man and a woman, he wins no points from those on the left. But when he speaks about income inequality, he is praised by the likes of President Barack Obama and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio. However, these... [Read more...]

APES AND ABORTION

Catalyst January/February Issue 2014, From The President's Desk

William A. Donohue For many decades, Steven Wise has been promoting the rights of apes. To be specific, he would like to see chimpanzees awarded “legal personhood.” He is most known for championing the Great Ape Legal Project, seeking to represent little King Kongs in court. Last month, on December 2, he got a little closer to his dream:... [Read more...]

CHRISTMAS WITHOUT CHRIST

Catalyst December Issue 2013, From The President's Desk

William A. Donohue Even though roughly 80 percent of Americans are Christian, 96 percent celebrate Christmas. Can non-Christians and non-believers really celebrate Christmas? To some extent they can, just the same way those who are not Irish can celebrate St. Patrick’s Day: they can partake in the fun aspects of it, but that’s it. At bottom,... [Read more...]

DIFFERENT WORLDS

Catalyst November Issue 2013, From The President's Desk

William A. Donohue It sometimes feels as though I am living in a parallel universe. Quite frankly, I cannot believe some of the things I am hearing and seeing these days. What follows is an account of what I recently experienced one morning. I wake up to the news every weekday around 5:30 a.m. Today I heard that in New York City they are going to launch... [Read more...]

SELECTIVE OUTRAGE

Catalyst October Issue 2013, From The President's Desk

William A. Donohue Few things are more annoying, if not downright disgusting, than witnessing selective outrage. In New York City, Mayor Michael Bloomberg has instituted an array of edicts and laws banning smoking in restaurants, the workplace, parks and stadiums. He has banned trans fats, put limits on the sodium content in prepared meals, ordered... [Read more...]

HELPING THE POOR

Catalyst September Issue 2013, From The President's Desk

William A. Donohue If there is one thing that Pope Francis and President Obama have in common, it is their professed interest in helping the poor. Both talk a great deal about this issue, and both occupy a very high status. Truth to tell, their commitment to the poor is hardly unique. While there are some who are indifferent, it’s hard to find anyone... [Read more...]

TWENTY YEARS AS PRESIDENT

Catalyst July/August Issue 2013, From The President's Desk

William A. Donohue July 1 marked my 20th anniversary as president and CEO of the Catholic League. The vice president, Bernadette Brady, started 18 years ago on the same day. Father Philip Eichner, the chairman of the board of directors, was chosen to lead the board the year before I was hired. While I may be the face of the Catholic League, we wouldn’t... [Read more...]

SLEIGHT OF HAND

Catalyst June Issue 2013, From The President's Desk

William A. Donohue The collectivization of guilt, and the individualization of merit, is a common media trick, especially when covering Catholics. For example, if there is a wayward cop, and he is Catholic, look for the reporter to cite his religious status. “Patrick McGillicudy, a former altar boy, was arraigned today on charges of police brutality.”... [Read more...]

DIVERSITY OR INCLUSION?

Catalyst May Issue 2013, From The President's Desk

William A. Donohue On virtually every college campus there is an office of diversity, or an office of diversity and inclusion. No candidate for an administrative post at any college can be expected to win the job unless he embraces diversity and inclusion. However, the diversity industry is not limited to higher education: diversity and inclusion managers,... [Read more...]

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