From The President’s Desk

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...]

MARKETS AND MISSILES ARE NOT ENOUGH

Catalyst May Issue 2015, From The President's Desk

William A. Donohue When I first arrived at The Heritage Foundation in 1987, I was greeted with great skepticism by many who worked there. The D.C. conservative think-tank had chosen me to be in the first “class” of professors who were plucked from academia to spend upwards of a year as a Bradley Resident Scholar; we would spend time writing... [Read more...]

THE MORALITY OF DOCTOR-ASSISTED SUICIDE

Catalyst April Issue 2015, From The President's Desk

William A. Donohue This article, which has been slightly revised, was published in the February edition of Legatus magazine. If there was one strain of political thought that was evident in the elections last November, it was libertarianism. Essentially, it maintains that the good society is best served by having a minimal role for government. Is libertarianism... [Read more...]

BEHIND THE CHARLIE HEBDO STORY

Catalyst March Issue 2015, From The President's Desk

William A. Donohue To say 2015 got off to a fast start would be an understatement: it seemed that all I did was grant one interview after another, running from one TV studio to another. It was tiring, but also fun. There were, however, a number of things that happened that were not so humorous; dishonesty was commonplace. Let’s start with the... [Read more...]

TAKING STOCK IN ABORTION DATA

Catalyst January/February Issue 2015, From The President's Desk

William A. Donohue Those who are pro-life, as the readers of Catalyst surely are, refuse to take comfort in data that indicate a decline in abortions. That’s understandable. But there is a difference between taking comfort and taking stock: the latter means to assess, possibly leading to a reappraisal of conditions. On that score, the latest abortion... [Read more...]

SELECTIVE SENSIBILITIES

Catalyst December Issue 2014, From The President's Desk

William A. Donohue Almost 8 in 10 Americans are Christian and approximately 96 percent celebrate Christmas. That makes for few Scrooges, though one would never know it given the corrosive effect that militant atheist groups, and their multicultural allies in the public and private sectors, have had on our culture. There is something terribly wrong when... [Read more...]

GAYS AND GAY ACTIVISTS

Catalyst November Issue 2014, From The President's Desk

William A. Donohue According to the Centers for Disease Control, 1.6 percent of Americans are homosexual. Yet that very small minority projects an influence on our culture that is extraordinary. A few years back, gay reporters at the New York Times were bragging how many of them were working on front-page stories. Hollywood studios employ a significant... [Read more...]

THE POLITICS OF THE ST. PATRICK’S DAY PARADE

Catalyst October 2014, From The President's Desk

William A. Donohue When I became president of the Catholic League in 1993, there was no Catholic League unit in New York’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade. That soon changed. For the past 20 years we have had a small contingent in the parade, but we will not be marching in 2015. As I have already indicated, my support for the parade’s rules,... [Read more...]

THE POWER OF HOPE AND PRAYER

Catalyst July/August Issue 2014, From The President's Desk

William A. Donohue Lately, as the result of a new book I am finishing, I have given a lot of thought to the power of hope and prayer. So when I heard about the travails of Bret Baier and his wife, I knew I had to read it; their very personal ordeal is truly inspiring. What follows is a small excerpt from my new book. Bret Baier, the Fox News chief political... [Read more...]

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