From The President’s Desk

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...]

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...]

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