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WHO UNDERVALUES WOMEN?

By | June 6th, 2015|Categories: Catalyst Online, From The President's Desk|Tags: |

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, chief financial [...]

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MARKETS AND MISSILES ARE NOT ENOUGH

By | May 20th, 2015|Categories: Catalyst Online, From The President's Desk|Tags: |

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 [...]

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THE MORALITY OF DOCTOR-ASSISTED SUICIDE

By | April 20th, 2015|Categories: Catalyst Online, From The President's Desk|Tags: |

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 [...]

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BEHIND THE CHARLIE HEBDO STORY

By | March 19th, 2015|Categories: Catalyst Online, From The President's Desk|Tags: |

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 [...]

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TAKING STOCK IN ABORTION DATA

By | February 17th, 2015|Categories: Catalyst Online, From The President's Desk|Tags: |

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 [...]

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SELECTIVE SENSIBILITIES

By | January 6th, 2015|Categories: Catalyst Online, From The President's Desk|Tags: |

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 [...]

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GAYS AND GAY ACTIVISTS

By | November 19th, 2014|Categories: Catalyst Online, From The President's Desk|Tags: |

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 [...]

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THE POLITICS OF THE ST. PATRICK’S DAY PARADE

By | October 21st, 2014|Categories: Catalyst Online, From The President's Desk|Tags: |

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, [...]

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THE POWER OF HOPE AND PRAYER

By | August 21st, 2014|Categories: Catalyst Online, From The President's Desk|Tags: |

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 [...]

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FREE SPEECH UNDER FIRE

By | July 3rd, 2014|Categories: Catalyst Online, From The President's Desk|Tags: |

William A. Donohue Over and over again, I have said that I would prefer to suffer the indignity of having my religion trashed before endorsing the right of the government to censor the offensive speech. Would there ever be an exception? Of course—no right is absolute. But in almost all cases, having the government silence the [...]

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