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THE NEED TO BE ENTERTAINED

By | 2017-03-20T17:47:06+00:00 April 18th, 2016|Categories: Catalyst, From The President's Desk|Tags: |

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. [...]

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CATHOLIC COMPLACENCY

By | 2017-03-20T17:47:09+00:00 March 21st, 2016|Categories: Catalyst, From The President's Desk|Tags: |

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 [...]

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ABORTION KILLS, USUALLY

By | 2017-03-20T17:47:17+00:00 January 26th, 2016|Categories: Catalyst, From The President's Desk|Tags: |

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 of abortion' (a child [...]

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NO “SPOTLIGHT” ON HOLLYWOOD CHILD RAPE

By | 2017-03-20T17:47:24+00:00 December 18th, 2015|Categories: Catalyst, From The President's Desk|Tags: |

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 [...]

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PLAYBOY DECLARES VICTORY

By | 2017-03-20T17:47:27+00:00 November 18th, 2015|Categories: Catalyst, From The President's Desk|Tags: |

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 [...]

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DISOBEYING THE LAW

By | 2017-03-20T17:47:33+00:00 October 22nd, 2015|Categories: Catalyst, From The President's Desk|Tags: |

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 [...]

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POPE’S VISIT RIPE FOR PROPAGANDA

By | 2017-03-20T17:47:34+00:00 September 30th, 2015|Categories: Catalyst, From The President's Desk|Tags: |

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 [...]

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MOTHER ANGELICA’S GREATEST GIFT

By | 2017-03-20T17:47:51+00:00 July 28th, 2015|Categories: Catalyst, From The President's Desk|Tags: |

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 [...]

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WHO UNDERVALUES WOMEN?

By | 2017-03-20T17:47:56+00:00 June 6th, 2015|Categories: Catalyst, 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 | 2017-03-20T17:48:12+00:00 May 20th, 2015|Categories: Catalyst, 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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