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POPE FRANCIS AT SIX MONTHS; MEDIA COVERAGE SKEWED

Catalyst October Issue 2013, Front Page

After Pope Francis finished his first six months as pontiff, we compared how he is faring with the media vis-a-vis his predecessor, Pope Benedict XVI, after his first six months in office. It told us more about the media than either pope. We looked at the editorials in 15 of the nation’s largest newspapers to see what they said about both popes six... [Read more...]

GOV. BROWN’S KEY RULING

Catalyst October Issue 2013, Front Page

On September 6, the California Senate passed SB 131, the bill that discriminates against the Catholic Church by making it easier for alleged victims of sexual abuse to sue if the molestation happened when they were minors; the bill does not apply to public schools. The legislation was sent to Governor Jerry Brown to sign; he has until October 13 to... [Read more...]

CALIFORNIA BILL STALLS; CATHOLIC RESPONSE IS HUGE

Catalyst September Issue 2013, Front Page

Over the summer, the Catholic League contacted well over 10,000 members in California alerting them to a vote on a bill in the Assembly Appropriations Committee that unfairly targets the Catholic Church. We also emailed over a thousand pastors throughout the state. It was worth the effort. On August 14, the bill failed 6-4; there were seven abstentions.... [Read more...]

FACEBOOK’S DUPLICITY

Catalyst September Issue 2013, Front Page

The Catholic League has filed a complaint with Facebook about an entry that shows an edgy picture of the Virgin Mary with the inscription, “Virgin Mary Should’ve Aborted.” Facebook said it did not constitute hate speech. When others continued to protest, the page was taken down, but then other pages, similar in content, appeared; they are still... [Read more...]

CALIFORNIA SCHEMING; BILL NAILS CHURCH

Catalyst July/August Issue 2013, Front Page

California lawmakers are selectively targeting the Catholic Church by pushing a bill that would lift the statute of limitations for one year on cases of the sexual abuse of minors; it exempts all public institutions, including the public schools. Fighting the discriminatory law are Los Angeles Archbishop José Gomez, the California Catholic Conference... [Read more...]

HHS FINAL RULES

Catalyst July/August Issue 2013, Front Page

The Health and Human Services (HHS) mandate forcing Catholic non-profits to pay for abortion-inducing drugs, contraception and sterilization will not kick in on August 1, as scheduled; an extension has been granted to January 1, 2014. The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ initial reaction was cautious; a complete analysis of the final... [Read more...]

IRS PROBE REVEALED; SOURCE EXPOSED

Catalyst June Issue 2013, Front Page

When news stories surfaced on the way the IRS was selectively targeting conservative and religious groups, Bill Donohue decided the time had come to reveal his story. Just weeks after Barack Obama was elected president in 2008, Donohue was notified by the IRS that the Catholic League was under investigation for violating the IRS Code on political activities... [Read more...]

BOWIE’S MESS

Catalyst June Issue 2013, Front Page

Old-time rock star David Bowie made a splash with his new video that accompanies his song, “The Next Day.” The video is strewn with characteristic excess: one priest bashes a homeless man, while others are busy hitting on women; self-flagellation is depicted; a dancing gal with bleeding hands makes a stigmata statement; and a customer is served... [Read more...]

CALIFORNIA TAX GAME

Catalyst May Issue 2013, Front Page

When we learned that California lawmakers were considering whether to strip the Boy Scouts of America of their tax-exempt status in the state, Bill Donohue decided that he wanted to play this tax game as well. Here is an excerpt from his letter to Sacramento legislators: I understand that California lawmakers are weighing a decision to rescind the tax-exempt... [Read more...]

POPE FRANCIS INSPIRES; WINS WORLDWIDE APPLAUSE

Catalyst April Issue 2013, Front Page

It didn’t take long before the world embraced Pope Francis. The election of Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio to be the new leader of 1.2 billion Catholics was greeted with applause around the globe, but nowhere was it more apparent than in Latin America. Ten days before the election, Bill Donohue was quoted in the Los Angeles Times expressing what he... [Read more...]

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