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CHRISTMAS SPIRIT CHALLENGED; WE RESPOND QUICKLY

By | December 18th, 2015|Categories: Catalyst, Front Page|Tags: |

The animus against Christmas manifests itself in a myriad of ways, and this year is no exception. We took a pass on some trivial issues, but we jumped right into the fray when more serious attacks were launched. The anti-Christmas bigots from the Freedom From Religion Foundation threatened a lawsuit against a small Minnesota town because [...]

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HHS MANDATE UNDER REVIEW

By | December 18th, 2015|Categories: Catalyst, Front Page|Tags: |

The United States Supreme Court has agreed to hear a challenge to the constitutionality of the Health and Human Services (HHS) mandate that threatens to eviscerate the religious liberties of many Catholic non-profits. Not surprisingly, editorials in the Los Angeles Times and the New York Times took the side of the Obama administration. We pointed out [...]

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NEW YORK TIMES MALIGNS SAINT; NO EVIDENCE PROVIDED

By | November 18th, 2015|Categories: Catalyst, Front Page|Tags: |

On September 30, when Bill Donohue read a New York Times front-page story on Saint Junípero Serra, he could hardly believe his eyes. The 17th century priest, who championed the rights of Indians, had just been canonized by Pope Francis the week before. So it came as a shock to read that he was accused of [...]

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SYNOD SHOWS SPUNK

By | November 18th, 2015|Categories: Catalyst, Front Page|Tags: |

The Synod of Bishops has concluded in Rome. Occasionally contentious, it succeeded in addressing a wide range of issues that touch on the family. Most agree that a lot of spunk was shown. Pope Francis will have the final say. The Holy Father got the Synod off to a good start with his opening homily. The [...]

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POPE AND PREZ MEET; OBAMA INVITES CHURCH’S FOES

By | October 22nd, 2015|Categories: Catalyst, Front Page|Tags: |

On September 23, Pope Francis met with President Obama in the White House. The meeting was amicable. Incredibly, those invited by the president to be there were some of the most notorious foes in the Church. It is so fitting that the least friendly administration to religion in history would invite a collection of pro-abortion nuns, [...]

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DONOHUE MEETS POPE

By | October 22nd, 2015|Categories: Catalyst, Front Page|Tags: |

On September 23, Bill Donohue, and vice president Bernadette Brady-Egan, met with Pope Francis following a prayer service at the Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle in Washington, D.C. It was an honor they will never forget. The invitation to meet the pope was extended by Donald Cardinal Wuerl. He also invited them to the canonization [...]

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CATHOLICS LARGELY FAITHFUL; SURVEY DEBUNKS MYTHS

By | September 30th, 2015|Categories: Catalyst, Front Page|Tags: |

The findings of the Catholic League-commissioned survey were made available just before we went to press; a more complete analysis will be offered in the October issue. In the first week of August, The Polling Company, headed by Kellyanne Conway, conducted a nationwide scientific survey of 1,000 Catholics. They were randomly chosen from telephone sample lists, [...]

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HISTORIC PAPAL TRIP

By | September 30th, 2015|Categories: Catalyst, Front Page|Tags: |

Pope Francis will arrive in the nation's capital from Cuba on Tuesday, September 22. The next morning he meets with President Obama in the White House, followed by a prayer service with the bishops. Later in the day he will canonize Father Junípero Serra at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. On [...]

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GAY MARRIAGE LEGALIZED; RELIGIOUS LIBERTY IMPERILED

By | July 28th, 2015|Categories: Catalyst, Front Page|Tags: |

In a 5-4 decision, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that gay marriage is a constitutional right that must be observed by all 50 states. Instead of allowing the states the right to make decisions about marriage, these judges elected to impose their will on the nation. The five justices cited the 14th Amendment as their rationale. [...]

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POPE SPARKS CONTROVERSY

By | July 28th, 2015|Categories: Catalyst, Front Page|Tags: |

Pope Francis' encyclical, Laudato Si, ignited quite a reaction among fans and foes alike. The irony of seeing traditional enemies of the Catholic Church now hail the pope, even to the point of insisting that Catholic politicians take their marching orders from Rome, was amusing. The pope painted a bleak picture saying that the earth "is [...]

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