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NEW YORK TIMES MALIGNS SAINT; NO EVIDENCE PROVIDED

Catalyst November Issue 2015, Front Page

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 torturing Indians. As Catholic League members... [Read more...]

SYNOD SHOWS SPUNK

Catalyst November Issue 2015, Front Page

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 subject was marriage. Here is an excerpt: “He... [Read more...]

POPE AND PREZ MEET; OBAMA INVITES CHURCH’S FOES

Catalyst October Issue 2015, Front Page

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, Catholic gay activists,... [Read more...]

DONOHUE MEETS POPE

Catalyst October Issue 2015, Front Page

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 Mass at the Basilica... [Read more...]

CATHOLICS LARGELY FAITHFUL; SURVEY DEBUNKS MYTHS

Catalyst September Issue 2015, Front Page

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... [Read more...]

HISTORIC PAPAL TRIP

Catalyst September Issue 2015, Front Page

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 Thursday morning,... [Read more...]

GAY MARRIAGE LEGALIZED; RELIGIOUS LIBERTY IMPERILED

Catalyst July/August Issue 2015, Front Page

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. But that amendment was passed... [Read more...]

POPE SPARKS CONTROVERSY

Catalyst July/August Issue 2015, Front Page

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... [Read more...]

FUROR OVER ISLAMIC CARTOONS; INCIVILITY DENOUNCED

Catalyst June Issue 2015, Front Page

Garland, Texas was home to an anti-Islam cartoon event last month that left two gunmen dead and one security guard wounded. Minutes before Elton Simpson started shooting, one of his supporters tweeted, “If there is no check on the freedom of your speech, then let your hearts be open to the freedom of our actions.” Simpson was shot dead quickly... [Read more...]

LETTERMAN EXITS

Catalyst June Issue 2015, Front Page

David Letterman’s last appearance on “The Late Show” was May 20. We were delighted to see him exit. Letterman’s departure was treated by the Hollywood crowd as a signature moment in television history. But no fair-minded person could ever come to that conclusion. Quite simply, the man is an anti-Catholic bigot. If anyone doubts... [Read more...]

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