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MONAGHAN PREVAILS

Catalyst April Issue 2013, Front Page

Thomas Monaghan, a member of the advisory board of the Catholic League, prevailed in federal district court against the Obama administration’s Health and Human Services (HHS) mandate. On March 14, Judge Lawrence P. Zatkoff of the Eastern District of Michigan granted a Motion for a Preliminary Injunction against enforcement of the HHS mandate. Monaghan... [Read more...]

POPE’S LEGACY IS SECURE; UNSOLICITED ADVICE SURGES

Catalyst March Issue 2013, Front Page

The news of February 11 that Pope Benedict XVI was resigning hit everyone by surprise. Many were shocked, and with good reason: we live in a world of self-absorbed, ego-driven public figures, thus making the Holy Father’s decision seemingly incomprehensible. Pope Benedict’s legacy is secure. His encyclicals showed not only his brilliance, they demonstrated... [Read more...]

HHS RULES REVISED

Catalyst March Issue 2013, Front Page

Revised Health and Human Services (HHS) rules were released on February 1. In two separate statements, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), and its president, Cardinal Timothy Dolan, made plain their interest in pursuing the ongoing conversation with Obama administration officials on the HHS mandate. Their goal, as expressed by... [Read more...]

HHS SHOWDOWN

Catalyst January/February Issue 2013, Front Page

This is the year that the final showdown will take place between the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and Catholic institutions. As 2012 came to a close, the judiciary was still sending mixed messages. At the end of November, the U.S. Supreme Court ordered the Fourth Circuit of Appeals to rule on the religious-liberty issues of ObamaCare... [Read more...]

BISHOPS REFUSE TO CAVE; CRITICS GO BONKERS

Catalyst December Issue 2012, Front Page

Left-wing Catholics were exuberant with the election results, but their eudemonia proved fleeting: the very next week the bishops met in Baltimore where they reaffirmed their commitment to the civil rights of the unborn, the defense of marriage, and the cause of religious liberty. The Catholic League was delighted with the hierarchy’s statements. Thus... [Read more...]

MANGER SCENE SCENARIOS

Catalyst December Issue 2012, Front Page

Many members have asked for advice on how to handle attempts to censor manger scenes from public property. Here’s some straight talk. When a petition to erect a crèche on public property is denied, offer a substitute: ask if it would be okay to put a sign on the grounds where the nativity scene was to be placed. The sign should simply say: “We... [Read more...]

BATTLES RAGE ON BOTH COASTS; CULTURAL ELITES EXPLODE

Catalyst November Issue 2012, Front Page

In the matter of just a few days, the cultural elites on both coasts suppressed the speech of the Catholic League. First it was the New York artistic community that reacted with intolerance; then the Hollywood community got in the game. In both instances, the elites started by bashing Catholicism, and then resorted to censorship when we challenged them.... [Read more...]

DONOHUE JOINS BECK

Catalyst November Issue 2012, Front Page

On Election Day, Bill Donohue will appear on set with Glenn Beck in Dallas to discuss developments in the presidential election. Donohue will join Beck between 6:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. ET on his new station, TheBlaze TV (it is available on DISH network and by online subscription). Because the discussion will occur while the polls are open throughout... [Read more...]

VOTERS HIGHLY POLARIZED; CATHOLICS ALSO SPLIT

Catalyst October Issue 2012, Front Page

With the November elections almost upon us, all signs show a very polarized electorate. There are many key issues at stake, both at the national level and in the states. Surveys show the Catholic community is just as split as the rest of the country. The Catholic vote is not hard to determine. Practicing Catholics, for whom the life issues are paramount,... [Read more...]

TEXAS CASE DROPPED

Catalyst October Issue 2012, Front Page

In the last edition of Catalyst, we covered the controversial case of a professor under the gun for publishing an allegedly biased article; we also published Bill Donohue’s scathing indictment of the person who lodged the complaint. We are happy to report that there will be no investigation of Professor Mark Regnerus at the University of Texas, Austin. Regnerus... [Read more...]

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