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BISHOP ROBERT FINN RESIGNS

Catalyst May Issue 2015

On April 21, Pope Francis accepted the resignation of Kansas City-St. Joseph Bishop Robert Finn. In 2012, Bishop Finn was found guilty of a misdemeanor for failing to report Fr. Shawn Ratigan to the authorities once he learned of sexually explicit images of minors on his computer. The Catholic League defended him against his critics, some of whom were... [Read more...]

BIGOTED LAWYER SUSPENDED

Catalyst May Issue 2015

On December 15, 2011, Bill Donohue filed a formal complaint with the Office of Lawyers Professional Responsibility in St. Paul, Minnesota against attorney Naomi Isaacson for making a series of patently anti-Catholic remarks. The case was referred to the courts in Wisconsin, where Isaacson is also licensed. On March 20, 2015, the Supreme Court of Wisconsin... [Read more...]

OBAMA DISPARAGES CHRISTIANS

Catalyst May Issue 2015

During the White House Easter breakfast, “On Easter,” President Obama said, “I do reflect on the fact that as a Christian, I am supposed to love. And I have to say that sometimes when I listen to less than loving expressions by Christians, I get concerned.” Bill Donohue gets more than concerned when he hears President Obama denigrate... [Read more...]

CHRISTIAN BASHING MARKS EASTER SEASON

Catalyst May Issue 2015

The following examples illustrate how the Easter season was marked by anti-Christianity: On April 6, Chris Hardwick used his Easter Monday Comedy Central show, “@Midnight,” to make a joke about Jesus’ resurrection: “Jesus woke up from a nap and now all sins have been wiped clean to make room for even more heinous ones. Whatever... [Read more...]

R.I. TEACHERS CAN OBSERVE GOOD FRIDAY

Catalyst May Issue 2015

Teachers in Cranston, Rhode Island were successful in a lawsuit that they filed against the Cranston school district after being told classes would be held on Good Friday. As a result of the lawsuit, the school committee decided schools will be closed on Good Friday for the 2015-2016 school year. This comes after a recent court decision ruled that Rhode... [Read more...]

KENNETH WHITEHEAD, R.I.P.

Catalyst May Issue 2015

Long-time member of the Catholic League’s board of directors, Kenneth Whitehead, died of cancer on April 16. He was a prolific author, activist, diplomat, government administrator, and linguist; he also translated many books from French and German to English. Ken authored, or co-authored, 27 books, ranging in subject from the Second Vatican Council... [Read more...]

GEORGIA LAWMAKERS SMEAR ARCHDIOCESE

Catalyst May Issue 2015

The Georgia legislature recently passed a bill, the Hidden Predator Act, that would lift the statute of limitations for two years on civil suits filed against alleged sexual abusers. It is rightly being opposed by the Archdiocese of Atlanta, the Georgia Chamber of Commerce, and other organizations. The bill still has to be signed by the governor of... [Read more...]

WANT TO HELP VETERANS?

Catalyst May Issue 2015

Bill Donohue on Battle Buds: “There are few civic duties more important than helping veterans reintegrate into society, and there is no organization that provides greater assistance than Battle Buds. Founded by Tim O’Connor and Peter Gaudet, this supervised mentorship program helps returning veterans get anchored and find needed services,... [Read more...]

MEDIA CREATE STORY ABOUT POPE AND GAYS

Catalyst May Issue 2015

On March 3 and 5, the Vatican released statements on the pope’s trip to two Italian cities. It noted that he would have lunch with prisoners at “Giuseppe Salvia,” a detention center in Poggioreale. The Vatican’s website also mentioned the visit. So what’s the big deal? The media have flagged this as a sit-down with gays.... [Read more...]

MOCKING THE POPE, KIDS AND BRUCE JENNER

Catalyst May Issue 2015

A few weeks ago, Comedy Central aired a roast of Justin Beiber that was recorded earlier. Comedian and roast-master Jeff Ross arrived on the red carpet dressed as the pope; he was wearing a white robe, a mitre, and carried a staff with Beiber’s face on it. He was accompanied by two women dressed as sexy nuns. Red-carpet host Sarah Tiana engaged... [Read more...]

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