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CENSORING VATICAN WEBSITE CANNOT STAND

Catalyst July/August Issue 2014

Jody Ian Goeler, who is the Superintendent of Schools for Regional School District 14 in Connecticut, was forced to respond to accusations that the Vatican website was blocked in district schools because it promotes “hate speech.” In the letter that Donohue issued to Superintendent Goeler, he asked Goeler to “please identify examples... [Read more...]

SCHOOL THAT BLOCKED WEBSITES FAILS AGAIN

Catalyst July/August Issue 2014

The School Board for District 14 in Connecticut issued a statement explaining why student access to the Vatican’s website was blocked, as well as those deemed to be conservative. This situation went from bad to worse. The Board of Ed told us that no one deliberately decided to block the websites. After consulting with the filtering service provider,... [Read more...]

RELIGIOUS LIBERTY AFFIRMED

Catalyst July/August Issue 2014

The June 30 ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores is a smashing victory for religious liberty. Though there is reason for joy, Bill Donohue cautions against celebrating too early. Indeed, he advises that more must be done now to ensure our First Amendment rights. Because of the unremitting hostility the Obama administration... [Read more...]

TEEN SEX DATA INCOMPLETE

Catalyst July/August Issue 2014

The media are trumpeting the Guttmacher Institute’s report showing that teenage pregnancies, births, and abortions have dropped to their lowest level since they peaked in the 1990s. This is good news, but the data is incomplete. The teenage pregnancy rate in the United States is still 5.5 times higher than in Western Europe. Moreover, the report... [Read more...]

CHELSEA HANDLER BASHES GAYS

Catalyst July/August Issue 2014

Chelsea Handler and guest Ryan Stout attacked homosexual priests during the June 4 edition of “Chelsea Lately” on the E! network. The occasion was Pope Francis’ recent statement advising young married couples not to see cats and dogs as an adequate substitute for children. Chelsea responded, “Yeah, that’s the point! And... [Read more...]

MEDIA PASSIONATE ABOUT ANTI-CATHOLIC BIAS

Catalyst July/August Issue 2014

The following article by Bill Donohue was published by Newsmax on May 29: Every demographic group can cite instances of media bias against them, but no group is more unfairly covered, on a consistent basis, than Catholics. Here are three examples drawn from news stories published on May 29. Whenever a Catholic does something good, such as a police officer... [Read more...]

HAWAII GOVERNOR SIGNS BILL

Catalyst July/August Issue 2014

Much to our disappointment, Hawaii Governor Neil Abercrombie signed a law that extends by two years the statute of limitations on the sexual abuse of minors. Nominally, it applies to both the private and public sectors, but everyone knows who the lawyers are gunning for.  Read More →

U.N. REPORT ON HOLY SEE ISSUED

Catalyst July/August Issue 2014

The U.N. Committee Against Torture’s report on the Holy See was released a couple of weeks ago. For the most part, there is nothing in this report that merits criticism, though two matters must be addressed: there is a glaring inconsistency between the way the hearings were held and the concluding observations by this committee; and calls for... [Read more...]

JOAN RIVERS’ FILTHY HIT ON THE POPE

Catalyst July/August Issue 2014

There was a time when Joan Rivers delighted audiences with her humor, but that was a long time ago. Now her filthy antics make even her panelists recoil in embarrassment. That’s what happened on E! during her May 30 episode of “Fashion Police.” The occasion for Rivers’ vulgarity was a picture of singer Solange Knowles (Beyonce’s... [Read more...]

POPE’S TRIP ENDS WITH MEDIA CIRCUS

Catalyst July/August Issue 2014

Pope Francis spent three historic days in the Middle East trying to bring Christians, Jews, and Muslims together, and on the plane ride home he fielded 11 questions on nine issues. Two dealt with his trip: there was one question on Jewish-Muslim relations, and one on the status of Jerusalem. But there were three on sexual issues: priestly sexual abuse,... [Read more...]

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