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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...]

ASSAULT ON FREE SPEECH REJECTED

Catalyst July/August Issue 2014

A recent decision by the Supreme Court resulted in striking down a Massachusetts law that created a 35-foot buffer zone near clinics for those protesting abortion. The ruling, McCullen v. Coakley, did not address the morality or the legality of abortion, which is why this case, which was wholly about free speech, should have been a slam dunk decision... [Read more...]

TEACHER MAKES VULGAR, BIGOTED “JOKE”

Catalyst July/August Issue 2014

Bill Donohue sent the following letter to Mr. Jeff Vaughn, Principal, Bellingham High School in Bellingham, Washington about one of his teachers, Teri Grimes: As president of the nation’s largest Catholic civil rights organization, it is my responsibility to fight anti-Catholicism in all of its manifestations. An incident happened recently at... [Read more...]

NEW SCHOOL RELIGION LAW IN NORTH CAROLINA

Catalyst July/August Issue 2014

In mid-June, North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory signed into law a bill that protects the religious liberty rights of teachers, school personnel, and students. It passed 106-9 in the House, and by a margin of 48-1 in the Senate. Religious freedom, including voluntary student-led prayer, is now secured. Unfortunately, radical secularists continue to... [Read more...]

AP’S “MASS GRAVE” RETRACTION

Catalyst July/August Issue 2014

On June 23, the Associated Press issued its second retraction on the “mass grave” hoax. Below is an excerpt. Revelations this month that nuns had buried nearly 800 infants and young children in unmarked graves at an Irish orphanage during the last century caused stark headlines and stirred strong emotions and calls for investigation. Since... [Read more...]

COMPLAINT TO U.N. FILED; BIAS AGAINST HOLY SEE NOTED

Catalyst June Issue 2014, Front Page

On May 15, Bill Donohue lodged a formal complaint with Ms. Navanethem Pillay, High Commissioner for the Human Rights Office of the U.N. in Geneva, Switzerland. Donohue charged that Felice Gaer, Vice–Chairperson of the Committee Against Torture, has compromised her objectivity and thus has no legitimate role to play in policing the policies of U.N.... [Read more...]

SATANISTS AT HARVARD

Catalyst June Issue 2014, Front Page

On May 7, the Catholic League protested a scheduled “Black Mass” on the campus of Harvard University; the Satanic event, which was designed to ridicule the Mass, was set for May 12. But it was cancelled just hours before it was to take place. The initial response from the university was wholly unsatisfactory, but on the day of the mock reenactment... [Read more...]

FREE SPEECH UNDER FIRE

Catalyst June Issue 2014, From The President's Desk

William A. Donohue Over and over again, I have said that I would prefer to suffer the indignity of having my religion trashed before endorsing the right of the government to censor the offensive speech. Would there ever be an exception? Of course—no right is absolute. But in almost all cases, having the government silence the offenders is the wrong... [Read more...]

THE MEDIA, THE POPE, AND DISINFORMATION

Catalyst June Issue 2014, Essay

Ronald J. Rychlak On March 22, 2014, Pope Francis received a group of Italian broadcasters at the Vatican. In an unscripted address, he defined the virtues, mission, and sins of the communication media. While encouraging the broadcasters to carry out their work along the paths of truth, goodness, and beauty, he also warned them about three sins embodied... [Read more...]

THE POLITICS OF “JESUS’ WIFE”

Catalyst June Issue 2014

In 2007, the media were agog over the claim by “Titanic” director James Cameron and TV-director Simcha Jacobovici that the Jesus family tomb had been found. Cameron declared that it had been determined “beyond any reasonable doubt” that the tomb of Jesus and his family had been found. It didn’t take long before it was revealed... [Read more...]

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