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THE POLITICS OF THE ST. PATRICK’S DAY PARADE

Catalyst October 2014, From The President's Desk

William A. Donohue When I became president of the Catholic League in 1993, there was no Catholic League unit in New York’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade. That soon changed. For the past 20 years we have had a small contingent in the parade, but we will not be marching in 2015. As I have already indicated, my support for the parade’s rules,... [Read more...]

KANSAS CITY STAR TARGETS BISHOP FINN AGAIN

Catalyst October 2014

Recently, a judge agreed with the finding of an arbitrator that Kansas City-St. Joseph Bishop Robert Finn violated a 2008 agreement mandating that suspected child abuse be reported immediately to the authorities. The Kansas City Star said it is “still waiting for the bishop and the Catholic Diocese to do the right thing,” by which it meant... [Read more...]

HHS MANDATE REVISIONS FAIL TO SATISFY

Catalyst October 2014

Recently, the Obama administration announced new revisions to its HHS mandate that requires Catholic institutions to pay for abortion-inducing drugs as part of their health plans. The federal government revealed that it considers these new rules a “work around” for groups that object to providing coverage for sterilization, contraception... [Read more...]

NEW YORK TIMES ERRS AGAIN

Catalyst October 2014

An editorial that recently appeared in the New York Times cited the Vatican’s disciplinary action against its former ambassador to the Dominican Republic, the now-defrocked Archbishop Jozef Wesolowski. It invoked Pope Francis’ promise that “in the pedophilia scandal ‘there are no privileges.’” The Times erred again... [Read more...]

THE ORDEAL OF FATHER GORDON MACRAE

Catalyst October 2014

This is an excerpt of Bill Donohue’s article that was published last month online. Please see Father MacRae’s website, www.thesestonewalls.com, for more information. On September 23, 1994, Father Gordon MacRae was shackled and led out of Cheshire County Superior Court in Keene, New Hampshire. He had been convicted by a jury of sexual assaults... [Read more...]

KUDOS TO BISHOP JARRELL

Catalyst October 2014

Bill Donohue was recently invited by The Daily Advertiser to write an op-ed on August 23 in defense of Lafayette Bishop Michael Jarrell’s decision not to publish the names of 15 priests who were accused of abuse prior to 1984: Kudos to Lafayette Bishop Michael Jarrell for not publishing the names of priests accused of a sexual offense. His decision... [Read more...]

JUST WAR DOCTRINE

Catalyst October 2014

Several pages in Catalyst address the controversy in the Middle East where a horrific genocide is being committed against Christians by a terrorist group known as ISIS. A handful of prominent Catholic officials have condemned what the terrorist group is doing, and advocated for military action. Some of their strongest statements are featured here. There... [Read more...]

CHURCH OFFICIALS ON USE OF FORCE

Catalyst October 2014

Pope Francis •   “In these cases where there is an unjust aggression, I can only say this:  it is licit to stop the unjust aggressor.  I underline the verb ‘stop.’  I do not say bomb, make war, I say stop by some means.” •   “I renew my appeal to all men and women who have political responsibilities [that] they... [Read more...]

BRINGING YOUNG ADULTS BACK TO CHURCH

Catalyst October 2014, Book Review

RICK HINSHAW Naomi Schaefer Riley, Got Religion?: How Churches, Mosques and Synagogues Can Bring Young People Back (West Conshohocken, PA: Templeton Press, 2014) Naomi Schaefer Riley, in her weekly columns in the New York Post as well as in several books she has authored, has emerged as an insightful commentator on a range of cultural issues impacting... [Read more...]

CHRISTIAN GENOCIDE UNFURLS; JIHADISTS ON THE MARCH

Catalyst September 2014, Front Page

The Middle East is coming apart as murderous Muslim madmen move from nation to nation killing everyone who does not accept their twisted beliefs. Christians, Jews, Kurds, the Yezidi—even Muslims who differ with them—are being slaughtered. Children are being beheaded, crucifixions are rampant, and monasteries are being ransacked, all in the name... [Read more...]

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