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PARSING THE POPE’S WORDS

Catalyst March Issue 2014

Not a day goes by without a pundit or editorial writer opining on what Pope Francis said about some controversial issue. While every pope, as well as every religious and secular leader, properly has his remarks subjected to scrutiny, Pope Francis is having his words sliced and diced far beyond anything his predecessors were accustomed to. Quite frankly,... [Read more...]

HOLLYWOOD’S MORAL COMPASS

Catalyst March Issue 2014

The song, “Alone Yet Not Alone,” was nominated for an Oscar, but then the decision was rescinded; the tune is from a Christian film of the same title. “Philomena,” a propaganda film strewn with lies about the Catholic Church, won four nominations. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences does the balloting, and most of... [Read more...]

NEW YORK TIMES SHOWS ITS BIAS

Catalyst March Issue 2014

There is no newspaper in the United States that is more extreme in its defense of abortion-on-demand and homosexual rights than the New York Times. It regards the defense of partial-birth abortion to be a “moderate” position, and its reporters have openly bragged about the record number of homosexuals who write feature stories. The January... [Read more...]

HAS BILL MAHER COOLED OFF?

Catalyst March Issue 2014

Readers will recall that in our last issue, we announced how we pulled out all the stops to get Time Warner, the parent company of HBO, to dump Bill Maher’s HBO show. We detailed Maher’s relentless attacks on priests, bishops—even the pope—branding them all child rapists. We ran a lengthy report on Maher’s anti-Catholic rants on... [Read more...]

“PHILOMENA” IS A MALICIOUS FRAUD

Catalyst March Issue 2014

Of all the movies up for an Oscar this year, “Philomena” is by far the one that Catholics, and the public-at-large, need to be wary about. What has been peddled as a true story is, in fact, untrue. Worse, it deliberately paints the Catholic Church in a negative way, and is especially cruel to Irish nuns. “Philomena” is such an... [Read more...]

U.S. NEWS DEFENDS BIGOTRY

Catalyst March Issue 2014

We were only one week into the new year when we were treated to one of the most anti-Catholic articles we’ve seen in many years. Columnist Jamie Stiehm published her onslaught against Catholics, as well as the Catholic Church, in U.S. News and World Report. We choose our words carefully: this was not just an assault on the teachings of the Catholic... [Read more...]

U.N. WANTS TO CONTROL CATHOLIC CHURCH

Catalyst March Issue 2014

The following article by Bill Donohue was published by Newsmax on February 6, 2014. The United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child has just released a report on the way the Vatican has responded to the sexual abuse of minors by priests. The 15-page report contains not a single footnote, endnote, or any other mode of attribution. But it does... [Read more...]

THE BISHOPS’ ENEMIES

Catalyst March Issue 2014

When the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) filed an amicus brief in support of a lawsuit brought by a privately owned business, Hobby Lobby, that challenges the constitutionality of the Health and Human Services mandate, several organizations that have traditionally opposed the bishops lined up with their own brief on the other side. BishopAccountability,... [Read more...]

UNIVISION’S SURVEY OF CATHOLICS

Catalyst March Issue 2014

Recently, a worldwide survey of Catholics was conducted by Bendixen & Amandi International for Univision. The survey of 12 nations yielded some interesting results, but first a note on its methodology. Asking people to identify themselves as Catholic is not a sufficient condition for drawing conclusions: we need to know whether they regularly attend... [Read more...]

VALENTINE’S DAY CRACKUP

Catalyst March Issue 2014

The two greatest threats to liberty and Catholicism, stem from militant secularism at home and militant Islam abroad. Both strains of extremism were on display this past St. Valentine’s Day. Planned Parenthood’s president Cecile Richards celebrated St. Valentine’s Day by tweeting a video saying women need “safe + legal abortion.” Muslims... [Read more...]

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