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ACLU LAWSUIT TOSSED

By | May 23rd, 2016|Categories: Catalyst, Features|Tags: |

The American Civil Liberties Union has been on a tear against the religious liberty of Catholic health care facilities. In a well-greased, coordinated campaign, the ACLU has made it a top priority to force Catholic hospitals to provide "services," like abortion and sterilization, that violate Catholic moral teaching. But their efforts keep getting slapped down by [...]

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ESTABLISHMENT VS. RELIGIOUS RIGHTS

By | May 23rd, 2016|Categories: Catalyst, Features|Tags: |

The following article written by Bill Donohue was published by Newsmax on March 24. The two Democrats running for president are rarely asked to address religious liberty issues, and that is because everyone knows that neither Hillary Clinton nor Sen. Bernie Sanders places much of a premium on such matters. The three Republican candidates are more [...]

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BIGOTRY AND BOMBS MARK EASTER

By | May 23rd, 2016|Categories: Catalyst, Features|Tags: |

On Holy Thursday, an episode of "Rachel Dratch's Late Night Snack" on TruTV featured an exchange between two girls about sex. "What does that mean? Do you mean the first time I had vaginal intercourse?" To which it was said, "Yeah. Okay. That's such a Catholic girl question. Yeah. It's a vagina." Comedy Central's "@Midnight with [...]

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ST. PATRICK’S CATHEDRAL INVADED

By | May 23rd, 2016|Categories: Catalyst, Features|Tags: |

Six young people invaded the noon Mass on Easter Sunday. With a bullhorn in hand, a 23-year-old North Carolina teacher screamed, "Only the devil" could create "animals capable of love and joy just so humans can make them suffer and die." Many in the congregation thought that the camera that was strapped to his chest was [...]

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VANDALS STRIKE ON BOTH COASTS

By | May 23rd, 2016|Categories: Catalyst, Features|Tags: |

Vandalism against Catholic icons marked the Easter season in New England, while in California the severed head of a statue of St. Junípero Serra that had been missing since October was found. Just days after Easter, Father Frank Silva of St. Margaret's Church in Burlington, Vermont found a statue of the Blessed Mother on church grounds [...]

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ABORTION CONFOUNDS HILLARY

By | May 23rd, 2016|Categories: Catalyst, Features|Tags: |

When Hillary Clinton was recently a guest on NBC's "Meet the Press," she said the following about abortion: "Under Roe v. Wade, as you know," "there is room for reasonable kinds of restrictions after a certain point in time." She did not say why she has never found a restriction she could support, including the reasonable [...]

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BISHOPS PUSH FOR CONSCIENCE RIGHTS

By | May 23rd, 2016|Categories: Catalyst, Features|Tags: |

Cardinal Timothy Dolan and Archbishop William Lori, who head the pro-life and religious liberty committees of the bishops' conference, respectively, recently urged congressmen to support the Conscience Protection Act of 2016. The Act is necessary to protect the rights of healthcare workers and providers from being pressured into servicing an abortion. Dolan and Lori acknowledge that [...]

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POPE PROVES FLEXIBLE WITHIN LIMITS

By | May 23rd, 2016|Categories: Catalyst, Features|Tags: |

The following article written by Bill Donohue was published by Newsmax on April 8. Pope Francis' apostolic exhortation, "The Joy of Love," does not change a single teaching of the Catholic Church, but he does call on Catholics to be more understanding of the irregular family unions that so many find themselves in these days. The [...]

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NEW YORK STATE ABUSE BILL: OUR EFFORT PAYS OFF

By | May 23rd, 2016|Categories: Catalyst, Features|Tags: |

In mid-April, two New York state senators announced that they will introduce legislation to eliminate the statute of limitations for sexual abuse crimes against minors—in public as well as private institutions. The announcement followed a determined effort by the Catholic League to insist that any such legislation must end the special protections that have long shielded [...]

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NY TIMES ABUSE STORY OMITS KEY FACTS

By | May 23rd, 2016|Categories: Catalyst, Features|Tags: |

On the front page of a recent edition of the New York Times there was a story about priestly sexual abuse that occurred "long ago" in a western Pennsylvania diocese. The story's omissions were glaring. Here are some of them: Readers never learn what "long ago" means. In fact, the cases of alleged abuse extend back [...]

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