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FRANK BRUNI’S GLARING OMISSIONS

Catalyst June Issue 2015

A recent New York Times op-ed page article by Frank Bruni applauded Pope Francis for remarks he made a few weeks ago on women where he called for equal pay for equal work. But the cheers didn’t last long. “He left out the part about women in the Roman Catholic Church not even getting a shot at equal work,” the columnist wrote. Bruni... [Read more...]

WHAT COUNTS AS OFFENSIVE?

Catalyst June Issue 2015

There was a time when conduct deemed to be offensive, especially of a sexual nature, was condemned by everyone. But not today: what matters is the identity of the offender, not the conduct. A couple of weeks ago, David Letterman warmed up his audience by making a joke about women. He said, “Treat a lady like a whore, and a whore like a lady.”... [Read more...]

TALK-SHOW HOSTS AND RELIGION

Catalyst June Issue 2015

Writers for late night talk-show hosts are obsessed with Catholicism, especially those who worked for David Letterman. Generally speaking, Conan O’Brien has been fair; Seth Meyers less so. Both of them offered jokes about Catholicism and women in their recent outing. “New pope doing everything he can to modernize the church,” said... [Read more...]

MAHER ASSAULTS POPE AND JESUS

Catalyst June Issue 2015

During a recent episode of “Real Time with Bill Maher” on HBO, Maher lashed out at Pope Francis and Jesus in a particularly vulgar way. While discussing the Armenian genocide, Maher said, “You know who said it’s a genocide? The pope. The pope was like f*** yeah it’s a genocide. The pope has huge balls. You would too if... [Read more...]

THE MIND OF JOY BEHAR

Catalyst June Issue 2015

On a recent episode of the CBS show, “The Insider,” there was a discussion involving Joy Behar about the man/woman Bruce Jenner. Here is what Behar said: “I’m not going to do a stand-up about transgenders. It’s too sensitive a topic.” The next day on the ABC show known as “The View,” a guest host mentioned... [Read more...]

LETTERMAN’S GREATEST HITS

Catalyst June Issue 2015

Last month, the final episode of “Late Night with David Letterman” aired on CBS. Below is a sampling of host David Letterman’s history of Catholic bashing excerpted from Catholic League press releases. “WHAT COUNTS AS OFFENSIVE?” 4/22/2015 David Letterman warmed up his audience by making a joke about women. He said, “Treat... [Read more...]

“The Unthinkable in the Twenty-First Century”

Catalyst June Issue 2015, Book Review

Rick Hinshaw George J. Marlin, Christian Persecutions in the Middle East: A 21st Century Tragedy (South Bend, Indiana: St. Augustine’s Press, 2015) Bombarded as we are by daily news reports, we probably feel we know all we need to know about the unspeakable crimes being perpetrated virtually every day against innocent people – primarily Christians... [Read more...]

RELIGIOUS LIBERTY ATTACKED; SMEAR CAMPAIGN UNFURLS

Catalyst May Issue 2015, Front Page

Holy Week will be remembered not for religious observances in 2015, but for an assault on religious liberty. It was ignited by social media, and quickly took on a life of its own, bringing in gay activists, left-wing non-profit groups, the media, the entertainment industry, academia, the clergy, and big corporations. The cultural ramifications will... [Read more...]

APOLOGY SETTLES ISSUE

Catalyst May Issue 2015, Front Page

It was a bad start but it had a good ending. It was also bizarre. Jewishbusinessnews.com posted an article in April about anti-Catholic remarks allegedly made by a businessman. Amazingly, the reporter who wrote it made patently anti-Catholic remarks himself. We protested and secured a sincere and extensive apology from the media outlet’s president. According... [Read more...]

MARKETS AND MISSILES ARE NOT ENOUGH

Catalyst May Issue 2015, From The President's Desk

William A. Donohue When I first arrived at The Heritage Foundation in 1987, I was greeted with great skepticism by many who worked there. The D.C. conservative think-tank had chosen me to be in the first “class” of professors who were plucked from academia to spend upwards of a year as a Bradley Resident Scholar; we would spend time writing... [Read more...]

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