Miscellaneous

The Secular Crusade Against Religion

January 19, 2007

by Dinesh D’Souza (Catalyst, 1/2007) This article is adapted from Dinesh D’Souza’s new book The Enemy at Home: The Cultural Left and Its Responsibility for 9/11, just published by Doubleday.  Is Osama Bin Laden right when he alleges that America is a pagan society, the “leading power of the unbelievers”? Bin Laden and... [Read more...]

The Attempt to Derail John Roberts

July 29, 2005

by William Donohue (7-29-05) Attempts by some Democrats to derail John Roberts’ nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court by dwelling on his religion will backfire: the nation has had enough of attempts to impose a veiled litmus test on Catholic nominees to the federal bench. When Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Steven Breyer were nominated by President Clinton... [Read more...]

Eugenics, Rockefeller and Roe v. Wade

July 19, 2005

by Rebecca R. Messall, Esq. (Catalyst 7-8/2005) This article is taken from its fuller version in the fall 2004 issue of Human Life Review, available in its entirety at www.humanlifereview.com. Everyone knows that the infamous Roe v. Wade opinion legalized abortion, but almost no one knows that legal abortion was a strategy by eugenicists, as early... [Read more...]

Catholicism and Science

September 19, 2004

by Rodney Stark (Catalyst 9/2004) Popular lore, movies, and children’s stories hold that in 1492 Christopher Columbus proved the world is round and in the process defeated years of dogged opposition from the Roman Catholic Church, which insisted that the earth is flat. These tales are rooted in books like A History of the Warfare of Science with... [Read more...]

Opus Dei: Fact and Fiction

March 19, 2004

on misrepresentations in Dan Brown’s novel The Da Vinci Code (Catalyst 3/2004) The Dan Brown book, The Da Vinci Code, is a best-selling work of fiction that discusses a real-life Catholic organization, Opus Dei. To help separate fact from fiction, we asked officials at Opus Dei to write a short article on this subject. Herewith their reply. Founded... [Read more...]

Some Prejudices are More Equal than Others

May 22, 2003

by Philip Jenkins (Catalyst 5/2003) For readers of Catalyst, expressions of anti-Catholic bigotry scarcely come as a surprise. Over the years, we have come to expect that media treatments of the Church, its clergy and its faithful will be negative, if not highly offensive, and Catholic organizations try to confront the worst manifestations of prejudice.... [Read more...]

Why Do We Need More Saints?

June 22, 2002

by Father Benedict J. Groeschel, C.F.R. (Catalyst 6/2002) This question is one that is often heard by those involved in proposing the causes of Servants of God for beatification or canonization. It is asked even more frequently since Pope John Paul II has become known as the pope who has canonized the most saints in history. Because I am the promoter... [Read more...]

Fulton Sheen, Catholic Champion

June 22, 2002

by Thomas Reeves (Catalyst 6/2002) When American history textbooks mention Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen at all, it is briefly and in connection with the allegedly “feel good” Christianity of the 1950s. To some Americans, Sheen was merely a glib, superficial television performer and pop writer who blossomed briefly on the national scene and... [Read more...]

The Lie of Maria Monk Lives On

September 22, 2001

by Robert P. Lockwood (Catalyst 9/2001) She was one of the most famous imposters in the history of the United States, yet her story can still be found in the bookstores and is widely available on the Internet. Maria Monk was the 19th century woman who claimed to be a nun that finally escaped after years of torture and sexual degradation at a convent... [Read more...]

The Jubilee Year “Request for Pardon”

March 22, 2000

by Robert P. Lockwood, Catholic League Director of Research (3/2000) On Sunday, March 12, 2000 Pope John Paul II made a unique and historic “request for pardon” for the sins and errors of Christians both throughout the centuries and in the present. The Holy Father saw this as the culmination of the Church’s “examination of conscience”... [Read more...]

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