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INVENTING CONTROVERSY

Catalyst March Issue 2015

In a recent Religion News Service story, David Gibson said the following in regards to the Paris murders: “In finding no justification for the deaths of the Charlie Hebdo editorial staff, [Cardinal Timothy] Dolan seemed to part ways with another prominent New York Catholic, Bill Donohue of the Catholic League, who essentially said the newspaper... [Read more...]

MEET THE REAL CENSORS

Catalyst March Issue 2015

On October 13, 1998, Bill Donohue held a demonstration in the street outside the theater that hosted “Corpus Christi,” the Terrence McNally play that depicted Christ having sex with the apostles. Donohue did not seek to have the government censor the play, but there was a protest of his right to protest the play. The New York Times commented... [Read more...]

POPE AND PRESIDENT AGREE WITH US

Catalyst March Issue 2015

Bill Donohue: “People have a legal right to insult my religion or somebody else’s, but they don’t have a moral right to do so” (“The Kelly File,” Fox News, 1/8/15). Pope Francis: “You can’t provoke, you can’t insult the faith of others, you can’t make fun of faith…” (“After... [Read more...]

POPE SIDES WITH CATHOLIC LEAGUE

Catalyst March Issue 2015

Pope Francis condemned the killings of the Paris cartoonists while on board the papal plane to the Philippines, but he also drew a line in the sand. “You cannot provoke. You cannot insult the faith of others. You cannot make fun of the faith.” While he denounced violence against those who offend us, he also said that if his friend, Dr. Alberto... [Read more...]

POPE’S “PUNCH” QUIP AND MORE

Catalyst March Issue 2015

When the pope was on a plane coming back from Brazil in 2013, he said, “If someone is gay and he searches for the Lord and has good will, who am I to judge?” Over 900 news stories quickly appeared, the majority of which were dishonest: “Who am I to judge?” was all they quoted. Pundits were even worse: they said the pope was asking... [Read more...]

ISLAMISTS SOUGHT TO KILL THE POPE

Catalyst March Issue 2015

A couple of weeks ago, the former Philippine National Police (PNP) chief, Getulio Pascua Napenas, testified before the Philippine Senate about terrorist activities. He discussed how Zulkifli bin Hir, a.k.a. Marwan, planned to assassinate Pope Francis during his recent trip to the Philippines. “Just recently,” Napenas said, “during... [Read more...]

ATHEIST KILLS MUSLIMS IN NORTH CAROLINA

Catalyst March Issue 2015

Craig Stephen Hicks turned himself in after shooting three young Muslims near the campus of the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill. Hicks is a rabid atheist who is known for his hatred of Christianity and Islam. Indeed, he saw the two religions as similar. He recently asked on his Facebook page “why radical Christians and radical Muslims... [Read more...]

MAHER CURSES THE POPE

Catalyst March Issue 2015

Pope Francis implores us not to insult other people’s religions, and Bill Maher responds by saying, “He’s dead to me now. Oh yeah, F*** the Pope.” Maher can say what he wants about Bill Donohue—he went off on him big time—but to resort to obscene language condemning the pope is a new low, even for Maher. Maher is showing... [Read more...]

HOW THE L.A. TIMES DECIDES THE NEWS

Catalyst March Issue 2015

On January 17, a crowd of 15,000, many of them young people, took to the streets of Los Angeles to participate in the first “One Life” march, a demonstration in support of the rights of unborn children. On February 1, 10 people demonstrated outside the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels to protest the proposed canonization of Father Junipero... [Read more...]

MEDIA BLACKOUT OF MARCH FOR LIFE

Catalyst March Issue 2015

The big media outlets are overwhelmingly in the pro-abortion camp, so it hardly surprises to learn that ABC and NBC never mentioned the March for Life in its nightly news broadcast; CBS made a passing reference to it in a story on the controversy over a Republican bill on abortion. The only newspaper to run a story on the demonstration was the Washington... [Read more...]

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