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VANDALS STRIKE ON BOTH COASTS

Catalyst May Issue 2016

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 that had... [Read more...]

ABORTION CONFOUNDS HILLARY

Catalyst May Issue 2016

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... [Read more...]

BISHOPS PUSH FOR CONSCIENCE RIGHTS

Catalyst May Issue 2016

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.... [Read more...]

POPE PROVES FLEXIBLE WITHIN LIMITS

Catalyst May Issue 2016

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 Holy... [Read more...]

NEW YORK STATE ABUSE BILL: OUR EFFORT PAYS OFF

Catalyst May Issue 2016

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... [Read more...]

NY TIMES ABUSE STORY OMITS KEY FACTS

Catalyst May Issue 2016

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 to World... [Read more...]

HBO SPINS “MAPPLETHORPE”

Catalyst May Issue 2016

HBO recently aired a documentary called “Mapplethorpe: Look at the Pictures.” Robert Mapplethorpe was a homosexual who lived a reckless life; he died in 1989 at the age of 42. He was also known for his tortured relationship with the Catholic Church. But no one would know this from watching the HBO celebration of him. “I think the way... [Read more...]

BIGOTRY EXPLODES AT COMEDY CENTRAL

Catalyst May Issue 2016

On five occasions over a period of just three days, five different television shows on Comedy Central went on a tear bashing Catholicism. A clip was shown of a priest greeting children, shaking their heads. Tosh implied that the priest was overcompensating, as if to say, “look at me not fondling these children!” (“Tosh.0,” 3/15) Comedian... [Read more...]

CRUDE COMEDIAN ON “CONAN”

Catalyst May Issue 2016

We never heard of comedian Emily Galati, and that may explain why she crossed the line recently on “Conan”—she is getting desperate. Her solo performance, fortunately, had no interaction with the host. Galati’s monologue centered on birth control and Christians. “I’m not that into Jesus if you haven’t been able... [Read more...]

SPIKE IN BIBLE BANNING

Catalyst May Issue 2016

There was a time when religious groups sought to ban obscene books from public libraries, but these days it is militant secularists who are seeking to ban the Bible. Here are four examples. What makes this special is that they all occurred during the same week. A host of activist groups contacted the Department of Veterans Affairs asking it to put... [Read more...]

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