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U.N. PANEL PROBES HOLY SEE

Catalyst March Issue 2014

The United Nation’s Committee on the Convention on the Rights of the Child recently held a hearing on the Holy See’s handling of sexual abuse. The U.N. Committee that was charged with probing the Holy See’s response to the sexual abuse of minors is composed of 18 “independent experts,” from as many nations. Some of the... [Read more...]

SARAH SILVERMAN EXPLOITS JESUS

Catalyst March Issue 2014

A couple of weeks ago, an offensive video was posted on YouTube by Sarah Silverman. Silverman is a champion of abortion rights, but that hardly makes her a bigot. What makes her an anti-Christian bigot is her video that featured her talking to a Jesus character about abortion. The language she used was so vulgar—she ended with the “c”... [Read more...]

CATHOLIC UNIV. OF AMERICA’S CRITICS

Catalyst March Issue 2014

Catholic University of America came under attack again for receiving a donation from the Koch Foundation. In December, Bill Donohue exposed Faith in Public Life, which led the first attack, as a group that is funded by a George Soros foundation, the Open Society Institute. Another left-wing entity, Catholic Scholars for Worker Justice, was spearheading... [Read more...]

DE BLASIO BOYCOTTS ST. PAT’S PARADE

Catalyst March Issue 2014

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio recently announced that he has decided not to march in this year’s St. Patrick’s Day parade. Not since David Dinkins decided not to march in 1993 has a mayor refused to do so. Bill Donohue was delighted: He leads the Catholic League contingent every year, and does not want to march with a public official... [Read more...]

LYING FOR CUOMO

Catalyst March Issue 2014

New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo’s spokesman recently responded to criticism over Gov. Cuomo’s statement about “extreme conservatives.” Gov. Cuomo has continued to give legs to the controversy over a remark he made a short time ago on the radio. Instead of apologizing, he has dug himself in deeper. In the radio interview, Cuomo... [Read more...]

DE BLASIO DEFENDS CUOMO’S RANT

Catalyst March Issue 2014

Recently, Gov. Cuomo railed against what he called “extreme conservatives” who are “pro-life, pro-assault weapons, anti-gay.” He said such persons “have no place in the state of New York, because that’s not who New Yorkers are.” Soon after Cuomo’s offensive remarks, NYC Mayor de Blasio said he agreed with... [Read more...]

The Future Church: Explaining Our Beliefs

Catalyst March Issue 2014, Book Review

Rick Hinshaw Michael Coren, The Future of Catholicism, (Toronto, Ontario: McClelland & Stewart, 2013) “The future Church must explain why it thinks what it thinks.” In that one sentence Michael Coren encapsulates, in my view, both the essence and the great challenge for the Church and for all Catholics in our mission to teach and evangelize... [Read more...]

CHRISTMAS WARS ABATE; PROGRESS EVIDENT

Catalyst January/February Issue 2014, Front Page

There are signs that the “War on Christmas” is abating. That the Catholic League has had something to do with it is questioned by no one. In 2013, we laid down our anchor, sending a message to militant atheists: we will not allow you to occupy the public square unanswered. To be specific, we displayed a gigantic Christmas billboard in Times... [Read more...]

MSGR. LYNN FREED

Catalyst January/February Issue 2014, Front Page

Two days after Christmas, a Pennsylvania appeals court overturned the conviction of Philadelphia Monsignor William Lynn; he was later released on bail. Msgr. Lynn should never have been prosecuted in the first place: he was charged ex post facto; a 2007 amendment to the 1972 Pennsylvania child endangerment statute had no application to him. The guilty... [Read more...]

APES AND ABORTION

Catalyst January/February Issue 2014, From The President's Desk

William A. Donohue For many decades, Steven Wise has been promoting the rights of apes. To be specific, he would like to see chimpanzees awarded “legal personhood.” He is most known for championing the Great Ape Legal Project, seeking to represent little King Kongs in court. Last month, on December 2, he got a little closer to his dream:... [Read more...]

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