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MEN, WOMEN, AND CHILDREN: MADE FOR EACH OTHER

Catalyst November Issue 2015, Essay

In November 2014, the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith sponsored an international colloquium on the complementarity of man and woman in marriage; it was co-hosted by several Pontifical Councils. Pope Francis opened the event with a stirring address, and he was followed by approximately 400 scholars and religious leaders from around the world. Plough... [Read more...]

NEW YORK TIMES SMEAR OF FR. SERRA STANDS

Catalyst November Issue 2015

After the New York Times ran a front-page story that smeared St. Junipero Serra, repeated attempts to have the paper correct the record failed. On the day that Laura M. Holson’s news story appeared, “Sainthood of Serra Reopens Wounds of Colonialism in California,” Bill Donohue sent her the following email: You said that “Historians... [Read more...]

NEW YORK TIMES REMAINS DEFIANT ON SERRA

Catalyst November Issue 2015

The following exchange occurred on October 8: Dear Mr. Donohue: You might have been busy with your news release of October 1 and did not have a chance to keep up with Laura Holson’s coverage of the shooting in Oregon. She began filing from Oregon last Friday.   So while our editors discussed your complaint when it was received, we waited to... [Read more...]

COULTER LEADS PACK OF CRAZIES AGAINST POPE

Catalyst November Issue 2015

What do Ann Coulter and the Westboro Baptist Church have in common? Both are obscene anti-Catholics. Indeed, they are the worst of Pope Francis’ vile critics to emerge during his visit to the United States. Coulter recently tweeted that the Catholic Church was “largely built by pedophiles.” This is the kind of comment we might expect... [Read more...]

CORRECTION GRANTED

Catalyst November Issue 2015

A recent story in the Los Angeles Times on immigration and the Catholic Church said that Bill Donohue and the Catholic League were opposed to immigration reform. This is not true, we said. (In fact, we don’t know anyone who doesn’t want some reforms.) After doing some fact-checking, the paper corrected the story in a later edition.  Read More →

POPE SAYS “LEFTISTS” EXPLOIT ABUSE ISSUE

Catalyst November Issue 2015

Last May, Pope Francis spoke about allegations that the bishop of Osorno, Chile, Juan Barros, was complicit in a crime of priestly sexual abuse. The bishop, who was installed in March, has come under fire for covering up the abuses of Father Fernando Karadima. The priest was found guilty by the Vatican in 2011; the following year a Chilean court dismissed... [Read more...]

“CHRISTIAN LIVES DON’T MATTER”

Catalyst November Issue 2015

Here is what Chris Harper-Mercer said to his victims just before he killed them in Oregon: “Are you Christian?” After they stood up he said, “Good, because you’re Christian, you are going to see God in just about one second.” He then shot them. Another eyewitness said that after he asked if they were Christian, “then... [Read more...]

OBAMA REMAINS SUSPICIOUS OF CHRISTIANITY

Catalyst November Issue 2015

An exchange between President Barack Obama and author Marilynne Robinson was published in the November 5 edition of the New York Review of Books. The subject was Christianity. Here is a question that President Obama asked Robinson: “How do you reconcile the idea of faith being really important to you and you caring a lot about taking faith seriously... [Read more...]

POPE FRANCIS DEFENDS RELIGIOUS FREEDOM

Catalyst November Issue 2015

Calling religious freedom “one of America’s most precious possessions,” Pope Francis pointedly embraced the efforts of American Catholics, led by their bishops, to defend religious freedom against government encroachment. The Holy Father spoke following President Obama’s welcoming address at the White House. The president, while... [Read more...]

OMISSIONS IN PRESIDENT’S WELCOME TO POPE

Catalyst November Issue 2015

As he welcomed Pope Francis to the White House, President Barack Obama spoke eloquently about the Catholic Church’s contributions to America and the world. He praised Pope Francis’ “profound moral example” and thanked him for the “great gift of hope.” Yet as the president spoke about religious liberty and the dignity... [Read more...]

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