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CNN’S CHIEFS LIVE LAVISHLY

Catalyst September 2014

Recently, cnn.com posted an article on their website called “The Lavish Homes of American Archbishops.” CNN, playing its Pope Francis card, was stunned to learn that “10 of the country’s top church leaders defy the Pope’s example and live in residences worth more than $1 million.” Rebel #1 was New York Archbishop... [Read more...]

COURT RULES AGAINST SEAL OF CONFESSION

Catalyst September 2014

In 2008, a fourteen-year-old girl alleges that she told her parish priest that she was being abused by a now-deceased lay member of their parish. The girl alleges the disclosures came during the Sacrament of Confession. Now her parents are suing the priest, and the Diocese of Baton Rouge, for failing to report the alleged abuse. The State’s Supreme... [Read more...]

NUN PERFORMS ABORTION ON TV SHOW

Catalyst September 2014

A new television show called “The Knick,” began airing on Cinemax (whose parent company is Time Warner) in August. During a recent episode, Sister Harriet, a nurse who runs an orphanage, visited an Irish Catholic woman. The woman, Nora, said she wanted to have an abortion. Nora didn’t want her husband to find out. •  Sister Harriet:... [Read more...]

“BLACK MASS” NIXED IN OKLAHOMA CITY

Catalyst September 2014

There was to be a “Black Mass” performance at the Oklahoma City Civic Center on September 21, using a consecrated Host. But on August 21, after Oklahoma City Archbishop Paul Coakley succeeded in getting a judge to issue a restraining order, on the grounds that the Host had been stolen, the attorney for the Satanic group returned the Host... [Read more...]

RELIGIOUS JOKES DURING RAMADAN

Catalyst September 2014

We know that every time there is a Christian holiday, jokes about Christianity proliferate. Ramadan recently ended, so it was a good time to see how TV hosts treated Islam over the last four weeks, vis-a-vis Catholicism. Not unexpectedly, Ramadan was not an occasion for jokes about Islam. Over the summer, four jokes were told about Islam: Bill Maher,... [Read more...]

DISSIDENT CATHOLICS ACTING OUT

Catalyst September 2014

Dissident Catholics are now attacking the composition of the Catholic Church for being Catholic. The problem they have identified—and here Bill Donohue is talking about the editorial board of the National Catholic Reporter—is the Synod of Bishops. What’s wrong with it? It is nothing but a “tiny representation of humanity, celibate and... [Read more...]

SETH MEYERS AND HIS SICK WRITERS

Catalyst September 2014

Here is what Seth Meyers, host of NBC’s “Late Night with Seth Meyers,” and his writers consider a joke: “A Spanish hotel inspired by Fifty Shades of Grey [a popular porn book] is having its opening delayed because officials are concerned that it’s too close to a nearby Catholic Church. ‘We don’t want to be next... [Read more...]

JON STEWART GETS FOUL AGAIN

Catalyst September 2014

During a recent episode of Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart,” the host mocked Fox News for a soft interview with Sen. John McCain. Pretending to be a reporter, Stewart asked of himself, “Is Jon Stewart fair to Republicans?” Although this skit had absolutely nothing to do with Catholicism, Stewart managed... [Read more...]

LETTERMAN SHOULD AVOID SEXUAL JOKES

Catalyst September 2014

On a recent episode of the “Late Show with David Letterman,” the host began by saying Pope Francis was thinking about lifting the celibacy requirement. “That’s right, the pope is saying that priests can be in a marriage with a woman and have sex.” [Women are shown cheering.] The pope was also shown speaking to bishops and... [Read more...]

MAHER IS A BIGOT, NOT A COMEDIAN

Catalyst September 2014

On the July 11 episode of “Real Time with Bill Maher,” Maher discussed the Hobby Lobby case that the U.S. Supreme Court recently decided. Here is an excerpt: •  ”…but the five Catholic men on the Supreme Court agreed with Hobby Lobby that those women who have pleasure sex should be saddled with a baby.” •  ”And... [Read more...]

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