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NIH OKAYS EMBRYONIC STEM CELL RESEARCH
January 12th, 2010 | Catalyst Online, Features

In December, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) cleared the way for federally funded embryonic stem-cell research. We unleashed as soon as we caught wind of this development. When Barack Obama was in the Illinois State Senate, he fought passionately to deny little babies born alive as a result of a botched abortion the medical care they needed... [Read more...]


BISHOP TOBIN PUTS A KENNEDY IN HIS PLACE
January 12th, 2010 | Catalyst Online, Features

Congressman Patrick Kennedy of Rhode Island started it, and Providence Bishop Thomas Tobin finished it. The loser was clearly Kennedy. The late Senator Ted Kennedy was, like his son, an ardent champion of abortion rights, never having found one he couldn’t justify. But he never sought a direct confrontation, either. Patrick did. In an interview he... [Read more...]


ASSESSING LITURGICAL REFORMS
January 12th, 2010 | Book Review, Catalyst Online

Patrick G.D. Riley Mass Misunderstandings: The Mixed Legacy of the Vatican II Liturgical Reforms by Kenneth D. Whitehead. St. Augustine’s Press, 2009. Order online at www.staugustine.net or your favorite online bookseller. The subtitle presents the burden of this highly informative book. Not every liturgical reform given us by the Second Vatican Council... [Read more...]


Activist

Activist Organizations January 3 San Francisco, CA – Opponents of Proposition 8 vandalized Most Holy Redeemer Catholic Church, in the heart of San Francisco’s gay Castro community; the California resolution, passed by voters in November 2008, rejected the legalization of gay marriage. Swastikas were painted on the church and the names “Ratzinger”... [Read more...]


Education

January 22 Spokane, WA – Officials at the Community Colleges of Spokane and Spokane Falls Community College threatened pro-life students with expulsion if they held a pro-life event on the anniversary of Roe v. Wade. The officials deemed the students’ message “discriminatory” and “biased.” The Alliance Defense Fund filed a lawsuit against... [Read more...]


Government

January 23 Bills were introduced in both houses of the Maryland legislature—sponsored by Delores Goodwin Kelley in the Senate and C. Sue Hecht in the House—that would have continued the duplicitous way private and public institutions are treated. These bills continued the outrageous insulation afforded public schools: under the law, claims are limited... [Read more...]


Miscellaneous

January 6 Eugene, OR – Two notes, carrying a bomb threat and an anti-Catholic message, were stuck on the doors of two separate Catholic schools, canceling classes. January 9 Philadelphia, PA – A burglar broke into a convent at Holy Family University. The burglar stole money and some of the nuns’ personal religious items. January 11 Mechanicsburg,... [Read more...]


Media

Internet May 13 The Washington Post/Newsweek blog “On Faith” ran a panel discussion on priestly celibacy. About half of the panelists disagreed with the Church’s position on this matter but were not vicious in their criticism. Four of the panelists showed their vitriol: Pamela Taylor, co-founder of Muslims for Progressive Values; Susan Brooks... [Read more...]


Pope’s

Pope Bashing January 30 – February 4Following Pope Benedict XVI’s decision to reach out to the Society of St. Pius X (SSPX), a controversy erupted due to the media’sdistortion of the story. After it was announced that the pope was seeking reconciliation with SSPX, news reports surfaced that the pope had welcomed back a Holocaust-denying bishop,... [Read more...]


MANGER SCENE ERECTED IN CENTRAL PARK
December 17th, 2009 | Latest News Releases

The Catholic League erected a nativity scene today in New York City’s Central Park; it will be up for two weeks. Bill Donohue seeks to clarify what is at stake: Our life-size crèche, paid for by the Catholic League, is right in the heart of New York City; it is on the corner of 59th and 5th.  Behind it stands the world’s largest menorah. That... [Read more...]