“ANGELS & DEMONS”: MYTHS, LIES AND SMEARS

Catalyst April Issue 2009, Front Page

The Catholic League has launched a major attack on the upcoming film, “Angels & Demons.” It is based on the book by that name by Dan Brown, the author who pennedThe Da Vinci Code. The movie opens May 15. Joining Brown in his latest anti-Catholic assault is director Ron Howard. Both producers are back, as well: John Calley, who admitted that... [Read more...]

POPE REBUKES PELOSI

Catalyst April Issue 2009, Front Page

When House Speaker Nancy Pelosi traveled to Rome in February, all Catholic eyes were on her meeting with the Holy Father. Practicing Catholics were not disappointed with the outcome. At their meeting, Pope Benedict XVI took the occasion “to speak of the requirements of the natural moral law and the Church’s consistent teaching on the dignity of... [Read more...]

BUSY ON ALL FRONTS

Catalyst April Issue 2009, From The President's Desk

William A. Donohue Last December I wrote a president’s desk piece titled, “Culture War Ready to Explode.” I predicted that the election of Barack Obama would occasion a fierce battle between traditionalists and modernists, and that was because many of those in the latter category will “see in his victory a golden opportunity to wage war on traditionalists.”... [Read more...]

SEBELIUS FOR HHS IGNITES PROTEST

Catalyst April Issue 2009

When Kansas Governor Kathleen Sebelius was chosen by the president as his top choice as secretary of health and human services (HHS), it ignited a protest that included her bishop, Joseph Naumann, Archbishop of Kansas City in Kansas, the Catholic League and many pro-life groups, not all of whom were Catholic. As we pointed out to the media, Sebelius’... [Read more...]

VICTORY IN CONNECTICUT

Catalyst April Issue 2009

In March, two Connecticut lawmakers sought to effectively take control of the Catholic Church in their state. Because Bridgeport Bishop William Lori, Hartford Archbishop Henry Mansell, the Connecticut Catholic Conference, the Catholic League, and thousands of Catholics all over the state fought back, the bill was quickly pulled. It proved to be a giant... [Read more...]

OBAMA SIGNS STEM CELL BILL

Catalyst April Issue 2009

On March 9, President Obama signed an executive order on stem cell research. Bill Donohue discussed this matter on radio and television. Here is part of what he told the media: “President Obama acknowledged that he supports ‘groundbreaking work to convert ordinary human cells into ones that resemble embryonic stem cells.’ So do we. What he doesn’t... [Read more...]

SLOPPY JOURNALISM—FODDER FOR BIGOTS

Catalyst April Issue 2009

A sordid combination of sloppy journalism, which started in London and made its way to New York, wound up providing fodder for the bigots on the ABC-TV show, “The View.” After the panelists on the TV show were roundly criticized by Catholic League members, they went on the defensive the next day, and took a shot at Bill Donohue. Here’s what happened. On... [Read more...]

CHILD RAPE IN NEW YORK STATE: LOCATION MATTERS

Catalyst April Issue 2009

Recently a bill was introduced in the New York State Assembly, by Assemblywoman Margaret Markey, which will have grave implications if passed. According to the bill, an 18-year-old who was allegedly raped by a public school teacher has a 90-day period to file a claim for an offense that happened in a public institution. But a student who was allegedly... [Read more...]

DUPLICITY MARKS MARYLAND SEX ABUSE BILL

Catalyst April Issue 2009

Bills were recently 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. We addressed this issue and within a day of our news release, we found out that the bill did not make... [Read more...]

VICTORY IN GEORGIA

Catalyst April Issue 2009

Recently the Catholic League won a major victory against the University of Georgia. As part of its Sexual Responsibility program, the university placed a poster in the dormitories that misappropriated Christian iconography to promote condom distribution. Within hours of our press release addressing this situation, we received an apology from a university... [Read more...]

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