NEW WAVE OF ACCUSATIONS; POLITICS EVIDENT

Catalyst April Issue 2011, Front Page

We’re calling it Scandal II. Scandal I was the Church-driven one that resulted in the explosion of priestly sexual abuse cases that came to light in 2002. Scandal II is driven by lawyers, activist groups, pundits and the media: it is responsible for the second wave of accusations. Scandal II deals exclusively with old cases, and that’s because there... [Read more...]

PETITION FILED

Catalyst April Issue 2011, Front Page

The Thomas More Law Center has filed a petition with the U.S. Supreme Court asking it to reverse a Ninth Circuit ruling which upheld San Francisco’s hate-filled attack on the Catholic Church. The Ann Arbor-based law firm is representing the Catholic League. This case began when a resolution was passed by the San Francisco Board of Supervisors that... [Read more...]

MEDIA MANTRAS

Catalyst April Issue 2011, From The President's Desk

FROM THE PRESIDENT’S DESK  William Donohue One might think that in this day and age of multiple news sources—newspapers, broadcast TV, free tabloids, radio, cable, pay-per-view, magazines, the Internet—that it would be harder for faulty information to survive without being refuted by a reliable source. This has not been my experience. Quite frankly,... [Read more...]

UNSEEMLY ATTACK ON ARCHBISHOP DOLAN

Catalyst April Issue 2011

Recently we came to the defense of New York Archbishop Timothy Dolan after lawyer Jeffrey Anderson alleged that he hid money while in charge of the Milwaukee Archdiocese. Anderson, who has made a killing suing the Catholic Church, was angry there isn’t more money in the Milwaukee Archdiocese for him to milk. So he pointed his finger at the one Milwaukee... [Read more...]

ARCHBISHOP DOLAN IS A HERO; ANDERSON LIES

Catalyst April Issue 2011

Only a couple of weeks after Jeffrey Anderson went after Archbishop Timothy Dolan for his alleged money hiding, the unscrupulous lawyer once again went after Dolan accusing him of covering up sex abuse cases during his time as the head of the Milwaukee Archdiocese. Anderson is a liar and the media were giving him a free ride. Anderson said he possessed... [Read more...]

SINGLING OUT ONE GROUP

Catalyst April Issue 2011

Rep. Peter King was recently lambasted for starting congressional hearings on radical Islam. Robert Kolker, writing in New York magazine, said the congressman’s “opponents say that by singling out Muslims, King is promoting anti-Islam hatred and could actually trigger a domestic terror attack,” adding that “America is a tinderbox of prejudice... [Read more...]

IF ONLY PRIESTS WERE TERRORISTS

Catalyst April Issue 2011

On March 1, the New York Times ran two editorials that demonstrated the paper’s duplicitous nature. In the first editorial, “A Right Without a Remedy,” was a strong plea for the U.S. government to respect the constitutional rights of detainees at Guantánamo Bay. The other editorial, “Acts of Contrition,” took the Catholic Church in Ireland... [Read more...]

IF ONLY PRIESTS WERE TEACHERS

Catalyst April Issue 2011

If priests were teachers, they would be afforded special protections under state law, insulated from changes in the statute of limitations, never be fired (meaning they would be kept in ministry), treated with kid gloves by the media, and generally be held unaccountable for misconduct. Michael Goodwin, a columnist for the New York Post, recently cited... [Read more...]

THE SCANDAL OF CHURCH CRITICS

Catalyst April Issue 2011

In a recent post on Beliefnet, Mark Silk looked at charges made by attorney Jeffrey Anderson against New York Archbishop Timothy Dolan. Silk weighed Bill Donohue’s defense of Dolan saying he was correct to say that the term “scandal” in the Catholic lexicon has a special meaning: as Donohue had indicated, it means “a word or action evil in itself,... [Read more...]

RICHARD COHEN SMEARS PRIESTS

Catalyst April Issue 2011

On March 8, syndicated Washington Post columnist Richard Cohen ran a piece objecting to the congressional hearings by Rep. Peter King on terrorism, arguing that if it is okay to probe Muslims for terrorism, it should be okay to probe priests for sexual abuse: “The organization BishopAccountability.org reports that ‘perhaps more than 100,000 children’... [Read more...]

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