BELLS ARE RINGING

Catalyst December Issue 2009, Front Page

Christmas bells started ringing early for the Catholic League this year. Indeed, just three days into November, we heard the call and swung into action. The next day, we scored our first victory. Initially, there was to be no Christmas Tree on the Capitol lawn in Frankfort, Kentucky. That’s because the word “Christmas” was deemed offensive. So... [Read more...]

JESUS DEFILED ON HBO; MOST SUPPORT OUR PROTEST

Catalyst December Issue 2009, Front Page

The October 25 episode of the HBO show, “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” drew a sharp response from the Catholic League. The public, we are happy to report, quickly took our side. Not only did surveys reveal widespread support for our criticisms, there was strong support for the league’s position from across religious groups. The show stars Larry David;... [Read more...]

CATHOLICS TURN ON ARCHBISHOP DOLAN

Catalyst December Issue 2009, From The President's Desk

New York Archbishop Timothy Dolan spent his first six months getting to know the priests, religious, seminarians and laity of his new archdiocese. He also got acquainted with the many issues facing him, a daunting exercise for anyone, never mind someone from out of town. By all accounts, he was off to a fast start, winning the admiration, and indeed... [Read more...]

DONOHUE-HITCHENS FEUD ENDS AMICABLY

Catalyst December Issue 2009

On Friday morning, October 30, atheist Christopher Hitchens appeared on Dennis Miller’s Internet radio show condemning Mother Teresa, yet again. Here is one of his choice statements: “The woman was a fanatic and a fundamentalist and a fraud, and millions of people are much worse off because of her life, and it’s a shame there is no hell for your... [Read more...]

“2012” KILLS CATHOLICS, SPARES MUSLIMS

Catalyst December Issue 2009

The movie “2012” opened in theaters nationwide on November 13. But before it opened we caught wind of an interview by director Roland Emmerich discussing the way Catholics and Muslims are handled in the film. When we first got word that the movie depicted the Vatican being blown up, along with the famous statue from Rio de Janeiro, Christ the Redeemer,... [Read more...]

HYPOCRITES ATTACK ARCHBISHOP DOLAN

Catalyst December Issue 2009

In late October, the New York Archbishop submitted an op-ed article to the New York Times, citing recent instances of anti-Catholic bias by the newspaper. The newspaper refused to print it. The archbishop subsequently posted the piece on his blog. Though that was the extent of Archbishop Dolan’s role in this issue, he came under fire anyway. Andrew... [Read more...]

WE WIN ON APPEAL

Catalyst December Issue 2009

In 2006, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors issued a resolution condemning the Catholic Church for “meddling” in the City’s internal affairs. The infraction? The Church is opposed to gay adoption; San Francisco favors it; ergo, the Church is bigoted. Simply because Cardinal William Levada, at the time archbishop of San Francisco, spoke out... [Read more...]

OBAMA BETRAYS THE BISHOPS

Catalyst December Issue 2009

Is President Obama for or against abortion coverage in the health care bill? The guessing game is over. On September 30, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops sent a letter to the U.S. Senate saying, “So far, the health reform bills considered in committee, including the new Senate Finance Committee bill, have not met President Obama’s... [Read more...]

MAJOR NEWSPAPERS BLAST CATHOLICISM

Catalyst December Issue 2009

The end of October proved to be a wild time for the Catholic bashers. Perhaps anticipating Halloween, they unleashed a fury. What was most noticeable was the origins of the attacks: they came from the MSM, or mainstream media. Specifically, they came from some of the most influential newspapers in the nation. On October 28, in the Washington Post blog,... [Read more...]

BIG NIGHT FOR CATHOLIC VALUES

Catalyst December Issue 2009

This year’s Election Day results provided faithful Catholics with confidence that their values are shared throughout the nation. Indeed, it was a big night for Catholic values. The Catholic Church led the fight in Maine against those seeking to reinvent marriage, and won: the vote was 53-47 in favor of repealing the state’s gay marriage law. We... [Read more...]

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