VATICAN DIDN’T LURE ANYONE TO CATHOLICISM

Catalyst December Issue 2009

In late October, the Vatican announced a new process for disaffected conservative Anglicans to join the Roman Catholic Church. Some of the newspaper coverage was okay, but there were others that completely misrepresented the outreach of the Church. The opening sentence in the Vatican’s October 20 statement said, “With the preparation of an Apostolic... [Read more...]

NEW YORK TIMES AGAINST “ZERO TOLERANCE”?

Catalyst December Issue 2009

The November 11 New York Times ran an editorial on “zero tolerance” policies and the trouble they can cause. Looking back at the “zero tolerance” policy for school misconduct that the Congress adopted in 1994, the New York Times opined that it was a “reasonable step” at the time. But it now says that this policy “has been disastrous... [Read more...]

KERRY AND KENNEDY FUND RELIGION

Catalyst December Issue 2009

On November 3, the Los Angeles Times wrote an article on a health care bill in the Senate. The following quote appeared in that story: “Backed by some of the most powerful members of the Senate, a little-noticed provision in the healthcare overhaul bill would require insurers to consider covering Christian Science prayer treatments as medical expenses.... [Read more...]

“OPPOSITE-SEX MARRIAGE”?

Catalyst December Issue 2009

In a piece from the October 27 edition of the New York Times, Adam Liptak—theTimes’ Supreme Court correspondent—referred to marriage as “opposite-sex marriage” in a piece on the battle over gay marriage. Referring to attorney Charles J. Cooper, who is pressing the case against recognition of gay marriage, Liptak wrote, “The government should... [Read more...]

BOOK FOR YOUNG GUYS

Catalyst December Issue 2009

Want a gift of easy reading for a young guy this Christmas season? All Things Guy: A Guide to Becoming a Man that Matters by Teresa Tomeo, et al. might be just right. This short inspirational volume, the work of four committed Catholic women, asks such questions as, “Do you want to grow up to be a happy successful man?”, and, “Do you want to... [Read more...]

WHY DOES OBAMA LIKE KEVIN JENNINGS?

Catalyst December Issue 2009

In the November issue of Catalyst, we noted President Barack Obama’s selection of Kevin Jennings to be the Director of the Office of Safe and Drug Free Schools. We noted that Jennings is a former drug user, irresponsible teen counselor and a Christian basher. What we did not know at the time is that he is also a proud member of ACT UP, the homosexual... [Read more...]

BLOOMBERG GREASES BLACK MINISTERS

Catalyst December Issue 2009

There was an article in the October 29 edition of the New York Times on New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and his relations with African American ministers. Rev. Calvin O. Butts III has managed to grab “at least $7 million in city contracts” under Bloomberg for his church and non-profits. Rev. Floyd H. Flake is awash in millions of dollars—make... [Read more...]

VULGAR CATHOLIC HALLOWEEN COSTUMES

Catalyst December Issue 2009

As usual, this Halloween season ran out the common costumes depicting Jesus, priests, nuns, ministers, rabbis, and imams, most of which were innocuous. But there were two costumes that were vulgar, and, as usual, they were designed to offend Catholics: a priest with an erection and a pregnant nun, often sold as a pair. Some immigrant groups were upset... [Read more...]

RELIGIOUS FREEDOM REPORT IS REVEALING

Catalyst December Issue 2009

Archbishop Celestino Migliore, the apostolic nuncio who leads the Holy See’s Permanent Observer Mission to the United Nations, recently addressed the U.N. General Assembly stating that Christians suffer more than anyone from religious freedom violations. The archbishop’s address came on the eve of the 2009 U.S. State Department’s International... [Read more...]

THE RESURRECTION AS HISTORY

Catalyst December Issue 2009, Book Review

Dinesh D’Souza Life After Death: The Evidence By Dinesh D’Souza. Regnery Publishing, 2009. Order online at www.regnery.com or your favorite bookseller. Many cultures and religions affirm life after death but only one asserts that someone actually died and returned to life. This claim is made exclusively by Christianity. No one says of Moses or... [Read more...]

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