CHRISTMAS WARS INGNITE; NEW BATTLE WITH ATHEISTS

Catalyst December Issue 2010, Front Page

The atheists are out in force this year trying to neuter Christmas. But they are being met with stiff opposition from the Catholic League. The battle lines were drawn early. On November 10, news reports stated that several atheist organizations were seeking to use the Christmas season to garner new recruits. Their weapons of choice: billboards placed... [Read more...]

HIGH COURT REVIEW?

Catalyst December Issue 2010, Front Page

The Thomas More Law Center, representing the Catholic League, is appealing a First Amendment case to the U.S. Supreme Court. In 2006, with counsel from the Ann Arbor, Michigan legal defense organization, we filed suit against the City of San Francisco after the City’s Board of Supervisors passed a non-binding resolution condemning the Catholic Church... [Read more...]

OBAMA, CATHOLICS AND ABORTION

Catalyst December Issue 2010, From The President's Desk

FROM THE PRESIDENT’S DESK William Donohue When Roe v. Wade was decided in 1973, the Republican Party was the pro-abortion party, and the Democrats were the party of life. There was a very strong WASP presence in the Republican Party at that time, and for many of them, abortion was seen as a way to fix the urban problem. No, they didn’t come right... [Read more...]

CATHOLICS DECIDE THE ELECTION

Catalyst December Issue 2010

For the past few decades, Catholics have decided who wins elections nationally. After the McGovernization of the Democratic Party in 1972, Catholics were left homeless: they felt betrayed by the Democrats and were leery of the Republicans; they have been up for grabs ever since. On election night in November, they proved once again that of the three... [Read more...]

CATHOLICS UNITED SOWS DIVISION

Catalyst December Issue 2010

Leading up to the election there was a dispute between Catholics United—a dissident Catholic group which sought to criminalize speech—and the Susan B. Anthony List (SBA List), a pro-life group which represented the position of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) and had the support of the ACLU. Moreover, Catholics United took... [Read more...]

CNN, CATHOLICISM AND GAY MARRIAGE

Catalyst December Issue 2010

A week after the election, CNN was still questioning the role that Archbishop John Nienstedt played in urging Minnesota Catholics not to support same-sex marriage. In a news story posted on its website, CNN claimed that the Archbishop of St. Paul and Minneapolis divided the faithful by urging his clergy to mail 400,000 DVDs on this subject. The cable... [Read more...]

MINNESOTA DEMS EXPLAIN MAILER

Catalyst December Issue 2010

A week before Election Day, a mailer by the Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party (DFL) of Minnesota came under fire for its allegedly anti-Catholic contents. Pictured on one side of the mailer was a priest, shown from his Roman collar down, wearing a button which said, “Ignore the Poor”; on the other side there is a statement critical of Dan Hall, a Protestant... [Read more...]

OLBERMANN BASHES CATHOLIC CHURCH

Catalyst December Issue 2010

Right before the election, MSNBC left-wing TV host Keith Olbermann went on an extended rant against Tea Party-backed candidates in several election races, one of his targets was Ron Johnson, candidate for the U.S. Senate in Wisconsin. Olbermann said Johnson “testified against toughening laws on pedophiles and employers who shield them. He argued this... [Read more...]

NEW YORK TIMES TWEAKS CATHOLICS

Catalyst December Issue 2010

Recently, a blog post published by New York Archbishop Timothy Dolan  received a great deal of attention. Dolan called out the New York Times for its “gushing” reviews of an art exhibit by ACT UP that features a picture of the late John Cardinal O’Connor resembling a condom (pictured beside him), with the inscription, “Know Your Scumbag.”... [Read more...]

U.N. ANTI-BLASPHEMY RESOLUTION IS FLAWED

Catalyst December Issue 2010

We recently commented on a U.N. resolution condemning religious defamation that was proposed in November. Here is what we said: “The Catholic League is an anti-defamation organization that uses such First Amendment guarantees as freedom of religion, freedom of speech and freedom of assembly to protest Catholic bashing. But it is one thing to issue... [Read more...]

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