KANSAS CITY STAR COVERS FOR SNAP

Catalyst December Issue 2011

Recently, news broke that a former Penn State football coach, serving under head coach Joe Paterno, was allegedly sexually abusing young boys. Although Paterno immediately notified the Athletic Director, he did not call the cops. David Clohessy, SNAP’s director, is now calling for Paterno to be investigated. Yet when Clohessy learned in the 1990s... [Read more...]

KC STAR OMITS STORY ON TOP EPISCOPAL BISHOP

Catalyst December Issue 2011

On November 7, SNAP held a press conference in front of the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in the Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph to bring attention to a case involving an Episcopal priest, Bede Parry, who is being charged with molesting young boys while he was studying to be a Catholic priest. Parry was thrown out of the Benedictines of Conception... [Read more...]

KANSAS CITY PRESS CONFERENCE

Catalyst December Issue 2011

The Catholic League press conference was held outside the Kansas City Star on November 10. Without solicitation—simply by word of mouth—a sizable crowd of local Catholics joined Bill Donohue, Vice President Bernadette Brady and staff members Alex Mejia and Don Lauer. All were there in support of Bishop Robert Finn and against the Star-SNAP alliance. Link... [Read more...]

TAKING AIM AT BISHOP FINN

Catalyst December Issue 2011, Essay

Bill Donohue This ad, written by Bill Donohue, was rejected by the Kansas City Star, without explanation. The close relationship between the newspaper and SNAP is disturbing, but to turn down $25,000 is still surprising. The Star can impose a gag rule on us, but it cannot control us. Indeed, this ad was printed in the Northeast News, a weekly suburban... [Read more...]

PENN STATE LINKED TO CATHOLIC CHURCH

Catalyst December Issue 2011

There was no end to the deep thinkers who compared the Penn State sexual abuse issue to similar cases in the Catholic Church. Of course, a better analogy would have been to compare the state university to other state institutions, namely the public schools. That’s where young people are most likely to be abused. The “Occupy Wall Street” gang... [Read more...]

DOUBLING DOWN ON DEATH

Catalyst December Issue 2011

In September, officials at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) ended funding to a program operated by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) that helps victims of human trafficking. Their decision followed a lawsuit by the ACLU contesting the right of the USCCB not to refer trafficking victims to abortion and contraceptive... [Read more...]

BISHOP LORI DEFENDS RELIGIOUS LIBERTY

Catalyst December Issue 2011

Bridgeport Bishop William E. Lori recently testified before the House Judiciary Committee on the subject of religious freedom. He is the Chairman of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ (USCCB) new “Ad Hoc Committee for Religious Liberty.” In his testimony, Bishop Lori called on Congress to pass three pending bills focusing on protecting... [Read more...]

ATTACK ON CATHOLIC UNIVERSITY

Catalyst December Issue 2011

Recently, Catholic University of America was sued by a George Washington University professor, John Banzhaf, because the Catholic institution does not accommodate Muslim religious practices. Banzhaf needs to be sued for bringing a frivolous lawsuit. He has no complainants—not a single Muslim at Catholic University came to him complaining about seeing... [Read more...]

SUSAN SARANDON’S WILLFUL IGNORANCE

Catalyst December Issue 2011

At a theater surrounded by her tony friends in the Hamptons, actress Susan Sarandon recently discussed her 1995 movie, “Dead Man Walking”; the film was based on a book by Sister Helen Prejean that condemns the death penalty. During the discussion, Sarandon said she sent a copy of the book to the pope, saying, “The last one, not this Nazi one we... [Read more...]

BROOKLYN MUSEUM HOSTS “HIDE/SEEK”

Catalyst December Issue 2011

In November, the Brooklyn Museum of Art began hosting the exhibit “Hide/Seek.” Included in the exhibit was the video that the Catholic League protested last year when it was shown at the Smithsonian. The video, “A Fire in My Belly,” which features large ants running across the body of Jesus on the Cross, was pulled from the Smithsonian after... [Read more...]

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