BISHOPS REFUSE TO CAVE; CRITICS GO BONKERS

Catalyst December Issue 2012, Front Page

Left-wing Catholics were exuberant with the election results, but their eudemonia proved fleeting: the very next week the bishops met in Baltimore where they reaffirmed their commitment to the civil rights of the unborn, the defense of marriage, and the cause of religious liberty. The Catholic League was delighted with the hierarchy’s statements. Thus... [Read more...]

MANGER SCENE SCENARIOS

Catalyst December Issue 2012, Front Page

Many members have asked for advice on how to handle attempts to censor manger scenes from public property. Here’s some straight talk. When a petition to erect a crèche on public property is denied, offer a substitute: ask if it would be okay to put a sign on the grounds where the nativity scene was to be placed. The sign should simply say: “We... [Read more...]

SANDY’S UNSUNG HEROES

Catalyst December Issue 2012, From The President's Desk

FROM THE PRESIDENT’S DESK  William A. Donohue In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, we need something to cheer about, especially as we approach the holiday season. I bring you good news, but first a word about some bad news. Never have I encountered more devastation to life and property from a storm than what Sandy wrought. Some made matters worse... [Read more...]

BBC, NYT AND SEXUAL ABUSE

Catalyst December Issue 2012

This fall the Catholic League addressed in detail revelations that the BBC knew about the exploits of child rapist Jimmy Savile [pronounced SAV-ILL], one of its most famous employees, yet spiked a report revealing what it knew; Savile died in October 2011, and a month later the exposé on him was canned. But it was not the cover-up that interested us... [Read more...]

BLACK CLOUD OVER INCOMING NYT CEO

Catalyst December Issue 2012

October 16 – Mark Thompson is slated to start next month as the new president and CEO of the New York Times Company. He comes in under a cloud of suspicion. Almost a year ago, a decision was made at the BBC to kill a “Newsnight” investigation into what is now becoming the most astonishing sexual abuse scandal in the history of the U.K.: Thompson... [Read more...]

THE MAN BEHIND BBC/NYT NIGHTMARE

Catalyst December Issue 2012

October 17 – When Jimmy Savile died last October, he was mourned by the BBC. Mark Thompson, then the BBC’s general director, said he was “very sad” to hear of his death. But many of those who grieved would now like to strangle Savile: BBC figure Jeremy Vine said this week that Savile is “one of the most serious predatory paedophiles in criminal... [Read more...]

SAVILE’S SICK PAST HAUNTS BBC/NYT

Catalyst December Issue 2012

October 18 – Scotland Yard is hot on the trail of Jimmy Savile’s victims, and there appears to be no end to them. Not only are the top cops pursuing 340 inquiries, dating back to 1959, they are being assisted by 14 other police agencies. Savile, the celebrity BBC icon, was not only a child rapist, he was known for groping women on the air. Indeed,... [Read more...]

SAVILE WAS “CLASSIC CHILD ABUSER”

Catalyst December Issue 2012

October 19 – Here is what MailOnline said last week about the victims of Jimmy Savile: “The picture they paint is of a ‘classic’ child abuser, targeting vulnerable youngsters at schools, hospitals and children’s homes….He plied them with treats—under the noses of teachers, doctors and BBC managers—and took them for rides in his Rolls-Royce….Savile... [Read more...]

SAVILE’S EXPLOITS WERE NO SECRET

Catalyst December Issue 2012

October 22 – It was reported over the weekend that BBC icon Jimmy Savile had sexually assaulted his own niece. Worse, her grandmother knew it all along but kept her mouth shut: grandma’s brother, Jimmy, made sure she had a comfortable lifestyle. Savile’s exploits were no secret. Here are a few examples. In 1976, a 9-year-old boy was molested by... [Read more...]

DOCUMENTARY AIRS TONIGHT ON SAVILE

Catalyst December Issue 2012

October 22 – Over the weekend, the BBC denied reports that Peter Rippon was resigning; he was the person who spiked a “Newsnight” documentary on Jimmy Savile last December. Within hours, Rippon resigned. Tonight, “Panorama” will air an hour-long special on the BBC scandal and cover-up. George Entwistle refuses to speak to the media, but that... [Read more...]

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