MILITANT ATHEISM

Catalyst January/February Issue 2011

The media love conflict, so it was no surprise that the Catholic League’s response to the American Atheists billboard would generate big news. What meant a lot to us was the enthusiastic response we received from Protestants: they wrote letters of thanks, sent checks, called to congratulate us, etc. We even heard from Jews who were happy with our... [Read more...]

SECULAR SABOTAGE SCORES

Catalyst January/February Issue 2011

Bill Donohue’s Secular Sabotage was listed as one of the ten best books of 2010 in two categories: Top Ten Catholic Books (see Catholic Exchange) and Top Ten Conservative Books (see Ronald Reagan Forums). He was #2 on both lists.  Read More →

ARCHBISHOP DOLAN TO LEAD BISHOPS

Catalyst January/February Issue 2011

At the recent meeting of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), New York Archbishop Timothy Dolan was elected to lead the bishops’ conference as president for the next three years. We called this a splendid choice. Archbishop Dolan possesses all the right skills to lead the USCCB: he is brilliant, courageous and diplomatic. We... [Read more...]

OBAMA SPEECHWRITER’S IDEA OF COMEDY

Catalyst January/February Issue 2011

Late last year, Jon Lovett, a White House speechwriter, won the “Funniest Celebrity” competition in Washington, D.C. In a quip he made about the TSA’s pat downs, he said, “it’s giving a way for, you know, defrocked priests to get their lives back together, giving back to the community, lend a…Well, not lend a hand, but you know.” Had... [Read more...]

POPE IGNITES DEBATE OVER CONDOMS

Catalyst January/February Issue 2011

A firestorm was triggered when reports surfaced that Pope Benedict XVI suggested that condoms may make sense in preventing the transmission of disease. The accuracy of this interpretation immediately came under scrutiny, as theologians immediately weighed in on the pope’s nuanced response. What was not in dispute was this: he never said condoms are... [Read more...]

PETA EXPLOITS POPE

Catalyst January/February Issue 2011

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) recently embarked on a campaign encouraging the spaying and neutering of animals. The leaflet that it distributed, “Pope Condom,” shows an obviously doctored picture of Pope Benedict XVI throwing a condom to a crowd. There were two problems with this campaign: the leaflet exploited the pope; and... [Read more...]

POPE BLAMES PRO-PEDOPHILIA CROWD

Catalyst January/February Issue 2011

In a high-profile Christmas speech, Pope Benedict XVI chastised priests who have molested minors, saying it had reached an “unimaginable dimension.” He also tried to put the problem in a broader context, and for this he was condemned. The pope said, “In the 1970s, pedophilia was theorized as something fully in conformity with man and even with... [Read more...]

“THE VIEW” GIRLS GET ANGRY

Catalyst January/February Issue 2011

Right before Christmas, the gals on “The View” took to criticizing the Catholic Church about abortion. Bill Donohue set sail a news release, asking our e-mail list to e-mail the show’s executive producer. And boy, did they. The next day, December 23, the panelists went ballistic. Joy Behar, Whoopi Goldberg and Elisabeth Hasselbeck have been bashing... [Read more...]

CATHOLICS, JEWS, BLACKS AND MUSLIMS

Catalyst January/February Issue 2011

We recently commented on the latest evidence of duplicity on the part of the media and civil libertarians. We noted the story of a nun who was accused of embezzling $1.2 million from Iona College, a Catholic institution outside New York City. There was also a story about a rabbinical court in Brooklyn that ordered its members not to report crimes to... [Read more...]

APPLE DISSES CHRISTIANS

Catalyst January/February Issue 2011

A decision by Apple Inc. to remove an iPhone app called the Manhattan Declaration was the subject of intense debate in December. The Manhattan Declaration is an authoritative statement initially signed by 148 signatories, all of them prominent Orthodox Christian, Catholic and Protestant religious leaders, affirming the sanctity of life, religious liberty... [Read more...]

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