BISHOPS MAKE PROGRESS; MUCH WORK REMAINS

Catalyst July/August Issue 2002, Front Page

When the bishops assembled in Dallas on June 13, they did so in a climate of apprehensiveness. Two days later, they left in a mood of contentment. While not everyone was happy with the charter that was approved (including many who voted for it), a calmness was finally evident. The U.S. Bishops’ Ad Hoc Committee on Sexual Abuse floated a draft... [Read more...]

VOUCHER VICTORY

Catalyst July/August Issue 2002, Front Page

On June 27, the U.S. Supreme Court voted 5-4 to allow school vouchers. The Catholic League filed a friend-of-the-court brief in this case. Here is an excerpt from our news release on the subject: “This is a victory for the poor that triumphed over the so-called champions of the poor. Condemned to failing public schools in Cleveland, the poor... [Read more...]

THE DEEDS OF DALLAS

Catalyst July/August Issue 2002, From The President's Desk

William A. Donohue When the cardinals left Rome in April, they came away with a statement that most branded inadequate. The same judgment befell the draft document of the bishops prior to the Dallas meeting. After Dallas, there is still much discontent, but a closer look at the survey data reveal a Church on the mend. In Dallas, the bishops voted 239-13... [Read more...]

OF STEREOTYPES AND HEROES

by Dr. Richard C. Lukas Nowhere is the politicization of history and its practitioners more evident than in the recent writings of a number of historians of the Holocaust era. The temptations of glitz, glamour and money seem to have influenced some historians to sensationalize their subjects to get noticed by the media. Instead of writing history as... [Read more...]

CAUTIONARY NOTE TO BISHOPS ISSUED

Catalyst July/August Issue 2002

Just before the bishops assembled in Dallas for their meeting, we issued the following cautionary note in the form of a news release: “Even before the meeting begins, some activists have branded it a failure. Consider Call to Action. Its spokeswoman, Linda Pieczynski, is quoted as saying, ‘We don’t really trust the bishops to do... [Read more...]

DIOCESAN REVIEW BOARDS NEED RATIONAL CRITERIA

There has been much discussion about the role of diocesan review boards in assessing charges of priestly sexual misconduct. The Catholic League supports lay involvement on diocesan review boards that investigate cases of alleged sexual abuse by priests. But it cautions that such panels are not an elixir and must themselves abide by certain neutral... [Read more...]

WHEN GUIDELINES ARE NOT ENOUGH

Catalyst July/August Issue 2002

Guidelines in dealing with priestly sexual abuse are important but they are no substitute for common sense and common decency. Consider, for example, what has happened in two archdioceses, that of Boston and that of Milwaukee. In 1977, Rev. Paul Shanley, the Boston pedophile and homosexual, said that when an adult and child have sex, “the adult... [Read more...]

HIGHLIGHTS OF HETERODOXY

Catalyst July/August Issue 2002

There are many Catholic organizations and publications that reject the Church’s teachings on sexuality. We’ve been tracking what they’ve been saying in this time of crisis and, predictably, the voices of dissent want to turn the Church upside down and inside out. Here’s a sampling of some of the more inane comments we’ve... [Read more...]

ORTHODOXY AFFIRMED

Catalyst July/August Issue 2002

Need some relief from this stuff? Here’s what William Donohue said on the “Alan Keyes show” on June 13: “If there’s a Catholic teacher on a [Catholic] college campus right now—I don’t care if it’s a priest or a layperson—who doesn’t accept the Catholic Church’s teachings on human sexuality, on... [Read more...]

RULE OF LAW APPLIES—EVEN TO THE CHURCH

Catalyst July/August Issue 2002

Some who are targeting the Catholic Church in the wake of the sex abuse scandal are seeking to exploit the law to make their case. We addressed this issue in the following news release: “In some parts of the nation, local D.A.’s are seeking to obtain the personnel records of priests extending back decades ago. But if their real interest... [Read more...]

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