RELIGION AND POLITICS: BISHOPS SPEAK WITH CLARITY

Catalyst July/August Issue 2004, Front Page

When the bishops recently assembled in Colorado, they overwhelmingly approved a policy statement on “Catholics in Political Life.” Presented on June 18, the position that the bishops staked out on what to do about pro-abortion Catholic politicians was greeted with enthusiasm by the Catholic League. From our point of view, the bishops spoke... [Read more...]

PLEDGE CASE VICTORY

Catalyst July/August Issue 2004, Front Page

Last year, the Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights filed a joint friend-of-the-court brief with the Thomas More Law Center supporting the right of public school students to recite the Pledge of Allegiance. The June 14 ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court, though made on grounds that the plaintiff lacked standing, upholds the constitutionality... [Read more...]

THE TRIUMPH OF THE BANALITY OF EVIL

Catalyst July/August Issue 2004, From The President's Desk

William A. Donohue If you haven’t read pages 8-9 yet, please do so before reading this article; it will facilitate what I’m about to say. The late philosopher Hannah Arendt wrote brilliantly on the causes of totalitarianism, especially as it occurred in Nazi Germany. Perhaps her most memorable phrase—used to describe the way in which... [Read more...]

JUSTIFYING INFANTICIDE

Catalyst July/August Issue 2004, Essay

After President Bush signed a law banning partial-birth abortion last year, Planned Parenthood and the rest of the abortion industry sued to have the law overturned. This past spring, several doctors who have performed such abortions testified before judges in various parts of the nation. The following is an excerpt of their remarks. The Procedure April... [Read more...]

KERRY’S “RELIGION OUTREACH” DIRECTOR QUICKLY SILENCED

Catalyst July/August Issue 2004

It took less than a week for the Kerry camp to silence Mara Vanderslice, its Director of Religion Outreach. This intriguing story began when the Catholic League broke a news story on June 14. The following statement by the league explains how the process unfolded: “Here’s what we know about John Kerry’s religious outreach person. Mara... [Read more...]

JEWISH NEWSPAPER RIPS CATHOLIC BISHOPS

Catalyst July/August Issue 2004

The lead editorial in the June 25 edition of the Forward, a prominent Jewish weekly newspaper, accused Catholic bishops of being a threat to democracy. William Donohue then let loose with the following statement to the press: “Never have I read a more anti-Catholic editorial in my life. It is the height of arrogance and intolerance for a Jewish... [Read more...]

AMERICANS UNITED ATTEMPTS TO SILENCE BISHOPS

Catalyst July/August Issue 2004

Barry Lynn of Americans United for Separation of Church and State recently sent a letter to the IRS asking the agency to investigate what he termed “electioneering” by the Diocese of Colorado Springs. Referring to Bishop Michael Sheridan’s pastoral letter about politicians receiving Communion, Lynn accused him of using “code... [Read more...]

DURBIN’S SCORECARD GETS AN “F”

Catalyst July/August Issue 2004

On June 2, Senator Dick Durbin of Illinois released a report, “Evaluating the Votes and Actions of Public Officials from a Catholic Perspective,” which ranked the twenty-four U.S. Catholic senators based on their votes in three areas: domestic, international and pro-life. The issues were taken from a publication issued by the United States... [Read more...]

CATHOLIC DEMOCRATS REBUKE BISHOPS

Catalyst July/August Issue 2004

In late May, forty-eight Democratic congressmen signed a letter to Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, Archbishop of Washington, D.C., taking issue with those bishops who have said that Catholic lawmakers should be denied Communion if they champion abortion rights. The Democratic congressmen who signed the letter, almost all of whom are pro-abortion, admonished... [Read more...]

“SAVED!” TRIES TO SMEAR CHRISTIANS

Catalyst July/August Issue 2004

The MGM movie “Saved!” opened at select theaters on May 28. It was billed as a “sweetly subversive comedy” about an evangelical Christian high school. More accurately, it was an attempt to smear Christians. The film features a Christian teenager who gets pregnant while attempting to reorient her homosexual friend; this follows... [Read more...]

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