STEM CELL ISSUE REACHES A HOT POINT

Catalyst July/August Issue 2004

The day before former President Ronald Reagan died, 58 senators sent a letter to President George W. Bush urging him to permit embryonic stem cell research. The senators were now insisting that with the death of President Reagan, the issue took on greater urgency. They cited the support that Nancy Reagan has shown for this type of research. The Catholic... [Read more...]

PLAYING FAST AND LOOSE WITH THEOLOGY

Catalyst July/August Issue 2004

Recently, an article by E. Michael Jones in the February 2004 edition of his magazine, Culture Wars, came to our attention. What begins as a review of Roy Schoeman’s book, Salvation Is From the Jews, ends up as an anti-Semitic rant playing fast and loose with Catholic theology. It should be unequivocally condemned. The first important point... [Read more...]

MARRIAGE AMENDMENT NEEDED

Catalyst July/August Issue 2004

When asked on June 25 whether the Catholic League would sign a statement of support for a Federal Marriage Amendment, league president William Donohue quickly did so. In doing so, the Catholic League agrees with the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops that nothing less than a constitutional amendment can stave off the radical gay rights agenda. The... [Read more...]

“I’M PERSONALLY OPPOSED, BUT….”

Catalyst July/August Issue 2004

Beginning with New York Governor Mario Cuomo, literally hundreds of local, state and federal Catholic executives and lawmakers have said that they are personally opposed to abortion, but are nonetheless obliged to take a pro-abortion position. Cuomo’s attempt to carve out a middle ground on this issue, however, was no more successful in 1984 than... [Read more...]

CARDINAL GEORGE REBUKES GAY ACTIVISTS

Catalyst July/August Issue 2004

Cardinal Francis George, Archbishop of Chicago, notified all his pastors in May not to give Communion to gay members of the Rainbow Sash Movement. Members of the group, who publicly reject the teachings of the Catholic Church on homosexuality and same-sex marriage, announced that they were going to wear rainbow sashes on Pentecost Sunday at many churches... [Read more...]

ANOTHER SCANDAL?

Catalyst July/August Issue 2004

In late June, the Dallas Morning News ran a series of articles alleging that another scandal had unfolded: the Catholic Church was now guilty of moving molesting priests overseas. For 18 months, the newspaper tracked these runaway priests. It concluded that “Nearly half of the more than 200 cases we identified involve clergy who tried to elude... [Read more...]

HBO SPECIAL ON “CELIBACY” MALIGNS CHURCH

Catalyst July/August Issue 2004

The HBO series “America Undercover” aired a special documentary, “Celibacy,” on June 28. It purported to be an examination of celibacy as it is practiced in the world’s religions. After a cursory glance at celibacy in eastern religions, it focused almost exclusively on Roman Catholicism. The overall theme was voiced at... [Read more...]

J. LO DUBBED “STRICT CATHOLIC”

Catalyst July/August Issue 2004

In June there were plenty of media reports alleging that actress Jennifer Lopez had secretly married singer Marc Anthony. What caught our eye was the way the media characterized J.Lo: she was dubbed a “strict Catholic” in over a dozen reports. Lopez, twice divorced, was supposedly pregnant and, according to news stories, would never have... [Read more...]

« Previous Page