MAUREEN DOWD’S PAROCHIALISM

Catalyst July/August Issue 2011

New York Archbishop Timothy Dolan, like most Americans, and like most people throughout the history of the world, thinks marriage should be reserved for the only two people capable of rendering a family, namely a man and a woman. In Maureen Dowd’s world, all these people are wrong. In a column that appeared in the New York Times on Father’s Day,... [Read more...]

U.N. PANEL’S BOGUS APPEAL TO IRELAND

Catalyst July/August Issue 2011

A United Nations panel, the Committee against Torture, recently asked the Irish government to investigate allegations of mistreatment of young women who used to work in Catholic laundries. Specifically, the panel says that alleged abuses in the so-called Magdalene Laundries, workhouses run by nuns from the 1920s to the mid-1990s, should be investigated... [Read more...]

SAN ANTONIO SPONSORS HATE SPEECH

Catalyst July/August Issue 2011

In February, Bill Donohue wrote to Mr. Julián Castro, mayor of San Antonio, about the anti-Christian play, “Corpus Christi,” that was scheduled to run from June 17 to July 10 at the San Pedro Playhouse but never heard back. Donohue also sent a copy to Felix Padron, executive director of the Office of Cultural Affairs for the City of San Antonio.... [Read more...]

SHUT DOWN FAITH-BASED PROGRAMS

Catalyst July/August Issue 2011

In June, a few dozen left-wing organizations, some of which are no friend of religious liberty, sent a letter to President Obama asking that he rescind an amendment to an Executive Order that allows faith-based programs to limit hiring to people of their own faith. We said it was time to go further and to finally pull the plug on faith-based programs... [Read more...]

ROGUE CATHOLICS UNWELCOME IN DETROIT

Catalyst July/August Issue 2011

Prior to the June meeting of the American Catholic Council at Detroit’s Cobo Hall, Detroit Archbishop Allen H. Vigneron rebuffed the dissident group. It was with good reason that Archbishop Vigneron warned local priests and deacons not to participate in the event: many of those who attended, and those who are on record supporting the event, reject... [Read more...]

LUDICROUS ATTACK ON BISHOP FINN

Catalyst July/August Issue 2011

Recently Phyllis Zagano, a contributor to the National Catholic Reporter, wrote an unfair article attacking Bishop Robert Finn of Kansas City-St. Joseph. She compared the situations of Arnold Schwarzenegger, Rep. Anthony Weiner and Dominique Strauss-Kahn with Finn’s failure to move quickly against a problem priest. Zagano found fault in Finn’s... [Read more...]

OLBERMANN’S IGNORANCE IS APPALLING

Catalyst July/August Issue 2011

On a recent episode of Current TV’s “Countdown with Keith Olbermann,” the host falsely claimed that Galileo was punished by the Church for “his belief that the earth orbited the sun.” He also said that “the Church acknowledged errors had been committed in assessing Galileo’s scientific beliefs. They did that in 1992.” In fact, the belief... [Read more...]

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