GOOD NEWS IS NO NEWS

Catalyst July/August Issue 2012

In 2002, the bishops assembled in Dallas amidst a media frenzy to consider reforms to combat the sexual abuse of minors. But when the bishops met this June, there was no frenzy this time around. That’s because the reforms worked. Leading up to the meeting, not a single media outlet provided an in-depth assessment of the anniversary of the reforms,... [Read more...]

NEW YORK TIMES FEIGNS INTEREST IN CHILD ABUSE

Catalyst July/August Issue 2012

The June 17 editorial in the New York Times on the sexual abuse of minors was aptly titled, “The Children Deserve Justice.” Too bad the editorial board doesn’t really believe it. The editorial gave half-baked kudos to New York Governor Andrew Cuomo for pressing a new measure that would require college coaches to report child sex abuse (the Times... [Read more...]

PHONY ATTACK ON CARDINAL DOLAN

Catalyst July/August Issue 2012

Timothy Cardinal Dolan has recently been criticized for inducing suspected miscreant priests to exit the priesthood during his time as the Archbishop of Milwaukee. The attack is phony: if the issue were how to handle sex abusers, his critics would have previously commented on the following: • In California, all government employees convicted of any... [Read more...]

NPR REPORTER SLAMS PRIESTS

Catalyst July/August Issue 2012

On May 27, a reporter for National Public Radio (NPR) published a piece that was posted on the NPR website titled, “Just Doing His Job Is Catholic Official’s Defense.” The following is the opening of the story: “A clergy sex-abuse trial in is [sic] reaching a crescendo in a Philadelphia courtroom. One defendant is James Brennan, a priest accused... [Read more...]

OPEN LETTER TO MAUREEN DOWD

Catalyst July/August Issue 2012

The following was written by Bill Donohue to Maureen Dowd in response to her May 23 column: My Dearest Maureen, in today’s New York Times, you write the following: “The church insists it’s an argument about religious freedom, not birth control. But, really, it’s about birth control, and women’s lower caste in the church. It’s about conservative... [Read more...]

FARLEY, FOUCAULT AND MAUREEN

Catalyst July/August Issue 2012

The Vatican recently issued a statement criticizing the book, Just Love: A Framework for Christian Sexual Ethics, by Sister Margaret Farley. After this broke, we decided to shed some light on the nun. No one who ever heard of Farley and stumbled across Just Love in a bookstore would consider her a nun. Nor would anyone think she was a nun by viewing... [Read more...]

EMBRACING MORAL DEPRAVITY

Catalyst July/August Issue 2012

In June, Margaret Farley spoke to the Catholic Theological Society of America (CTSA): The CTSA responded to the Vatican’s criticism of Farley’s book, Just Love, by defending her. Lisa Miller of the Washington Post also defended her by saying Farley was acting in the grand tradition of the late Catholic feminist Mary Daly. Also speaking at the conference... [Read more...]

THE ARROGANCE OF THE WASHINGTON POST

Catalyst July/August Issue 2012

In a May 17 editorial, the Washington Post said it was “shocking” that Donald Cardinal Wuerl would criticize Georgetown University for inviting Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius to speak at one of the university’s commencement exercises. We found it shocking that the Post would involve itself in the internal affairs of the... [Read more...]

L.A. TIMES LACKS MORAL STANDING

Catalyst July/August Issue 2012

The day following the Washington Post’s editorial lecturing Donald Cardinal Wuerl, the Los Angeles Times decided to chime in. The editorial accused Cardinal Wuerl of “censorship” for speaking out against Georgetown’s embrace of abortion champion Kathleen Sebelius; the paper said the students should be exposed to “a variety of viewpoints.” Ironically,... [Read more...]

ROMNEY SCORES ON EDUCATION

Catalyst July/August Issue 2012

Presidential hopeful Mitt Romney recently unveiled his “A Chance for Every Child” education policy that will do more to provide upward social mobility for the poor and disabled than any proposal on the table. “As President,” he said, “I will give the parents of every low-income and special needs student the chance to choose where their child... [Read more...]

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