July/August Issue 2012

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GOOD NEWS IS NO NEWS

By | July 12th, 2012|Categories: Catalyst Online, Features|Tags: |

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 [...]

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NEW YORK TIMES FEIGNS INTEREST IN CHILD ABUSE

By | July 12th, 2012|Categories: Catalyst Online, Features|Tags: |

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 [...]

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PHONY ATTACK ON CARDINAL DOLAN

By | July 12th, 2012|Categories: Catalyst Online, Features|Tags: |

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 crime [...]

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NPR REPORTER SLAMS PRIESTS

By | July 12th, 2012|Categories: Catalyst Online, Features|Tags: |

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, [...]

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OPEN LETTER TO MAUREEN DOWD

By | July 12th, 2012|Categories: Catalyst Online, Features|Tags: |

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 [...]

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FARLEY, FOUCAULT AND MAUREEN

By | July 12th, 2012|Categories: Catalyst Online, Features|Tags: |

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 [...]

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EMBRACING MORAL DEPRAVITY

By | July 12th, 2012|Categories: Catalyst Online, Features|Tags: |

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 [...]

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THE ARROGANCE OF THE WASHINGTON POST

By | July 12th, 2012|Categories: Catalyst Online, Features|Tags: |

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 Catholic Church. [...]

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L.A. TIMES LACKS MORAL STANDING

By | July 12th, 2012|Categories: Catalyst Online, Features|Tags: |

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, the last thing the Los [...]

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ROMNEY SCORES ON EDUCATION

By | July 12th, 2012|Categories: Catalyst Online, Features|Tags: |

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 [...]

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