June Issue 2002

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BISHOPS ASSEMBLE IN DALLAS; REFORMS FORTHCOMING

By | June 23rd, 2002|Categories: Catalyst, Front Page|Tags: |

All eyes will be on Dallas when the U.S. bishops meet June 13-15 to discuss the sex abuse scandal that has rocked the Church. National guidelines are expected though the details are still in dispute. Virtually every media outlet in the nation will cover the event. Indeed, every room in every hotel will be booked as [...]

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BILL ALLOWS EXEMPTION

By | June 23rd, 2002|Categories: Catalyst, Front Page|Tags: |

The outcome was in doubt but reason prevailed. A law governing child sexual abuse in Connecticut allowed for an exemption for allegations heard in the confessional. In the first part of May, the Connecticut state House passed a bill that would require Catholic priests to report allegations of child sexual abuse disclosed in the confessional. But [...]

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A CRISIS OF FAITH

By | June 23rd, 2002|Categories: Catalyst, From The President's Desk|Tags: |

William A. Donohue No figure in the Church sexual abuse scandal is more notorious than Rev. Paul Shanley. Though defrocked priest John Geoghan may be the biggest pervert (he is accused of molesting 130 children), Shanley is the real All Star of sexual deviants. Unlike Geoghan, he publicly advocated the merits of sexual deviance. What shaped [...]

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FULTON J. SHEEN, CATHOLIC CHAMPION

By | June 23rd, 2002|Categories: Catalyst, Essay|Tags: |

by Thomas C. Reeves When American history textbooks mention Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen at all, it is briefly and in connection with the allegedly "feel good" Christianity of the 1950s. To some Americans, Sheen was merely a glib, superficial television performer and pop writer who blossomed briefly on the national scene and rapidly disappeared. Many orthodox [...]

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SHOULD PRACTICING CATHOLICS HOLD PUBLIC OFFICE

By | June 23rd, 2002|Categories: Catalyst, Features|Tags: |

One of the things the Catholic League has been closely monitoring during these difficult times is the anti-Catholic fallout that has accompanied the sex abuse scandal. Perhaps nothing has incensed us more than the growing skepticism in the media that Catholic district attorneys should not be trusted to investigate diocesan abuse. This has happened in New [...]

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AMICUS FILED ON COLUMBINE CASE

By | June 23rd, 2002|Categories: Catalyst, Features|Tags: |

The Catholic League has signed on to an amicus brief filed by the Christian Legal Society in the Columbine case. At stake are the free speech rights of believing Christians. When the Jefferson County school district invited community members to express themselves by painting tiles for Columbine High School, it was done as an art-therapy project [...]

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CATHOLIC BASHERS GO BONKERS OVER SCANDAL

By | June 23rd, 2002|Categories: Catalyst, Features|Tags: |

Catholic bashers are coming out of the woodwork over the sexual abuse scandal in the Church. Catholics for a Free Choice, American Atheists and Rainbow Sash have all been ringing the alarms beckoning world bodies to investigate the Church. Even some noted attorneys have jumped on board. The Catholic League has been keeping a close watch [...]

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PHILADELPHIA D.A. LAUNCHES WITCH HUNT AGAINST PHILADELPHIA ARCHDIOCESE

By | June 23rd, 2002|Categories: Catalyst, Features|Tags: |

District Attorney Lynne Abraham is on a witch hunt. She wants to convene a grand jury to investigate allegations of sexual abuse by priests in Philadelphia. She said the grand jury will investigate "all allegations involving priests whether they are dead, dismissed or retired." The Archdiocese of Philadelphia, though surprised by her decision, said it will [...]

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ACLU LAWSUIT IN SEX ED CASE MASKS ITS REAL GOAL

By | June 23rd, 2002|Categories: Catalyst, Features|Tags: |

On May 9, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) filed suit challenging the way the state of Louisiana has used taxpayers’ money to promote sexual abstinence. The ACLU contends that Louisiana is allowing government funds to promote religion; it cites examples where a religious theme has been evident in some instances where the program has been [...]

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“LAW & ORDER: SPECIAL VICTIMS UNIT” TARGETS CATHOLIC PRIESTS IN SEASON FINALE

By | June 23rd, 2002|Categories: Catalyst, Features|Tags: |

The NBC show, "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit," targeted Catholic priests in its season finale on May 17. The episode, "Silence," featured a senior priest involved in pedophilia and a subsequent diocesan coverup. Two days before it aired, we issued a news release that raised serious questions about the decision to run the show. We [...]

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