PASTOR HAGEE APOLOGIZES; DONOHUE-HAGEE MEET

Catalyst June Issue 2008, Front Page

In a letter to Bill Donohue dated May 12 (click here), Pastor John Hagee apologized for offending Catholics. “I want to express my deep regret,” he said, “for any comments that Catholics have found hurtful.” Donohue was quick to accept the apology. On May 15, the two men met at Catholic League headquarters for the first time. Hagee’s letter... [Read more...]

OBAMA CONTROVERSY

Catalyst June Issue 2008, Front Page

When Sen. Barack Obama recently announced the formation of his Catholic National Advisory Council, he said he was “deeply honored to have the support and counsel of these committed Catholic leaders, scholars and advocates.” We quickly urged him “to dissolve it immediately.” Of the 26 Catholic former or current public office holders listed as... [Read more...]

INTERNET PLUSES AND MINUSES

Catalyst June Issue 2008, From The President's Desk

William A. Donohue Libel laws in this country divide the population in two: private persons and public persons. Following New York Times v. Sullivan in 1964, the former category is entitled to plenty of protection while the latter is not. In other words, if someone smears the average person, he or she can sue and has a good chance of winning. If someone... [Read more...]

DONOHUE AND HAGEE MEET

Catalyst June Issue 2008

The following article was written by Deal Hudson, the publisher of the website, InsideCatholic. It first appeared on CatholicOnline on May 16 and is reprinted here with permission. Hudson, who attended the May 15 meeting with Bill Donohue and Pastor Hagee (along with Hagee’s wife and his associate, David Brog), recounts here what happened. Today at... [Read more...]

CATHOLICISM’S MELTING POT

Catalyst June Issue 2008

The following is an excerpt from Sam Roberts during the weekly New York Times podcast, “Only in New York.” The podcast ran on May 15: “William Donohue’s calendar the other day was bookended by two historic events. “Donohue is the president of the Catholic League for Civil and Religious Rights in Manhattan. Earlier in the day, he was scheduled... [Read more...]

OBAMA’S CATHOLIC ADVISORS–DONOHUE’S REPLY

Catalyst June Issue 2008

The initial controversy over Sen. Barack Obama’s Catholic advisors is addressed in the Catalyst article, which can be accessed by clicking here.  The group’s response can be found by clicking here.  Please see Bill Donohue’s rejoinder below. “The reason I mentioned only public officials who are part of Sen. Obama’s Catholic... [Read more...]

OBAMA CATHOLIC ADVISOR CENSURED

Catalyst June Issue 2008

No sooner had Barack Obama’s Catholic National Advisory Council written to Bill Donohue than Kansas City Archbishop Joseph Naumann censured one of Obama’s National Co-Chairs, Kansas Governor Kathleen Sebelius. The Archbishop stated that the governor should not present herself for Holy Communion due to her long-time support of abortion rights. Gov.... [Read more...]

DOBBS PRAISES POPE

Catalyst June Issue 2008

As we reported in the May Catalyst, Lou Dobbs criticized the pope during his recent visit to the United States. In a turn of events, right before our journal hit the press, Dobbs praised the pope on his CNN show. After blasting the pope for a few days, Dobbs had finally come to grips that the pope’s message was one to be heard. On the April 21 “Lou... [Read more...]

MEDIA WATCHDOG SMEARS POPE

Catalyst June Issue 2008

Following the successful visit of Pope Benedict XVI to the United States, the media watchdog group Fairness & Accuracy in Reporting (FAIR) ran a story titled, “Pope Gets Pass on Church Abuse History.” The self-styled “progressive” organization claimed that during his reign as pontiff, the pope has been given a pass on his “record of downplaying... [Read more...]

WOMEN, GAYS AND “BOSTON LEGAL”

Catalyst June Issue 2008

On the May 14 episode of the ABC program “Boston Legal,” David E. Kelley, the show’s creator, once again displayed his hatred for Catholicism. No one in Hollywood is more fascinated—and—angry with the Catholic Church than is Kelley. The day after the show aired we hung Kelley out to dry. The episode was focused on the plight of yet another... [Read more...]

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