CATHOLICISM UNDER FIRE; BATTLES RAGE ON MANY FRONTS

Catalyst June Issue 2009, Front Page

This spring has been among the busiest of seasons for the Catholic League in some time. The media kept coming to us over and over about a range of issues. The controversy over “Angels & Demons” swirled for weeks before it opened May 15. The decision to award an honorary degree to President Barack Obama at the University of Notre Dame triggered... [Read more...]

HARRY KNOX MUST GO

Catalyst June Issue 2009, Front Page

On May 13, Bill Donohue participated in a teleconference with other Catholic leaders demanding the ouster of Harry Knox from President Obama’s Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships; many from the media heard what was said. A letter signed by some two dozen Catholic leaders called on Obama to oust Knox. Knox has had plenty of opportunities to take... [Read more...]

OBAMA AND NOTRE DAME

Catalyst June Issue 2009, From The President's Desk

When I first learned that President Barack Obama was invited to give the commencement address and receive an honorary law degree at the University of Notre Dame, I walked into McGeever’s pub and told the boys that they would not believe which Catholic university was going to honor the president. “Don’t tell me Notre Dame,” Billy O’Connor said... [Read more...]

A NOTRE DAME WITNESS FOR LIFE

Catalyst June Issue 2009, Essay

Bill McGurn This article is an excerpt from a recent speech given by Bill McGurn to Notre Dame’s Center for Ethics and Culture Good evening… The precipitate cause of our gathering tonight is the honor and platform our university has extended to a President whose policies reflect clear convictions about unborn life, and about the value the law... [Read more...]

STORM BREWS OVER “ANGELS & DEMONS”

Catalyst June Issue 2009

Over the past couple of months we have been on the frontlines addressing the controversy that surrounded the film “Angels & Demons.” Before the movie opened on May 15, we made frequent appearances on TV and radio, issued numerous news releases and published a booklet all exposing the lies and hypocrisy of the Ron Howard flick. Indeed, a storm... [Read more...]

POPE’S TRIP NOT WITHOUT INCIDENT

Catalyst June Issue 2009

As expected, Pope Benedict XVI’s trip to the Holy Land in May did not run as smoothly as we would have liked. The Holy Father was criticized for his past—albeit forced—membership in the Hitler Youth. Also, his moving and heartfelt speech at the Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial was criticized for being too soft. The English and French news services,... [Read more...]

NEW YORK TIMES PROFILES DONOHUE

Catalyst June Issue 2009

On May 13, New York Times reporter Paul Vitello spent most of the day with Bill Donohue. He even followed him to the Time Warner Center for a live interview Donohue did for CNN. The result was an article on May 15 that featured three big color photos of the Catholic League president in his office. Donohue issued a news release about the article the... [Read more...]

HATE CRIMES BILL SPELLS TROUBLE

Catalyst June Issue 2009

On April 22, the House Judiciary Committee marked-up a hate crimes bill sponsored by Rep. John Conyers. Serious questions were raised by religious leaders about this legislation, especially as it pertains to religious pronouncements against homosexuality. There are also concerns with the legislation regarding its language protecting pedophiles. The... [Read more...]

WHITE HOUSE AVOIDS HATE CRIMES QUESTION

Catalyst June Issue 2009

Following the U.S. House approval of the hate crimes bill, the official spokesman for President Barack Obama, Robert Gibbs, ducked a question on the legislation. Gibbs was asked by Baltimore radio icon and WorldNetDaily correspondent Les Kinsolving to address the legislation, but the spokesman had nothing to say. The exchange between the two men follows: Kinsolving:... [Read more...]

DONOHUE CONTACTS SENATORS KENNEDY AND LEAHY

Catalyst June Issue 2009

A copy of the same letter was sent to Senator Patrick Leahy.  Read More →

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