OBAMA NIXES JESUS AT GEORGETOWN

Catalyst June Issue 2009

When President Barack Obama spoke at Georgetown University in April, the White House requested that all religious symbols and signage that might appear as a backdrop to where the president was to speak be covered up. Georgetown acceded to the request and made sure that the symbol “IHS,” a monogram of the name of Jesus Christ, was not in sight. A... [Read more...]

CONSCIENCE RIGHTS IMPERILED?

Catalyst June Issue 2009

When President Obama selected Dr. Eric Goosby to be the new U.S. global AIDS coordinator and director of the Emergency Plan for AIDS relief, we were a bit concerned. The problem with this selection wasn’t so much Goosby as it was the pressure he would be under to deny conscience rights to those who work for such agencies as Catholic Relief Services.... [Read more...]

DR. LAURA GETS IT WRONG

Catalyst June Issue 2009

On her April 24 radio show, Dr. Laura Schlessinger engaged a caller on the subject of priestly sexual abuse. Dr. Laura said she was “stunned” that the penalties for abuse “were not more severe.” She continued by saying, “So because of that I no longer—you have not heard me in all of these years tell anybody to send their kids to Catholic... [Read more...]

SEX ABUSE IN THE SCHOOLS: GO AFTER PUBLIC SCHOOLS ONLY

Catalyst June Issue 2009

Rev. Anthony Evans, president of the National Black Church Initiative, supports a bill by New York State Assemblywoman Margaret Markey that addresses the sexual abuse of minors. In the April 22 edition of Newsday, he blamed the Catholic Church for opposing it. Evans said, “It is a shame we have to fight against the [Catholic] church in this. It breaks... [Read more...]

AMICUS BRIEF FILED

Catalyst June Issue 2009

The Catholic League has filed an amicus brief in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals case, Association of Christian Schools International, et al. v. Roman Stearns, et al. We are supporting students who are being denied credit by the University of California for high school courses in which religious viewpoints are discussed. Drafted by the American... [Read more...]

ORLANDO FRINGE FESTIVAL BASHES CATHOLICS

Catalyst June Issue 2009

The Catholic League has been criticized for bringing attention to movies like “Angels & Demons” by exposing its anti-Catholic agenda. With that movie, we felt it was important to educate the public about its myths, smears and lies. The record needed to be corrected.  But not every offense is of the same caliber. We determine our approach to... [Read more...]

HATE SPEECH

Catalyst June Issue 2009

Below is a small sample of some of the vitriol that has been directed towards Pope Benedict XVI and the Catholic Church over the past few months. All comments appear in their original form: Irene Monroe, Huffington Post, April 1: “But when you have a pope more invested in doctrinal debates than personal suffering, and more invested in exerting... [Read more...]

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