MOTHER TERESA HONOR DENIED; PETITION DRIVE BEGINS

Catalyst June Issue 2010, Front Page

The Catholic League has begun a worldwide campaign protesting a decision by officials from the Empire State Building to deny Mother Teresa the same honor it has extended to virtually every world leader, event or holiday, namely, to shine the colors associated with the honoree from its tower on a designated night. On August 26, the U.S. Postal Service... [Read more...]

MOCK JESUS SHOW?

Catalyst June Issue 2010, Front Page

Comedy Central is weighing the possibility of offering a new animated show, “JC.” All we know about “JC” is that it will be a half-hour show about Christ seeking to live a normal life in New York outside the reach of his “powerful but apathetic father.” But we know much more about who is doing this. These are the same executives who delight... [Read more...]

CULTURAL TOXINS

Catalyst June Issue 2010, From The President's Desk

There are times when it would be great to be a fly on the wall, listening to how an unseemly discussion unfolds. I felt this way recently when I learned that Mother Teresa was being denied the opportunity of being honored with her colors shining brightly atop the Empire State Building. It would have been quite a moment hearing all the reasons why they... [Read more...]

MEDIA FEED BIGOTRY

Catalyst June Issue 2010, Essay

Bill Donohue Young people get bits of information from the Internet; urbanites pick up free newspapers stuffed with short stories; others rely on snippets of news from radio or TV; millions depend on wire service stories in their hometown newspapers; and a slim minority are able to access in-depth articles in newspapers and magazines. So when any person... [Read more...]

NEW YORK TIMES MARKS POPE’S ANNIVERSARY

Catalyst June Issue 2010

On the 5th anniversary of Pope Benedict XVI’s election, the New York Times ran an article, which was remarkable even by the Times’ standards. Readers of the article learned that the sexual abuse scandal is “growing” and is “quickly defining his papacy.” Furthermore, the article contends that the pope has “alienated Muslims, Jews, Anglicans... [Read more...]

EUGENE ROBINSON HAS HIS FACTS WRONG

Catalyst June Issue 2010

Eugene Robinson, an editorial page writer for the Washington Post, recently wrote that “practically every day, there are new revelations of pedophile priests having been transferred to other parishes rather than being defrocked and reported to authorities.” A statement that was factually wrong. It would have been more accurate to say that every... [Read more...]

NOT ALL GAY SEX IS ABUSIVE

Catalyst June Issue 2010

Recently Bill Donohue commented on a story in the April 23 New York Times about a case of alleged sexual abuse committed by a Chilean priest: “If a 17-year old guy has sex with an older guy for twenty years, and continues to have sex with him at the age of 38—while he is married with children—is there anyone who would believe his claim that... [Read more...]

NEW YORK TIMES PROTECTS WEAKLAND

Catalyst June Issue 2010

Clark Hoyt, the public editor of the New York Times, recently ran a piece that sought to defend the paper against Catholics unhappy with recent coverage of the pope. In particular, he defended Laurie Goodstein’s story on Fr. Lawrence Murphy. Hoyt wrote, “In 1996, more than 20 years after Murphy moved away, the archbishop of Milwaukee, Rembert Weakland,... [Read more...]

NEW YORK TIMES PRINTS BOGUS OP-ED

Catalyst June Issue 2010

In a recent op-ed article in the New York Times, Harvard law professor Lawrence Lessig said the Catholic Church failed to protect children “for hundreds of years,” yet offered no evidence to support his outrageous claim. Most of the abuse, which involved post-pubescent males, occurred between the mid-60s and the mid-80s. Moreover, for him to say... [Read more...]

NEW YORK TIMES FINDS MORE GAY ABUSERS

Catalyst June Issue 2010

The New York Times loves to dig up old stories to make the Catholic Church look bad, but sometimes it unwittingly provides useful information. Consider the Austrian case it recently detailed. In 1995, a journalist broke a story about alleged sexual abuse by Cardinal Hans Hermann Groër of Vienna. Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger, who was not formally in... [Read more...]

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