KENTUCKY AND NEW HAMPSHIRE TARGET CONFESSIONAL

Catalyst March Issue 2003, Front Page

Lawmakers in Kentucky and New Hampshire are debating whether to end the priest-penitent privilege as it currently exists in law. Currently, both states respect the confidential nature of the confessional by allowing priests and other clergymen an exemption from mandated reporting laws. But the legislative bodies of Kentucky and New Hampshire may decide... [Read more...]

D.C. JUDGE RIPS CHURCH

Catalyst March Issue 2003, Front Page

On January 30, D.C. Superior Court Judge Mildred M. Edwards convicted three Catholic homosexual activists for unlawful entry and then refused to sentence them. Her decision not to sentence them was based on her expressed sympathy for the activists. The three were arrested on November 12 for an illegal protest they held in a D.C. hotel. They were protesting... [Read more...]

NOT ALL SEXUAL ABUSERS ARE EQUAL

Catalyst March Issue 2003, From The President's Desk

William A. Donohue It was Jesus who said that “whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it would be better for him to have a great millstone fastened around his neck and to be drowned in the depth of the sea.” Nothing nuanced about that. But do Americans believe this to be true? It depends on who the abuser is. Only a small... [Read more...]

Daniel L. Dreisbach’s Thomas Jefferson and the Wall of Separation Between Church and State

Catalyst March Issue 2003, Essay

By Joseph A. P. De Feo Justice Felix Frankfurter wrote, “A phrase begins life as a literary expression; its felicity leads to its lazy repetition; and repetition soon establishes it as a legal formula, undiscriminatingly used to express different and sometimes contradictory ideas.” The foregoing lines represent an apt condensation of Professor Daniel... [Read more...]

BUSH CHAMPIONS RELIGIOUS LIBERTY

Catalyst March Issue 2003

In his State of the Union address, President George W. Bush made the case that religious organizations ought to be allowed to participate in federal efforts aimed at combating drug abuse. Specifically, President Bush proposed that Congress provide vouchers to addicts that could be used to pay for services in any drug treatment center they choose, including... [Read more...]

NARAL WELCOMES DEMOCRATS AND KISSLING

Catalyst March Issue 2003

On January 21, the six Democratic contenders for the presidency appeared at a NARAL Pro-Choice America event celebrating the 30th anniversary of the Supreme Court’s decision in Roe v. Wade. The following day, the actual anniversary date of the abortion ruling, NARAL president Kate Michelman and Planned Parenthood president Gloria Feldt held a press... [Read more...]

JIMMY BRESLIN SEEKS TO MALIGN CATHOLIC LEAGUE

Catalyst March Issue 2003

Outside the New York area, he is not well known. But few New Yorkers don’t know who Jimmy Breslin is. He is generally regarded as New York’s premier saloon journalist; he now writes for Newsday, a Long Island newspaper. He is also roaring mad at the Catholic Church and not just because of the scandal: he’s angry because the Church doesn’t institute... [Read more...]

NY GAY POL PROMOTES CATHOLIC BASHING

Catalyst March Issue 2003

In January, Thomas Duane, a gay state senator from New York, declared that all Catholic priests should be barred from leading a prayer in the legislature. Duane became angry when Albany Bishop Howard Hubbard delivered the legislative session’s opening prayer on January 8. Duane sent a letter to Senate Majority Leader Joseph Bruno demanding that no... [Read more...]

A STUDY IN RELIGIOUS PROFILING

Catalyst March Issue 2003

On February 10, a lawyer with three suits against the Albany Diocese asked the presiding judge to recuse himself because he is a practicing Catholic. Attorney John Aretakis made the request of State Supreme Court Justice Joseph Teresi, but the judge refused. When Aretakis commented that Teresi often goes to weekday Mass and is a “deeply religious... [Read more...]

MUMMERS PARADE DROPS OFFENSIVE SKIT

Catalyst March Issue 2003

The Mummers Parade on New Year’s Day is a Philadelphia tradition. Because of poor weather, this year’s parade was moved to January 4. What made it really unique, though, was the news that this year’s march would include an anti-Catholic skit. But after much protest the offensive skit was dropped. Public complaints were made by the Archdiocese... [Read more...]

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