BILL TARGETS CHURCH VANDALS

Catalyst March Issue 2006

On February 10, New York State Senator Jeffrey D. Klein introduced legislation that would sharply increase the penalties for vandalizing a house of worship. The bill also covers the destruction or theft of religious symbols that occur on such grounds. We supported the legislation and released the following statement to the press: “Every year,... [Read more...]

SCHOOL CHOICE: MIXED RESULTS IN FLORIDA AND NEW YORK

Catalyst March Issue 2006

January was a crucial month for those interested in the subject of school choice. Our side fared poorly in Florida, but showed promise in New York. The difference between the two was evident: in Florida, the courts rendered the decision, and in New York, the Attorney General and presumptive candidate for governor, Eliot Spitzer, announced his position. Since... [Read more...]

DEMOCRATS, CATHOLICS AND ABORTION

Catalyst March Issue 2006

The anniversary of Roe v. Wade provides us an opportunity to make a public comment on the subject of abortion. This year we decided to focus on the Democrats. Here is what we said: “Now that we’re on the eve of the 33rd anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the time is apropos to investigate whether the Democratic Party is (a) making an effort... [Read more...]

PELOSI DEFINES “PEOPLE OF FAITH”

On January 26, at the National Press Club in Washington, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi made some comments on President Bush’s agenda, and in doing so she touched on the subject of values and religion. Referring to Democrats, Pelosi said that the “best way…for us to speak to people of faith is in terms of the work we do; in terms of... [Read more...]

VETERAN PRIEST OFFERS COGENT ADVICE

Catalyst March Issue 2006

by Msgr. Desmond P. Dillon Editor’s note: The following article offers many sensible recommendations from a priest who has witnessed many changes in the Church. On reaching my 91st birthday January 31, 2006 and my 65th year of priesthood this coming May 22, 2006, I must say that these are in a way the happiest days of my life. As I watch my sunset,... [Read more...]

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