ATTACKS ON POPE GET UNRULY; HYPOCRISY ABOUNDS

Catalyst March Issue 2009, Front Page

The media, Catholic and Jewish critics, and a slew of sources from Germany, teamed up to attack Pope Benedict XVI in a most unruly way over the Holocaust-denying remarks of one bishop who belongs to the St. Pius X Society. The Catholic League responded quickly to the most outrageous remarks. When it was announced that the pope was seeking reconciliation... [Read more...]

FR. NEUHAUS R.I.P.

Catalyst March Issue 2009, Front Page

Father Richard John Neuhaus died on January 8 of cancer. The founder of the immensely influential magazine, First Things, and the author of many books, he was a true public intellectual. When he died, Bill Donohue was quoted as saying, “He was a brilliant and devoted son of the Church who will be sorely missed. Indeed, he is irreplaceable.” Both... [Read more...]

MORAL BASIS OF THE FINANCIAL CRISIS

Catalyst March Issue 2009, From The President's Desk

On December 18, Pope Benedict XVI told 11 new ambassadors to the Vatican that economic development and financial policies must be based on firm ethical grounds. This was not a throw-away statement: the pope has long understood that at the root of contemporary political, economic and social problems is a cultural collapse. Western civilization, to be... [Read more...]

HUMAN RIGHTS STOOD ON ITS HEAD

Catalyst March Issue 2009, Essay

William A. Donohue On January 23, President Barack Obama rescinded the Mexico City Policy that barred federal funds from being used to promote or perform abortions overseas. He was immediately congratulated by every pro-abortion organization in the nation. The next day he won their plaudits again when he said that “It is time that we end the politicization... [Read more...]

JEWISH REACTION TO THE POPE QUESTIONED

Catalyst March Issue 2009

By: Rabbi Irwin Kula Rabbi Kula is president of the National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership. Bill Donohue regards Irwin as a thoughtful and courageous activist, and a good friend. The official Jewish response to Pope Benedict XVI’s recent decision to reach out to the St. Pius X Society and to revoke the excommunication (though not yet determining... [Read more...]

HATE SPEECH DIRECTED AT IRWIN KULA

Catalyst March Issue 2009

Rabbi Irwin Kula’s article triggered a hate-filled reaction. Here is a sample. All comments appear in their original form. “Your article is MOST curious. You, being a ‘man of the cloth’ of the Jewish religion (8th generation rabbi, no less), and having personally lost family members to the Holocaust, should, of ALL people, be expected to be... [Read more...]

OBAMA’S FAITH-BASED PROGRAM TESTS THE FAITHFUL

Catalyst March Issue 2009

On February 5, the Obama administration said that its newly designed Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships will decide on a case by case basis whether a funding request violates the Constitution. Joshua DuBois, who will head this initiative, said, “People on both sides are going to be a little uncomfortable with that.” At issue are... [Read more...]

LINK TV MOCKS CATHOLICISM

Catalyst March Issue 2009

On February 3, Link TV featured a three and a half minute video that mocks Catholicism. The media outlet is available as a basic service in more than 31 million homes that receive direct broadcast satellite TV. The video, “Divine Food,” opens with a priest waking up to a rumbling noise that shakes the religious symbols and statues in his room. He... [Read more...]

DARWIN WAS NO ATHEIST

Catalyst March Issue 2009

Charles Darwin was born 200 years ago in February, and from the noise coming from some quarters, one would believe that he was an atheist. Nonsense. To be sure, he was a self-described agnostic, but he had no use for militant atheists. Consider what he said to Edward Aveling in 1881, a dogmatic atheist: “Why should you be so aggressive? Is anything... [Read more...]

OBAMA FUNDS ABORTION

Catalyst March Issue 2009

On January 23, President Barack Obama overturned restrictions on funding abortions overseas. The Mexico City Policy, which denied federal funding of private organizations that perform and promote abortions, was rescinded by an executive order. Here we have a black president taking money from the taxpayers in a time of economic crisis and giving it to... [Read more...]

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