PELOSI ON KIDS: THEY’RE AN ECONOMIC DRAIN

Catalyst March Issue 2009

In a January interview with George Stephanopoulos, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said that spending hundreds of millions of dollars on family planning services would stimulate the economy. Pelosi said, “Contraception will reduce costs to the states and to the federal government.” The week before Pelosi gave her interview, President Barack Obama lifted... [Read more...]

INAUGURAL POLITICS

Catalyst March Issue 2009

Leading up to the inauguration of President Barack Obama, several atheist organizations, including the Freedom From Religion Foundation, sought a preliminary injunction to prevent the saying of prayers and the use of the phrase “so help me God” at the end of the oath of office. On January 15, U.S. District Court Judge Reggie Walton denied the request,... [Read more...]

PRO-LIFERS ENERGIZED

Catalyst March Issue 2009

Anticipating the greatest push for abortion rights our nation has ever seen, the pro-life community has sounded the alarms. On January 21, one day after the inauguration of Barack Obama, and one day before the March for Life, Cardinal Regali summoned pro-life leaders across the U.S. to attend a Mass and a reception at Washington’s Trinity College.... [Read more...]

GAYS VANDALIZE SAN FRANCISCO CHURCH

Catalyst March Issue 2009

Opponents of Proposition 8 vandalized Most Holy Redeemer Catholic Church, in the heart of San Francisco’s gay Castro community, during the first weekend of the year; the California resolution passed by voters last November rejected the legalization of gay marriage. Swastikas were painted on the church and the names Ratzinger (referring to Pope Benedict... [Read more...]

HOUDINI LAWYER SHADOWS CARDINAL MAHONY

Catalyst March Issue 2009

U.S. Attorney Thomas P. O’Brien has launched a federal grand jury investigation against the Los Angeles Archdiocese claiming it violated the federal “honest services” fraud law when dealing with clergy abuse. In 2007, Los Angeles Archbishop Roger M. Mahony reached a settlement with alleged victims of priestly misconduct, thinking the issue was... [Read more...]

POSITIVE FALLOUT FROM PONZI SCHEME

Catalyst March Issue 2009

Bernard Madoff, who allegedly fleeced countless numbers of persons and organizations, was also a generous supporter of the abortion rights industry, managing the assets of groups like the Picower Foundation. The now-defunct foundation funded the organizations that handled the vast majority of abortion rights litigation in the United States. The good... [Read more...]

CLUB APOLOGIZES FOR DESECRATIONS

Catalyst March Issue 2009

The College Republicans at George Washington University stored crosses that were used at a pro-life event in their office that is shared with the school’s College Democrats. When they recently returned to their office, they found that a number of crosses had been desecrated. One cross had a penis drawn on it and was covered with a condom; it was hung... [Read more...]

THE POLITICS OF “JEOPARDY”

Catalyst March Issue 2009

In a recent edition of the game show “Jeopardy,” the following comment was featured: “He denounces materialism from the balcony of a marble, gold-domed building…while wearing a giant gold cross.” The question for the contestants was, “Who is the pope?” We never knew that “Jeopardy” had a political side. But now that we know, we’d... [Read more...]

“30 ROCK’s” JABS

Catalyst March Issue 2009

The February 12 episode of the NBC show, “30 Rock,” threw a few jabs at Catholics. Many of the familiar stereotypes were there: a church full of pregnant women, the alleged silliness of the confessional, questions regarding priestly celibacy, judgmental authority figures, etc. What was new was the decision to focus on Latino Catholics. We can probably... [Read more...]

BLACK JESUS NOT AN ISSUE

Catalyst March Issue 2009

News reports about the upcoming movie, “Bruno” (featuring Sacha Baron Cohen of “Borat” fame), say there is a black model called Jesus who wears a loincloth and a crown of thorns. Some media pundits are saying this is sure to offend Christians. In many African American neighborhoods there are Catholic and Protestant churches that display statues... [Read more...]

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