MOTHER TERESA STAMP OKAYED; ATHEISTS LAUNCH BOYCOTT

Catalyst March Issue 2010, Front Page

As soon as the U.S. Postal Service announced that it would celebrate the centenary of Mother Teresa’s birthday with a commemorative stamp, it drew fire from atheists. No organization was angrier than the Freedom from Religion Foundation: it called for a boycott of the stamp. The Catholic League joined the fight, assailing the group. Annie Laurie Gaylor... [Read more...]

DONOHUE ON “SIMPSONS”

Catalyst March Issue 2010, Front Page

“The Simpsons’ 20th Anniversary Special” aired on January 10th and drew some 20 million viewers. Here’s how it was flagged by the New Haven Register: “And what a mix of celebs and places it is: John Waters, Sting, the theme-song musicians, Dan Rather, Seth Myers, Mike Judge, Trey Parker and cohort Matt Stone, James L. Brooks (producer and... [Read more...]

BLACKS, JEWS, GAYS AND CATHOLICS

Catalyst March Issue 2010, From The President's Desk

Every demographic group has its Catholic League equivalent, namely a civil rights organization that fights for the rights of its constituents. But we’re different, at least in one respect: we not only defend individuals, we defend an institution. And quite frankly, most of what we do is fight defamation against the institutional Church; we defend... [Read more...]

POLISH VICTIMS OF NAZISM

Catalyst March Issue 2010, Essay

Thaddeus C. Radzilowski The study of the non-Jewish victims of the genocidal and racial policies of the Nazi regime is a comparatively neglected topic. It is complex and at times a controversial issue. To treat them as victims of the Holocaust along with the Jews is to tread into a minefield. Even to compare the Jewish with the gentile experience can... [Read more...]

BISHOPS STAND FAST ON HEALTH CARE

Catalyst March Issue 2010

A day before the State of the Union address, the U.S. bishops released a letter imploring Congress to move forward with health care reform. A plea for the president to do the same was issued by 23 progressive religious leaders. The difference between the letters was striking, and the reaction to the bishops was sharp. The bishops reiterated their call... [Read more...]

TIME IS RIPE FOR CONSCIENCE RIGHTS

Catalyst March Issue 2010

Although the health care bill in the House is better than the one in the Senate on the issue of federal funds for abortion, neither adequately provides protection for the conscience rights of health care workers. It is important to recognize that one of the issues which hurt Martha Coakley in her run for the Massachusetts Senate seat was her adamant... [Read more...]

BOB SHRUM THROWS MUD AT THE BISHOPS

Catalyst March Issue 2010

In a recent article posted on TheWeek.com, Democratic consultant Bob Shrum took a shot at the Catholic bishops. Shrum began the article by bashing Bart Stupak, the congressman whose amendment in the House version of the health care bill bans abortion coverage. Shrum falsely claimed that Stupak’s amendment “prevents Americans from purchasing abortion... [Read more...]

OBAMA RENOMINATES ANTI-CATHOLIC LAWYER

Catalyst March Issue 2010

After Dawn Johnsen’s nomination to head the Justice Department’s Office of Legal Counsel was sent back to the White House at the end of last year, President Obama quickly decided to renominate the anti-Catholic lawyer. Most of Johnsen’s critics have focused on her strong pro-abortion record. While that is disturbing, a pro-abortion president can... [Read more...]

TIME TO CLOSE FAITH-BASED PROGRAMS

Catalyst March Issue 2010

Recently we called on President Obama to shut down the Office of Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships. The goal of the faith-based initiative launched by President George W. Bush was to put an end to the long-standing discriminatory practice of allowing federal monies to be spent on secular social service agencies, but not religious-based programs.... [Read more...]

ALLRED SEEKS TO KILL SUPER BOWL AD

Catalyst March Issue 2010

In the weeks leading up to the Super Bowl, there was no lack of controversy surrounding a pro-life ad featuring college football star Tim Tebow and his mother, Pam. One of the most outspoken opponents of the ad was feminist lawyer Gloria Allred who wrote to CBS attempting to get the network to drop the ad. Gloria Allred is no stranger to the subject... [Read more...]

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