USAFA VICTORY

Catalyst May Issue 2008, Front Page

Like so many Catholic League victories, this one happened quickly, but it was never clear from the start what the outcome would be. Once again, our relentlessness paid off, and once again we couldn’t have done it without the legions of supporters who bombarded the United States Air Force Academy (USAFA) with their ballistic e-mails. We learned the... [Read more...]

MOST TREAT POPE FAIRLY; SOME CROSS THE LINE

Catalyst May Issue 2008, Front Page

Pope Benedict XVI’s visit to the United States was a huge success. He brought joy to millions of Catholics, as well as non-Catholics, and he won over some of his biggest skeptics. For the most part, he was treated fairly by the media, especially those covering his many events. But some of the commentators got downright ugly. Comedian Bill Maher got... [Read more...]

THE PROFESSORS AND THE POPE

Catalyst May Issue 2008, From The President's Desk

William A. Donohue When Pope Benedict XVI succeeded Pope John Paul II, the Catholic Church was blessed to have two back-to-back intellectuals of the highest order ascend to the throne of Peter. Even though most professors couldn’t compete with John Paul, and most today are no match for Benedict, it from the professoriate that their most vociferous... [Read more...]

IN DEFENSE OF CATHOLIC SEXUAL ETHICS

Catalyst May Issue 2008, Essay

By: Bill Donohue In the mid-1990s, Father Andrew Greeley released a book wherein he argued that “Catholics have sex more often than do other Americans, they are more playful in their sexual relationships, and they seem to enjoy their sexual experiences more.” Was he right? Who knows? One thing is for sure: at least he challenged the conventional... [Read more...]

BIN LADEN LASHES OUT AT POPE

Catalyst May Issue 2008

During Holy Week, several media outlets reported that al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden released a statement that accused Pope Benedict XVI of triggering a “new Crusade” against Muslims. This accusation came amidst the recent republishing of the Danish cartoons that inflamed Muslims in 2006; several Danish newspapers decided to rerun the Danish cartoons... [Read more...]

POPE BASHED FOR BAPTISM

Catalyst May Issue 2008

Days after Pope Benedict XVI baptized a Muslim-born journalist during the Vatican’s Easter Vigil, the pontiff was still being hammered for doing so. Among the seven adults that were baptized during the vigil was Magdi Allam, an outspoken critic of Islamic extremism. Because of Allam’s previous writings and criticisms of his former faith, his conversion... [Read more...]

SILLY SURVEYS GREET THE POPE

Catalyst May Issue 2008

Only a few weeks before Pope Benedict XVI visited the United States, The Journal News, decided to conduct an online survey of non-Catholics. After we were done with them, there is no doubt that they regretted it. The newspaper, which is owned by Gannet and covers the Lower Hudson New York counties of Westchester, Rockland, and Putnam, posted the following... [Read more...]

DISSIDENTS ARE A MOTLEY CREW

Catalyst May Issue 2008

On April 15, just hours before they pope landed in Washington, we issued a news release addressing dissident Catholic groups. We pointed out that these groups are Catholic in name only and that when they speak it only represents the smallest minority of Catholics. Here is how they were planning to welcome the Holy Father: · The National Coalition... [Read more...]

MAHER ATTACKS POPE

Catalyst May Issue 2008

Bill Maher was at it again on the April 11 edition of his show, “Real Time with Bill Maher.” The comedian saw the papal visit as a chance to slam the Church and in particular, an attack on the Holy Father himself. We led the charge against the comedian’s latest assault on the Catholic faith, which ultimately led to his apology. On his “New Rules”... [Read more...]

THE WORDS OF THE HOLY FATHER

Catalyst May Issue 2008

The following are some quotes from Benedict XVI during his visit to the United States: Joint Statement by President Bush and the Holy Father: · The [pope and the president] reaffirmed their total rejection of terrorism as well as the manipulation of religion to justify immoral and violent acts against innocents. They further touched on the need to... [Read more...]

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