CAMPAIGN TO DISCREDIT POPE; ATTACKS ON HOLY FATHER MOUNT

Catalyst May Issue 2009, Front Page

Over the past few months, it has become increasingly evident that a large-scale campaign against Pope Benedict XVI is being waged by his critics. The issues that his adversaries have seized upon include his relations with Muslims and Jews, and his opposition to embryonic stem cell research, abortion and gay marriage. The latest firestorm occurred when... [Read more...]

“DEMONS” DOUBLESPEAK

Catalyst May Issue 2009, Front Page

“Angels & Demons” opens May 15 and promises to be yet another hit job on the Catholic Church. Just as bad, those responsible for the film are engaging in doublespeak. In a TV promo for the film, Tom Hanks, who plays Harvard professor Robert Langdon, discusses “the 400 year myth of the Illuminati”; he says they “have come for their revenge”... [Read more...]

CATHOLIC LEFT HAS LOST ITS MOORINGS

Catalyst May Issue 2009, From The President's Desk

Throughout American history, there has been an uneasy relationship between those on the left side of the political spectrum who are religious,  and those who are secular. It has been obvious that the two groups share the same politics, but just as obvious has been their point of departure—the origin of their values is quite different. This may now... [Read more...]

POLITICS OF SEX ABUSE IN NEW YORK

Catalyst May Issue 2009

In an outrageous series of events in New York State involving unscrupulous lawyers, victims’ advocacy groups, lawmakers and journalists, the Catholic Church has been unfairly portrayed as standing in the way of justice for those who have been sexually abused by members of the Catholic clergy, religious and laity. Before discussing the way the truth... [Read more...]

CONSCIENCE RIGHTS DEFEATED

Catalyst May Issue 2009

In April an amendment that would have protected conscience rights of healthcare providers was defeated in the U.S. Senate. The amendment was proposed in light of the Obama administration’s plans to rescind the rule, which was issued in December by the department of health and human services (HHS), that protects the right of healthcare workers at federally... [Read more...]

TROUBLING OBAMA APPOINTEES

Catalyst May Issue 2009

With the nomination of Dawn Johnsen to be assistant attorney general in charge of the Office of Legal Counsel and the appointment of Harry Knox to serve on the Advisory Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships, President Obama showed that his administration has no problem appointing anti-Catholics. As past staff counsel for the ACLU and... [Read more...]

ANTI-POPE HATE SPEECH

The following comments were found on the websites of Democratic Underground, Queerty, Towleroad, the Human Rights Campaign and the Washington Post/Newsweek blog, “On Faith.” All comments appear in their original form. We are highlighting the first entry (it is an excerpt) because it was written by author Susan Jacoby, an embittered atheist and... [Read more...]

NOTRE DAME FURY

Catalyst May Issue 2009

On May 17, President Barack Obama is scheduled to give the Commencement address at the University of Notre Dame and receive an honorary doctor of laws degree. It has set off a fury that extends way beyond the campus. Because the Obama-Notre Dame controversy is not an issue that deals with anti-Catholicism, we initially decided not to comment on it.... [Read more...]

SEBELIUS-TILLER CONNECTION IS SICK

Catalyst May Issue 2009

The Associated Press recently reported that in reviewed documents, President Obama’s choice to head the department of health and human services, Kansas Governor Kathleen Sebelius, received three times as much money from late-term abortionist Dr. George Tiller than she previously acknowledged. Tiller’s name is synonymous with death. By his own admission,... [Read more...]

NEW YORK GOV. FORCE FEEDS GAY MARRIAGE

On April 16, New York Governor David Paterson introduced a bill legalizing gay marriage. We quickly noted that in a recent Quinnipiac poll, New Yorkers rejected gay marriage by a margin of 59-41 percent. So why is Paterson trying to force-feed legislation the people don’t want? If two guys can get married, on what principle can the state deny three... [Read more...]

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