MEDIA TAKE AIM AT THE POPE; BIGOTRY EXPLODES

Catalyst May Issue 2010, Front Page

Beginning in March, and extending well into April, the New York Times ran a series of articles seeking to tie Pope Benedict XVI to the priestly sexual abuse scandal. It was quickly joined by other media outlets, the most prominent of which was the Associated Press. The net result was an absolute explosion of anti-Catholic bigotry, the most vicious... [Read more...]

JOHNSEN QUITS

Catalyst May Issue 2010, Front Page

From the time we learned that  Dawn Johnsen was chosen to head the Office of Legal Counsel, we have been on a relentless PR campaign alerting the public, and U.S. senators, to her anti-Catholic record. On April 9, our wish came true: she withdrew her name from nomination. “The Catholic League is delighted that Catholics will not have to contend with... [Read more...]

WHAT INSPIRES FATHER RICK

Catalyst May Issue 2010, From The President's Desk

n last month’s edition of Catalyst, I discussed the heroics of Father Richard Frechette, the priest/physician who has labored among the dispossessed in Haiti for over two decades. Now I want to explain what inspires this extraordinary priest (my comments are gleaned from his book, Haiti: The God of Tough Places, the Lord of Burnt Men, published... [Read more...]

PAPAL WITCH-HUNT

Catalyst May Issue 2010, Essay

Kenneth D. Whitehead Sex abuse is a grave sin in Church teaching and a crime in civil law, and so it was a legitimate subject for media attention. What was unusual in the 2010 Easter season, however, was the way in which Pope Benedict XVI somehow got personally blamed for the new wave of charges. Allegedly, the pope had failed to deal properly with... [Read more...]

THE POPE AND MEDIA BIAS

Catalyst May Issue 2010, Essay

One of the hallmarks of bigotry is the collectivization of guilt. By that measure, much of the criticism against the pope has been nothing if not Catholic bashing. From militant atheists like Christopher Hitchens and Richard Dawkins indicting the Catholic Church as a “child-raping institution,” to newspaper cartoons branding all Catholic clergy... [Read more...]

NEW YORK TIMES OVERREACHES

Catalyst May Issue 2010

Most Catholics, as well as many non-Catholics, were no doubt taken aback when they learned on March 25 that a priest in Wisconsin had molested as many as 200 deaf boys. Not only that, but there were reasons to believe that apparently the pope, Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger at the time, may have known about it and did nothing to secure justice. But it quickly... [Read more...]

“CORPUS CHRISTI” NIXED

Catalyst May Issue 2010

We are pleased to note that after we launched a vigorous protest, Tarleton State University in Texas canceled the gay-Jesus play “Corpus Christi”; it was scheduled to be shown on March 27, on the eve of Palm Sunday. On March 24, we blasted Tarleton State for hosting hate speech against Christians on the eve of Holy Week. Though the play was a class... [Read more...]

HYSTERIA MARKS POPE’S CRITICS

Catalyst May Issue 2010

Seldom have we seen such delirium over an innocent man, namely Pope Benedict XVI. Christopher Hitchens, the rabid atheist, wanted to know why the European Union was allowing the pope to travel freely. Perhaps he wanted the pope handcuffed at the Vatican and brought to the guillotine. Margery Eagan of the Boston Herald, another big fan of the Catholic... [Read more...]

MSNBC APOLOGIZES FOR HIT ON POPE

Catalyst May Issue 2010

On March 30, MSNBC libeled Pope Benedict XVI on it’s website, MSNBC.com. As part of “Related Content” to an article entitled, “Losing Their Religion? Catholicism in Turmoil,” readers were invited to click on a story entitled, “Pope Describes Touching Boys: I Went Too Far.” After clicking on the link, the reader was taken to an article... [Read more...]

APOLOGY ACCEPTED

Catalyst May Issue 2010

On the blog site of a recent edition of the Orange County Register was a series of questions and answers on the subject of sexual abuse. At the top, under the headline question, “Think you can spot the sex offender in the crowd?”, was a silhouette of a priest: faceless, the silhouette was clearly a male wearing a priest’s collar and black jacket.... [Read more...]

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