CONFRONTING OUR FOES; TIDE IS TURNING

Catalyst May Issue 2011, Front Page

The attacks on the Catholic Church are running at a fever pitch this spring, but so is our resolve: we are confronting the foes of Catholicism head-on, scoring impressive results. Our full-page ad in the New York Times on April 11, which also ran in the April 17 edition of the Chicago Tribune, elicited a tremendous response. While we are not here to... [Read more...]

LADY GAGA FLOPS

Catalyst May Issue 2011, Front Page

To demonstrate that it is not just the United States that is celebrity-crazy, consider that a quick telephone interview with Bill Donohue by a reporter for Hollywood Life resulted in his comments being posted all over the world. The subject? Lady Gaga. Lady Gaga, a pop-star with a strange following, released her “Judas” video in April where she... [Read more...]

STRAIGHT TALK ABOUT THE CATHOLIC CHURCH

Catalyst May Issue 2011, From The President's Desk

In place of the usual “President’s Desk” article on this page, and the review/essay section on pp. 8-9, we are instead running the Catholic League advertisement that I wrote which appeared in the April 11 edition of The New York Times. The same ad ran in the April 17 edition of the Chicago Tribune. This is an important statement, and it is one... [Read more...]

ANOTHER BOGUS VATICAN LAWSUIT

Catalyst May Issue 2011

In April, the notorious anti-Catholic lawyer Jeffrey Anderson brought another lawsuit against the Vatican. Anderson has tried several times to sue the Vatican over alleged abuse cases that date back decades. He has never won. Nor will he win this time. That’s because his charges are bogus. Anderson accused Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, now the pope,... [Read more...]

VATICAN AND U.S. DIFFER ON GAY RIGHTS

Catalyst May Issue 2011

In Geneva, representatives from the Holy See and the U.S. recently differed on the need for a declaration protecting homosexual rights. The Obama administration introduced a declaration that pledged to end discrimination against homosexuals around the world. But a Vatican spokesman  noted that the language of the statement is problematic. In December... [Read more...]

CATHOLIC VIEWS ON GAY MARRIAGE

Catalyst May Issue 2011

Do Catholics support homosexual marriage? According to the Public Religion Research Institute’s recent study, it depends on how Catholic they are. Those who attend Mass a few times a year think it’s fine (59 percent); those who attend once or twice a month are mostly opposed (43 percent support it); and those who attend weekly or more are not fans... [Read more...]

NEW DATA ON CLERGY ABUSE

Catalyst May Issue 2011

On the same day we ran our New York Times ad, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops released its 2010 Annual Report on clergy sexual abuse. In 2009, there were six credible accusations made against over 40,000 priests during that year; in 2010, the number was seven. As usual, most of the accused are homosexuals: 83 percent of the alleged... [Read more...]

SPINNING THE ABUSE REPORT

Catalyst May Issue 2011

Following the report on clergy sex abuse in 2010, the reaction from the media was varied. “New Sex Abuse Allegations Down Slightly in 2010” was the main headline in the Catholic News Service (CNS) story, but the National Catholic Reporter wasn’t happy with this positive connotation. Ergo, it ran the CNS story under the banner, “505 Sex Abuse... [Read more...]

NEWS FLASH: PRIESTS HAVE RIGHTS

Catalyst May Issue 2011

The rights of priests have been under siege for some time now and recently the attacks against them reached a fever pitch. In a vicious editorial, the Seattle Times said that 37 priests in the Philadelphia archdiocese have been allowed to continue in ministry despite a finding of sexual misconduct by a grand jury. But the grand jury did not find anyone... [Read more...]

PHILLY ARCHDIOCESE BLAMED FOR SUICIDE

Catalyst May Issue 2011

In 1980, Daniel Neill complained that Rev. Joseph J. Gallagher fondled him when he was an altar boy at St. Mark’s in Bristol, Pennsylvania. His accusation was not deemed credible by the principal of the school, and so the case was dismissed. Moreover, the boy’s parents did not sue the school. Fast forward to 2007. Neill, knowing that a grand jury... [Read more...]

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