DESCENT TO THE GUTTER

Catalyst May Issue 2011

Sexual abuse of minors is unfortunately a social problem that touches virtually every segment of the population where adults and minors interact on a regular basis. Nowhere is this less a problem today than in the Catholic Church: the norms it has adopted have led to a massive reduction in priestly sexual abuse since its peak in the early 1980s. But... [Read more...]

SPIKE IN FALSE CLAIMS

Catalyst May Issue 2011

A week after the bishops’ report on clergy abuse was released, we wondered why there had been virtually no reporting on what may be the most important finding of all: the 42 percent increase in accusations found to be unsubstantiated or false. The number of such claims jumped from 12 percent in 2009 to 17 percent in 2010, the largest, by far, in any... [Read more...]

MACY’S OFFENDS CATHOLICS

Catalyst May Issue 2011

Recently, Macy’s decided to pick a fight with Catholics during the Lenten season. Why they chose to do so is not known, but we wanted to find out. Here’s the background. In early April Showtime began airing a series, “The Borgias,” about a corrupt Spanish family, one of whose members became pope. The series was written by an atheist who hates... [Read more...]

NO ATTEMPT TO KILL “THE BORGIAS”

Catalyst May Issue 2011

Before the premiere of Showtime’s “The Borgias,” we looked at the Catholic reaction to the series and compared it to the reaction of other groups to controversial shows. The Kennedy clan got bent out of shape over the History Channel’s scheduled miniseries, “The Kennedys,” and succeeded in getting it killed, even though $25 million had... [Read more...]

BOYS LIKE “BOOK OF MORMON

Catalyst May Issue 2011

We recently commented on the way critics received the new Broadway musical from Trey Parker and Matt Stone, “The Book of Mormon.” When Parker and Stone die, the obit page should label them as talented yet cowardly artists. After all, as Terry Teachout said in the Wall Street Journal, it takes no guts to bash Mormons on Broadway. Real men would... [Read more...]

SNAP PSYCHIATRIST SENT TO PRISON

Catalyst May Issue 2011

Dr. Steve Taylor, a Louisiana psychiatrist who has worked with the Survivors Network for those Abused by Priests (SNAP), was recently sentenced to two years in prison for possession of child pornography. When this news broke, we had no choice but to respond to it. How many more morally debased psychiatrists have worked or are working with SNAP? Did... [Read more...]

WHAT’S WRONG WITH SEXUAL MISCONDUCT?

Catalyst May Issue 2011

On the front page of the April 14 “Style” section of the New York Times an article was run about Dov Charney, the founder and CEO of American Apparel. What we learned about Charney in the article was shocking, but the reaction from the Times was all too predictable. After reading the article, Bill Donohue had a few questions that he wanted answered:... [Read more...]

SOUTH DAKOTA: MODEL FOR REDUCING ABORTIONS

Catalyst May Issue 2011

For the past few years, the pro-abortion community has inexplicably said they support “abortion reduction” efforts (it is not clear why they would want to reduce the rates of a procedure they say is non-lethal). In any event, they should now be supporting what is going on in South Dakota (somehow, we believe they will side with Planned Parenthood,... [Read more...]

RELIGIOUS REALITY CHECK

Catalyst May Issue 2011

We recently came across five news stories that we just had to address. After going through them, we decided that the time had come for a reality check. Bart Ehrman doesn’t believe in God, which is why he is just the right guy to teach religion at the University of North Carolina. It’s not as though he is uninterested in religion—he likes to study... [Read more...]

LENO BARES THE TRUTH

Catalyst May Issue 2011

We have maintained that the sex abuse scandal in the Church was not due to a pedophilia problem, rather the problem was homosexuality. Even comedians who viciously attack the Catholic Church on this matter know what the truth is. Jay Leno, for instance, has relentlessly attacked all priests as pedophiles, yet even he knows that homosexuality, and not... [Read more...]

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