PRIEST FILES IN LOS ANGELES MADE PUBLIC

Catalyst November Issue 2005

In October, the confidential priest personnel files of 126 clergymen in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles were made public. It was part of a settlement between the archdiocese and lawyers for alleged victims of priestly sexual abuse; the files date from the 1930s. Here is what Bill Donohue said about this issue in a news release: “There is so much... [Read more...]

SOUNDBITES

Catalyst November Issue 2005

Below are some of the remarks that William Donohue and Kiera McCaffrey made on national television on October 13th: Bill Donohue on NBC’s “Today”: “Back in the ’60s and ’70s, the sexual revolution, that’s when most of it took place—except for the last few years, where all of a sudden, it goes through the roof.... [Read more...]

SETTING FEINSTEIN STRAIGHT

Catalyst November Issue 2005

The lead story in last month’s Catalyst was on the despicable line of questioning that Senator Arlen Specter and Senator Dianne Feinstein engaged in when addressing John Roberts. We ended the story by noting that Feinstein contacted us saying she was innocent of the charges we made against her; we also indicated that we weren’t persuaded. What... [Read more...]

GLAAD ISN’T HAPPY

Catalyst November Issue 2005

After Bill Donohue appeared on the “Today” show on October 13, the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) went bonkers. Its president, Neil G. Giuliano called Donohue’s comments about the role of homosexuals in the sexual abuse scandal “baseless, defamatory [and] calculated to fuel anti-gay sentiment.” He... [Read more...]

RUNNING FROM HIS ROOTS

Catalyst November Issue 2005

Fernando Ferrer is running for Mayor of New York City against the incumbent, Michael Bloomberg. Ferrer is Catholic and Bloomberg is Jewish, but unlike Ferrer, Bloomberg isn’t running away from his roots. Ferrer, who defends abortion-on-demand as much as Bloomberg, recently tried to hide the fact that he’s Catholic. Why? Our guess is he didn’t... [Read more...]

MIERS’ RELIGION COMES UNDER FIRE

Catalyst November Issue 2005

The Catholic League did not take a position on John Roberts as a nominee for the Supreme Court, and we are taking no position on Harriet Miers. Our sole concern is that all nominees are treated fairly with respect to their religious affiliations. When Roberts was attacked for his Catholicism, we struck back at his offenders. We did the same when Miers... [Read more...]

CATHOLICS, MUSLIMS AND JEWS: DISPARATE TREATMENT ON INTERNAL MATTERS

Catalyst November Issue 2005

There is a vast difference between the way our society treats the internal matters of the Catholic Church and the way it treats other religions. For example, what were once regarded as internal matters for Catholics to resolve are now being treated as public matters. So it is that everyone, regardless of religious affiliation, is now opining on the... [Read more...]

RELIGIOUS INTOLERANCE IN EDUCATION

Catalyst November Issue 2005

There is hardly a school left anywhere in the country that isn’t touting the virtues of tolerance and diversity. Unfortunately, when it comes to the subject of religion, these values are often noticeably absent. It would be more accurate to say that intolerance—not tolerance—governs the way many schools behave when matters religious are front... [Read more...]

CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD COMMANDS INTERNATIONAL ATTENTION

Catalyst November Issue 2005

Very Reverend Philip Eichner is the chairman of the board of directors of the Catholic League, and he is also the president of Kellenberg Memorial High School in Uniondale, Long Island. He, and the school’s principal, Brother Kenneth Hoagland, made a decision recently that caught the attention of the media worldwide: they decided to cancel the... [Read more...]

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