BIGOTED MINISTER REBUKED; GOV. PERRY BREAKS TIES

Catalyst November Issue 2011, Front Page

On October 8, Republican presidential candidate Gov. Rick Perry spoke at the Values Voter Summit, a conference sponsored by Tony Perkins’ Family Research Council; there was an array of mostly evangelical speakers. Introducing him was Rev. Robert Jeffress, a Dallas pastor. Following the event, Jeffress made anti-Mormon comments. Then it was revealed... [Read more...]

SUPER BOWL FIASCO?

Catalyst November Issue 2011, Front Page

When we learned that the NFL was weighing a decision to invite pop singer Madonna to perform at the 2012 Super Bowl, Bill Donohue pressed officials to drop the idea. In 2004, the NFL invited ‘N Sync’s JC Chasez to sing during halftime of the Pro Bowl game. When Chasez said he was going to sing his latest single, “Some Girls (Dance with Women),”... [Read more...]

RELIGIOUS LIBERTY IN THE CROSSHAIRS

Catalyst November Issue 2011, From The President's Desk

FROM THE PRESIDENT’S DESK  William Donohue “We have been in the throes of the culture war for the past half-century, but never has it been more imperative to buckle your seat belts until now. Quite frankly, the culture war is about to explode.” I wrote those words in Catalyst after Barack Obama won the 2008 presidential election. My predications... [Read more...]

ROLLING STONE GETS UGLY: VILE HIT ON PHILLY ARCHDIOCESE

Catalyst November Issue 2011, Essay

The following article was written by Bill Donohue in response to a recent attack on the Catholic Church published in Rolling Stone magazine: The sexual abuse scandal in the Catholic Church provides grist for the mill to those who harbor an animus against it, so a certain amount of cheap shots are to be expected. But what was printed in the September... [Read more...]

RELIGIOUS RIGHTS THREATENED

Catalyst November Issue 2011

Catholics have been mobilized in great numbers to respond to imminent threats to religious liberty. The threats come mainly from government, with the Obama administration leading the way. The president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), New York Archbishop Timothy Dolan, announced in October the establishment of the Ad Hoc... [Read more...]

OBAMA v. RELIGION

Catalyst November Issue 2011

In October, the U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments on a case that involves the “ministerial exception,” a provision that bars the government from making employment decisions regarding a church’s ministers. The position articulated by Leondra R. Kruger, who represented the Obama administration, was the subject of a revealing series of exchanges... [Read more...]

“HANDCUFF THE POPE!”

Catalyst November Issue 2011

Recently David Clohessy, national director of the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP), gave an interview with Time magazine. What he said was quite revealing. Clohessy explained that it is SNAP’s goal to jail the pope: “We’re not naïve. We don’t think the Pope will be hauled off in handcuffs next week or next month. But by the... [Read more...]

COVERAGE OF THE POPE VARIES WIDELY

Catalyst November Issue 2011

During Pope Benedict XVI’s recent trip to Germany, we took a look at how two different newspapers covered the story. Perhaps the two most premier newspapers in the U.S. and Germany are the New York Times and Der Spiegel, respectively. During the first day of the pope’s trip, the Times’ story focused on the pope’s protesters, mentioning such... [Read more...]

RASH OF OLD ACCUSATIONS SURFACE

Catalyst November Issue 2011

On the last day of September, we pointed out the accusations that were made against priests in that month alone: • A 34-year-old man said he was abused in the 1980s by a priest from Portland, Oregon. • In the same diocese, a 41-year-old woman said she was also abused in the 1980s, adding that this explains her series of failed romantic relationships. •... [Read more...]

ANTI-CATHOLICS BASH THE BISHOPS

Catalyst November Issue 2011

Several organizations, led by the anti-Catholic group, Catholics for Choice, recently joined hands and sent a letter to Kathleen Sebelius, the Secretary of Health and Human Services regarding the coverage of contraception and sterilization under Obamacare. Catholics for Choice teamed up with other anti-Catholics—many of whom have been excommunicated... [Read more...]

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