BATTLES RAGE ON BOTH COASTS; CULTURAL ELITES EXPLODE

Catalyst November Issue 2012, Front Page

In the matter of just a few days, the cultural elites on both coasts suppressed the speech of the Catholic League. First it was the New York artistic community that reacted with intolerance; then the Hollywood community got in the game. In both instances, the elites started by bashing Catholicism, and then resorted to censorship when we challenged them.... [Read more...]

DONOHUE JOINS BECK

Catalyst November Issue 2012, Front Page

On Election Day, Bill Donohue will appear on set with Glenn Beck in Dallas to discuss developments in the presidential election. Donohue will join Beck between 6:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. ET on his new station, TheBlaze TV (it is available on DISH network and by online subscription). Because the discussion will occur while the polls are open throughout... [Read more...]

MASTERS OF INTOLERANCE

Catalyst November Issue 2012, From The President's Desk

FROM THE PRESIDENT’S DESK  William A. Donohue Why is it that the same people who boast of their open-mindedness tend to be the most close-minded of all? Do they not see how utterly hypocritical they are? My experience with those who work in places where liberals dominate—the artistic community, Hollywood, the media, education, and publishing—lead... [Read more...]

RYAN, BIDEN, AND THE BISHOPS

Catalyst November Issue 2012, Essay

The following article is adapted from Bill Donohue’s article on this subject that was posted on Newsmax.com on September 26. The conventional wisdom holds that both vice presidential candidates, Rep. Paul Ryan and Vice President Joe Biden, are roughly equal in terms of their Catholic standing: Ryan is good on the life issues, but weak on social justice;... [Read more...]

MORALITY AND MARKETS

Catalyst November Issue 2012, Essay

Fr. Robert Sirico “Freedom rightly understood is not a license to behave like spoiled adolescents but rather the noble birthright of creatures made in the image of God,” says Fr. Robert Sirico in his new book Defending the Free Market: The Moral Case for a Free Economy. “As long as we refuse to sell this birthright for a mess of materialist pottage,... [Read more...]

INVENTING JESUS’ WIFE

Catalyst November Issue 2012

Recently a story broke that Harvard professor Karen King possessed a piece of papyrus that stated that Jesus once remarked, “My wife.” From the very beginning there was an odor of inauthenticity to this claim. The evidence that Jesus had a wife could be ascertained by using a magnifying glass to read a 3.8 x 7.6 centimeter inscription made on a... [Read more...]

MORMON-BAITING

Catalyst November Issue 2012

Deal Hudson, president of the Pennsylvania Catholics Network, was recently cited in a U.S. News blog story on the anti-religious antics of Catholics for Obama: calls were being made by the group questioning the religious beliefs of Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney. In a phone message, the group asked prospective Catholics voters, “How can... [Read more...]

PHONY ATTACK ON RYAN’S CATHOLICITY

Catalyst November Issue 2012

In an October op-ed article that ran in the New York Times, Fordham theologian Michael Peppard failed in attacking the Catholicity of Paul Ryan. Pro-abortion Catholics have long sought to equal the playing field with pro-life Catholics by arguing that there really isn’t much of a difference between their side and the other. It has never worked. And... [Read more...]

PHONY PETITION v. BISHOP FINN

Catalyst November Issue 2012

A little more than 100,000 people recently signed a petition demanding that Kansas City-St. Joseph Bishop Robert Finn resign. It was a phony exercise. The petition was found on the website of change.org, home to mostly left-wing activists. Anyone was able sign it—you didn’t have to be Catholic or from Finn’s diocese. For example, almost 7,400... [Read more...]

NEW YORK TIMES’ SELECTIVE OUTRAGE

Catalyst November Issue 2012

Recently a New York Times editorial took a New York City Catholic priest to task for placing a letter written by six former U.S. ambassadors to the Vatican in a church bulletin; the letter offered support for Mitt Romney. It was not the parishioners, however, who sounded the alarms: it was a coalition of George Soros-funded groups and the Times. The... [Read more...]

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