PAPAL U.K. TRIP TOUCHES NERVE; RESPONSES VARY WILDLY

Catalyst October Issue 2010, Front Page

The consensus was that Pope Benedict XVI scored mightily in impressing the British. Judging from the size of the crowds that turned out to greet him, September 16-19, as well as the intensity of the response, it was clear that he won over not only Catholics, but even many of his former critics. The protesters were there, but they did not win the day.... [Read more...]

RALLY SUCCEEDS

Catalyst October Issue 2010, Front Page

The Mother Teresa rally proved to be a success on many fronts. Held on August 26, to mark her centenary, the rally drew over 3,000 persons. We know this because the police estimated that the area cordoned off for the participants holds 6,500, and we filled more than half the area. And this doesn’t count the large numbers who watched from the sidewalks... [Read more...]

GROUND ZERO MOSQUE IS MORALLY WRONG

Catalyst October Issue 2010, From The President's Desk

FROM THE PRESIDENT’S DESK William Donohue As president of the nation’s largest Catholic civil rights organization, and as a strong advocate of religious liberty, I am instinctively pulled towards support for building a mosque near Ground Zero. But I am also a veteran of the United States Air Force, as well as a first-hand witness to the destruction... [Read more...]

POPE’S CRITICS GO BALLISTIC

Catalyst October Issue 2010

Since Pope Benedict XVI announced that he would visit the United Kingdom in September, his critics have gone ballistic. The following is a sample of some of the commentary leading up to his visit. All comments appear in their original form: The Independent, 4/2/2010: “The Pope, to put it baldly, is now too embattled and too damaged by the worldwide... [Read more...]

BURNING KORAN IS DEADLY WRONG

Catalyst October Issue 2010

Leading up to September 11, the media was buzzing about a Florida pastor that was planning on burning a copy of the Koran on the ninth anniversary of the terrorist attacks. When we heard what his plans were, we fully condemned them. Minister Terry Jones wanted to show his anger at radical Muslims by burning a copy of the Koran but he was wrong morally,... [Read more...]

SPINMEISTERS TOY WITH RELIGION

Catalyst October Issue 2010

On September 8, there were several attempts to spin the truth about religion in various news reports: · “The Holocaust is nothing but a superstition,” opined another one of the Grand Ayatollahs from Iran, proving once again that education is no cure for evil. · The Grand Narcissist, Stephen Hawking, strained to tell us in his new book that he... [Read more...]

PHONY ATHEISTS

Catalyst October Issue 2010

Every time a Christian group seeks a public expression of religion, it is challenged by atheist organizations like American Atheists and the Freedom from Religion Foundation. Yet when it came to the Hartford City Council inviting an imam to open their meeting with a prayer, American Atheists said nothing (even though we contacted them to see what they... [Read more...]

LOUIS C.K. CAN’T GIVE IT UP

Catalyst October Issue 2010

At the end of August, repeat Catholic offender Louis C.K. bashed the Catholic Church on an episode of his FX show “Louie.” When we got word that Louis C.K. was at it again, we had to watch the show. It was painful. But was it anti-Catholic? Sure. That was the point of it. After all, the purpose of the episode was to convince elementary school kids... [Read more...]

SELECTIVE OUTRAGE OVER WOMEN’S ORDINATION

Catalyst October Issue 2010

Every now and then the media go into a spasm about one or another Catholic teaching they object to, and their latest outrage has been fixated on women’s ordination. They do not object that Orthodox Jews do not ordain women. They do not object that Islam has no role for female clergy. They only get upset when the Catholic Church doesn’t do what they... [Read more...]

IS SONIA CATHOLIC?

Catalyst October Issue 2010

When John Roberts was picked to be the fourth Catholic on the U.S. Supreme Court, Catholic bashers went nuts. Ditto for when Samuel Alito was nominated to be the fifth Catholic. Yet they were silent when Sonia Sotomayor was chosen to be the sixth Catholic. Is that because she was considered reliably liberal, and therefore not really Catholic? It certainly... [Read more...]

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