CLERGY 9/11 GAG RULE; BLOOMBERG INSULTS FAITHFUL

Catalyst October Issue 2011, Front Page

Last month, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg banned the clergy from speaking at the 9/11 ceremony that commemorated the tenth anniversary of the terrorist attack. In doing so, he angered people of all religions, and not just in New York. The Catholic League was proud to play a key role in leading the opposition. Bloomberg first tried to say that... [Read more...]

SNAP AIMS AT POPE

Catalyst October Issue 2011, Front Page

SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, assisted by the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR), has petitioned the International Criminal Court (ICC) to prosecute Pope Benedict XVI for allegedly covering up “crimes against humanity of rape and other sexual violence committed around the world.” CCR attorney Pam Spees claims that... [Read more...]

LYING ABOUT THE CATHOLIC CHURCH

Catalyst October Issue 2011, From The President's Desk

FROM THE PRESIDENT’S DESK  William Donohue When someone gives the wrong information, and he quickly discovers his error, he often says, “Sorry about that. I lied. What I meant to say was….” He is wrong. No one can lie unless he knows the truth. Making a mistake of fact is not a lie—it is a mistake. This has to be said because to charge someone... [Read more...]

BLOOMBERG’S 9/11 GAG RULE INSULTS CATHOLICS

Catalyst October Issue 2011

Leading up to the events surrounding the tenth anniversary of 9/11, there was plenty of controversy surrounding New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s handling of the clergy. Indeed, the mayor wouldn’t allow them to speak at the memorial service. In 2010, Mayor Bloomberg sought to justify his support for building a mosque near Ground Zero by recalling... [Read more...]

BLOOMBERG, SIKHS, MUSLIMS AND CATHOLICS

Catalyst October Issue 2011

Mayor Bloomberg recently signed into law the “Workplace Religious Freedom Act,” a bill designed to award new rights to Sikhs and Muslims. But when it came to showing sensitivity to Catholics in regards to the 9/11 ceremonies, the mayor showed nothing but contempt. Until Bloomberg signed the law, employers were required to make “reasonable accommodations”... [Read more...]

BLOOMBERG’S “LIAISON” BACKS 9/11 GAG RULE

Catalyst October Issue 2011

It was nearly impossible to find anyone who supported New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s gag rule censoring the clergy and First Responders from speaking at the 9/11 ceremonies. One exception was a woman who lost her husband in the attacks, and who was identified as a liaison between the mayor and the victims’ families. Her name is Christy Ferer.... [Read more...]

LEFT-WING PROTESTANTS JOIN 9/11 FRAY

Catalyst October Issue 2011

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg received oblique cover from left-wing Protestant leaders for his 9/11 clergy gag rule. While the leaders nominally disagreed with the mayor, they saved their real salvos for those who were critical of Bloomberg. Tim King, the director of communications for the left-wing group, Sojourners, characterized Bloomberg’s... [Read more...]

NYT SPINS 9/11 CLERGY GAG RULE

Catalyst October Issue 2011

It is no secret that the New York Times is the most secular major newspaper in the United States, nor is it a secret that Mayor Bloomberg is a thoroughgoing secularist, so it was hardly surprising that the Times would find a secularist to explain Bloomberg’s 9/11 clergy gag rule. Alan Wolfe is an atheist who directs the Center for Religion and Public... [Read more...]

IRELAND LIES ABOUT THE HOLY SEE

Catalyst October Issue 2011

Over the summer, Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny accused the Holy See of meddling in Irish affairs, citing the recently published Cloyne Report (an Irish government document on priestly sexual abuse in the Diocese of Cloyne) as evidence; he also said that attempts by the Holy See to “frustrate” the Irish inquiry occurred “as little as three... [Read more...]

ARCHBISHOP CHAPUT ALREADY DRAWING FLAK

Catalyst October Issue 2011

On September 8, Archbishop Charles Chaput was installed as the leader of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. Not even a week went by before he began receiving flak from dissidents. On the day of Archbishop Chaput’s installation, Robert Hoatson was protesting the event outside the Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul. The Philadelphia Inquirer ran... [Read more...]

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