VOTERS HIGHLY POLARIZED; CATHOLICS ALSO SPLIT

Catalyst October Issue 2012, Front Page

With the November elections almost upon us, all signs show a very polarized electorate. There are many key issues at stake, both at the national level and in the states. Surveys show the Catholic community is just as split as the rest of the country. The Catholic vote is not hard to determine. Practicing Catholics, for whom the life issues are paramount,... [Read more...]

TEXAS CASE DROPPED

Catalyst October Issue 2012, Front Page

In the last edition of Catalyst, we covered the controversial case of a professor under the gun for publishing an allegedly biased article; we also published Bill Donohue’s scathing indictment of the person who lodged the complaint. We are happy to report that there will be no investigation of Professor Mark Regnerus at the University of Texas, Austin. Regnerus... [Read more...]

UNSEEMLY TWINS: OBAMA AND HOLLYWOOD

Catalyst October Issue 2012, From The President's Desk

FROM THE PRESIDENT’S DESK  William A. Donohue On September 11, 2001, around 8:50 a.m., I looked out my 34th floor-window and saw a blazing hole near the top of one of the Twin Towers. I thought some jerk on drugs had flown a small plane into the building, so I quickly went back to typing. Then I heard a member of our staff scream. This time I saw... [Read more...]

OBAMA’S WAR ON RELIGION

Catalyst October Issue 2012, Essay

Bill Donohue In September, Bill Donohue wrote a four-part series that was featured on Newsmax.com. The series focused on the war on religion that has been waged by the administration of President Barack Obama. The series caught the attention of many in the media and is sure to be a topic of discussion in many quarters. Obama’s Secular Mindset The... [Read more...]

SPIRIT LAKE UPDATE

Catalyst October Issue 2012

In the September Catalyst, we ran a front-page story on a physician who was punished for blowing the whistle on child sexual abuse at the Spirit Lake Indian Reservation in North Dakota. Fortunately, Dr. Michael R. Tilus was quickly treated with justice following a Catholic League call for a congressional investigation. Nonetheless, we wanted to know... [Read more...]

“CRUCIFIX MASTURBATION” FILM WINS

Catalyst October Issue 2012

In September, the Venice Film Festival awarded a special jury prize to the film “Paradise: Faith.” The film is part of a trilogy; Strand Releasing has acquired the U.S. rights and plans to release it early next year. One of the hallmarks of cultural charlatans is the propensity to insult Christians, especially Catholics, and then declare their offense... [Read more...]

FX’S ATTACK ON NUNS

Catalyst October Issue 2012

The second season of the FX show, “American Horror Story,” begins October 17; the subtitle of this season’s series is called “Asylum.” What this season is set to unleash could be some of the most vicious anti-Catholic fare we have ever seen. “American Horror Story: Asylum” is the work of Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk. Murphy is another... [Read more...]

ASSESSING BISHOP FINN’S GUILT

Catalyst October Issue 2012

A judge recently found Kansas City-St. Joseph Bishop Robert Finn guilty in a case involving Father Shawn Ratigan. Though the media focused on the guilty verdict, we immediately dispelled the myths surrounding the case. Bishop Finn was not found guilty of a felony: he was found guilty of one misdemeanor, and innocent of another. The case did not involve... [Read more...]

TRYING TO SILENCE BISHOP CORDILEONE

Catalyst October Issue 2012

Recently, Oakland Bishop Salvatore Cordileone was stopped at a DUI checkpoint and was arrested after it was determined that his blood-alcohol level was above the legal limit. He apologized. That wasn’t the end of the story, not because of what happened, but who it happened to. It just so happens that Cordileone holds orthodox Catholic positions on... [Read more...]

FR. GROESCHEL UNDER FIRE

Catalyst October Issue 2012

In a recent interview with the National Catholic Register, Father Benedict Groeschel hypothesized how a young person (14, 16 or 18, as he put it) could conceivably take advantage of a priest who was having a nervous breakdown. He also referred to Jerry Sandusky, the disgraced Penn State football coach, as “this poor guy.” For these remarks, and... [Read more...]

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