“COMMON GROUND” SHOWDOWN

Catalyst September Issue 2009

On July 24, Rep. Mike Pence introduced an amendment to the Labor-HHS appropriations bill that would bar Title X money to Planned Parenthood; it lost, mostly along party lines, as Democrats worked to defeat it. This was a defining moment. All the chatter about “common ground” on abortion proved to be a joke. While Title X does not provide funding... [Read more...]

PENN & TELLER MUST GO

Catalyst September Issue 2009

On August 17, the Catholic League took out a large ad in Variety magazine titled, THIS IS THE FINAL STRAW: SHOWTIME SHOULD NOT RENEW PENN & TELLER. The ad was written in response to the August 27 episode, the season’s finale, attacking the Vatican. Though when we went to press we had not seen the show, we learned enough about it from Penn Jillette,... [Read more...]

EEOC-CHARLOTTE UNDER SCRUTINY

Catalyst September Issue 2009

When we found out that the Equal Opportunity (EEOC) District Office in Charlotte, North Carolina reopened a case regarding Belmont Abbey College—a Catholic institution—we knew something smelled funny. On August 12 Bill Donohue wrote the following letter to Reuben Daniels Jr., director of the EEOC-Charlotte: “Dr. William Thierfelder, president... [Read more...]

“CHOICE” FOR D.C. MOMS: ABORT OR ENROLL IN P.S. 109

Catalyst September Issue 2009

Following the lead of President Barack Obama, the House of Representatives passed a bill on July 16, that would allow the District of Columbia to fund abortions. Also following the president’s wishes, the same bill affirmed the earlier congressional decision to end school vouchers there. Something doesn’t add up. On the same night that the bill... [Read more...]

CRITICS LOVE VAMPIRE PRIEST FILM

Catalyst September Issue 2009

When the movie “Thirst” opened in select theaters on July 31, we couldn’t help but notice how this film won the praise of the critics. The movie, the work of a Korean ex-Catholic, Park Chan-wook, is about a Roman Catholic priest turned vampire. It is strewn with blood and gore, but none of that stopped the critics from loving it. The Los Angeles... [Read more...]

NEW YORK TIMES FEATURES McCOURT INSULT

Catalyst September Issue 2009

In the July 20 edition of the New York Times, there was a lengthy article about the death of Irish author, Frank McCourt. As a sidebar, there was also a short excerpt from McCourt’s book, Angela’s Ashes, about his recollection of his First Communion. Part of what the Times selected reads as follows: “Then he [the priest] placed on my tongue... [Read more...]

THE NEW YORKER LOWERS THE BAR

Catalyst September Issue 2009

The July 20 issue of The New Yorker featured an article by Paul Rudnick, “Fun with Nuns,” explaining how he initially developed the movie, “Sister Act.” It also showcased his hatred of nuns. We asked why a supposedly highbrow publication like The New Yorker would lower the bar by publishing such trash. We also asked why Rudnick, a self-confessed... [Read more...]

HATE SPEECH AGAINST POPE

Catalyst September Issue 2009

In July, Cathy Lynn Grossman of USA Today wrote an article on Pope Benedict XVI’s call for a God-centered global economy. We thought the pope’s comments would be embraced by every reasonable person, regardless of faith. We were wrong. Here is a sample of the vitriol that was unleashed against the pope in the “Comments” section following Grossman’s... [Read more...]

RIGHTS OF BABY CUT FROM WOMB UNCERTAIN

On July 27, a Massachusetts woman was found mutilated to death: the murderer cut her uterus open and stole the woman’s baby of eight months. We were curious as to what the pro-abortion community would say to the woman’s family who wanted the baby back. We also wondered if this child would be covered under the universal health care bills being considered.... [Read more...]

TONY ALAMO, VETERAN BIGOT, GOING TO PRISON

Catalyst September Issue 2009

When Evangelist Tony Alamo was convicted on all counts of transporting minors across state lines for sex, we were delighted to hear the news. Tony Alamo Christian Ministries Worldwide was the name of his organization, and “World Pastor” was his name. Finally this child-abusing, tax dodging, viciously anti-Catholic bigot is being put away for good.... [Read more...]

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