RALLY DRAWS WIDE SUPPORT; MEDIA COVERAGE IS WORLDWIDE

Catalyst September Issue 2010, Front Page

By the time you read this, the rally on behalf of Mother Teresa will be over, but it is not likely that people will stop talking about it for some time. The Catholic League staff spent a large part of the summer planning this event, and we are ever so happy with the strong backing we have received. Catholics, Protestants, Jews, Hindus and Muslims were... [Read more...]

WITCH HUNT DERAILED

Catalyst September Issue 2010, Front Page

Attorney William McMurry, who sued the Holy See for being complicit in the sexual abuse of his three clients, called it quits in August. He acknowledged that “Virtually every child who was abused and will come forward as an adult has come forward and sued a bishop and collected money, and once that happens, it’s over.” That’s right—once they... [Read more...]

HOMOSEXUALITY AND SEXUAL ABUSE

Catalyst September Issue 2010, From The President's Desk

The conventional wisdom maintains there is a pedophilia crisis in the Catholic Church. Popular as this position is, it is empirically wrong: the data show it has been a homosexual crisis all along. The evidence is not ambiguous, though there is a reluctance to let the data drive the conclusion. But that is a function of politics, not scholarship. Alfred... [Read more...]

OFFENDING THE DONS OF DIVERSITY

Catalyst September Issue 2010, Essay

Bill Donohue The American Association of University Professors (AAUP) established a fine code on academic freedom in 1940. The freedom of professors to express their views must be respected, it insisted, and this certainly applied to religious speech. Its directive to college administrators was plain: “Limitations of academic freedom because of religious... [Read more...]

CATHOLIC PROFESSOR WINS JOB BACK

Catalyst September Issue 2010

Recently, an adjunct professor at the University of Illinois, Ken Howell, has been on a roller coaster ride regarding his employment at the school. Howell, who teaches courses on Catholicism, was fired for explaining in an e-mail that homosexuality violates Catholic natural law teachings. A few weeks later, after being hung out to dry by various organizations... [Read more...]

CAMPUSES SPONSOR GAY THOUGHT CONTROL

Catalyst September Issue 2010

It has been a busy summer for academics seeking to silence dissent on campus. Ken Howell, an adjunct professor at the University of Illinois, was accused of “hate speech” for teaching what the Catholic Church believes about homosexuality; he was fired but was eventually invited back for the fall. Julea Ward, a Christian student at Eastern Michigan... [Read more...]

THE TRAGEDY OF ANNE RICE

Catalyst September Issue 2010

Recently there has been a lot of news about author Anne Rice’s decision to quit Christianity while still professing a belief in Christ. Anne Rice started as a believing Catholic; then she quit the Church; then she rejoined the Church; now she has quit again. All of this is as amusing as it is sad, and would be of no interest to the Catholic League... [Read more...]

JAY LENO CROSSES THE LINE

Catalyst September Issue 2010

Recently, Jay Leno has been on a tear bashing the Catholic Church on the “Tonight Show.” What began in April ran right through the summer and on July 7, Leno said: “Oh, and a Catholic priest in Connecticut has been charged with stealing $1.3 million in church money and using the money for male escorts. Of course, his parish is very upset about... [Read more...]

NEW YORK TIMES ON 9/11: “NOT A RELIGIOUS EVENT”

Catalyst September Issue 2010

In a recent editorial the New York Times said, “The attacks of Sept. 11 were not a religious event. They were mass murder.” The New York Times was half right: the attacks of 9/11 were mass murder, but to say they were not a religious event is delusional. What were they? Celebrations of separation of church and state? The FBI possesses a letter... [Read more...]

WOMEN’S ORDINATION AND THE MEDIA

Catalyst September Issue 2010

For three consecutive days in July, the high-profile media outlets of the New York Times and Time magazine showed their collective brazenness by bashing the Catholic Church on its policy regarding women’s ordination. On July 17, the Church was the subject of a critical editorial in the Times, the following day, columnist Maureen Dowd joined in... [Read more...]

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