RAHM EMANUEL DISSES PUBLIC SCHOOLS

Catalyst September Issue 2011

Every honest person knows how truly inferior most urban public schools are. Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel knows this as well as anyone, which is why he decided to send his kids to a private school this fall. Not just any private school—the most prestigious, expensive school he could find—the University of Chicago Lab Schools. He is in good company.... [Read more...]

MEDIA IGNORE CHILD SEX ABUSE

Catalyst September Issue 2011

In August, there was a day-long symposium in Baltimore held by practitioners in the field of mental health who made the case that society unfairly stigmatizes “Minor-Attracted Persons,” a.k.a. adults who are sexually attracted to kids. Run by a non-profit group, B4U-ACT, psychiatrists and others from places like Johns Hopkins, Harvard and the London... [Read more...]

TIME SMEARS ENTIRE CATHOLIC CHURCH

Catalyst September Issue 2011

“Having Standard & Poor’s downgrade the creditworthiness of the U.S., and warn the country about further downgrades, is a little like having the Catholic Church lecture Scout leaders on the proper behavior toward boys.” The above quote was the first sentence in an article recently published online at the Curious Capitalist blog by Bill Saporito,... [Read more...]

ABERCROMBIE & FITCH’S RELIGION PROBLEM

Catalyst September Issue 2011

A young Muslim woman recently sued Abercrombie & Fitch after she was fired for violating the clothier’s “look policy,” which the company interpreted as not permitting Muslim headscarfs. As a private company, Abercrombie & Fitch has a legal right to determine its own policies. But from a moral perspective, what it did to this woman is a... [Read more...]

BID TO NAIL HOLY SEE FLOUNDERS

Catalyst September Issue 2011

The Vatican released documents on August 17 showing that the Holy See never had any knowledge that a priest allegedly molested a young man in Oregon in 1965. The case, Doe v. Holy See, involves the late Rev. Andrew Ronan, a Servite priest, who was moved from Ireland to Chicago to Portland, Oregon; the specific lawsuit relates to what allegedly happened... [Read more...]

“BLUE BLOODS” RETURNS

Catalyst September Issue 2011

One of the few TV shows on the broadcast networks to treat Catholicism fairly is the CBS hit, “Blue Bloods,” starring Tom Selleck. Set in New York City, the show depicts how an Irish family deals with various law enforcement issues. The family-oriented program often casts a good light on Catholicism, and is fortunately returning for a second season... [Read more...]

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