NETT UPDATE

Catalyst September Issue 2012

We were recently given the opportunity by the Wisconsin Office of Lawyer Regulation to review its report and give any final concerns regarding its investigation of the anti-Catholic statements made by attorney Rebekah Nett; in December 2011 the lawyer and her client made a number of anti-Catholic statements in a Minnesota courtroom. We found the report... [Read more...]

FIGHT FOR RELIGIOUS LIBERTY MOUNTS

Catalyst September Issue 2012

The U.S. bishops made it clear over the summer that the Fortnight for Freedom was hardly the extent of their efforts to challenge the HHS mandate. Daniel Cardinal DiNardo heralded the inclusion of the Abortion Non-Discrimination Act, and key provisions from the Respect for Rights of Conscience Act, in the appropriations bill for Fiscal Year 2013 of... [Read more...]

BUSINESS OWNERS V. OBAMACARE

Catalyst September Issue 2012

U.S. District Judge John Kane recently issued a warning to the Obama administration by granting an injunction that allowed the owners of a private company not to provide abortifacients, contraceptives, and sterilization services to their employees as mandated by ObamaCare. The ruling in Newland v. Sebelius meant that the administration not only has... [Read more...]

OBAMA SPINS CATHOLIC DIALOGUE

Catalyst September Issue 2012

At an August campaign stop, President Obama addressed the HHS mandate saying, “We worked with the Catholic hospitals and universities to find a solution that protects both religious liberty and a woman’s health.” The president also said that Mitt Romney “joined the far right of his party to support a bill that would allow any employer to deny... [Read more...]

ISRAEL HOLOCAUST MUSEUM MAKES CHANGES

Catalyst September Issue 2012

Israel’s Holocaust Museum, Yad Vashem, recently amended the wording of its text on Pope Pius XII. The change acknowledges the pope’s Christmas radio address in 1942 where the Holy Father called attention to the “hundreds of thousands of persons, who, without any fault on their part, sometimes only because of their nationality or ethnic origin”... [Read more...]

OLYMPICS FAIL TO HONOR SLAIN ISRAELIS

Catalyst September Issue 2012

Leading up to the start of the Summer Olympics, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) made the decision not to allow a moment of silence at the opening ceremony for the 11 Israeli athletes who were murdered by an arm of the Palestinian Liberation Front at the 1972 Munich games. A few days before the games began, Olympic officials led a small gathering... [Read more...]

SHOOTING DEMONSTRATES TOXIC ENVIRONMENT

Catalyst September Issue 2012

On August 15, a man walked into the offices of the Family Research Council and opened fire striking a security guard. The suspect was reported as a volunteer at a gay activist organization and it appears that his motives are cause for serious concern. One source told Fox News that the suspect “made statements regarding their policies, and then opened... [Read more...]

MEDIA COVERAGE OF BISHOPS AND NUNS

Catalyst September Issue 2012

The media coverage of the recent “Fortnight for Freedom” events sponsored by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), and the competing “Nuns on the Bus” campaign, proved revealing. A total of 141 dioceses, involving tens of thousands of Catholics, participated in the USCCB events; it ended with a crowd of 5,000 at the Basilica... [Read more...]

CROSS ON CITY LOGO SCARES ATHEISTS

Catalyst September Issue 2012

Recently a group of atheists tried to intimidate city officials in Steubenville, Ohio into banning a proposed new city logo that includes a chapel and a cross; the symbols represent the Franciscan University of Steubenville. Nothing scares atheists more than religion, none more so than than Catholicism. That is why atheists from the Freedom From Religion... [Read more...]

SNAP DISGRACES ITSELF AGAIN

Catalyst September Issue 2012

On July 10, the Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests (SNAP) placed a full-page ad in the New York Times. Once again the so-called victims’ group disgraced itself. Instead of looking at the positive reforms made by the U.S. bishops over the last decade, the professional victims’ lobby rehashed its age-old claim that there is an ongoing abuse... [Read more...]

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