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BEE PIVOTS

By |2018-10-23T17:59:06+00:00October 23rd, 2018|Categories: Catalyst, Front Page|Tags: |

Looks like our campaign against Samantha Bee's TBS show, "Full Frontal," is paying dividends. In the August 15 edition of her show (reruns were aired over the past few weeks), Bee ran 23 advertisements; on September 12, there were 19. We have been able to pick off seven of her most prominent sponsors: Verizon, Procter and [...]

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GRAND JURY PROBES EMERGE; CHURCH SINGLED OUT

By |2018-10-23T17:59:06+00:00October 23rd, 2018|Categories: Catalyst, Front Page|Tags: |

Following the publication of a Pennsylvania grand jury report on clergy sexual abuse, many states are considering launching a grand jury of their own. Illinois, Missouri, Nebraska, New Jersey and New York have announced investigations, and other states are weighing doing the same. Radical activist groups like the Center for Constitutional Rights are asking for a [...]

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THE ENEMY WITHIN

By |2018-10-23T17:59:05+00:00October 23rd, 2018|Categories: Catalyst, Essay|Tags: |

The following is an excerpt from an August 19, 2018 homily given at the Church of St. Raphael in Crystal, Minnesota by Fr. Robert Altier. In the last couple of weeks, we have heard some pretty unfortunate things. A cardinal of the Church who abused children and young men, and now in Pennsylvania the grand jury [...]

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FIDELITY AND COURAGE NEEDED NOW

By |2018-10-23T17:59:05+00:00October 23rd, 2018|Categories: Catalyst, From The President's Desk|Tags: |

"Fidelity, fidelity, fidelity." That was Father Richard John Neuhaus' answer to the clergy sexual abuse crisis that exploded in 2002. It still is a great tonic, but it is incomplete: courage is also needed. Priests need to practice fidelity to Church teachings, in both their spiritual and behavioral life. They also need to exercise courage: when [...]

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DEVIL’S ROLE IN CHURCH SCANDAL

By |2018-10-23T17:59:05+00:00October 23rd, 2018|Categories: Catalyst, Features|Tags: |

When we read that a cardinal asked young seminarians to sleep with him, thus corrupting them before they became ordained, and when we read that a few Pennsylvania priests used sacred objects like the crucifix to molest their victims, we cannot plausibly say that this is simply the work of men gone bad. No, it is [...]

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CHURCH REFORMS ARE WORKING

By |2018-10-23T17:59:05+00:00October 23rd, 2018|Categories: Catalyst, Features|Tags: |

No entity in America today, private or public, has more institutionalized mechanisms in place to check for the sexual abuse of minors than the Catholic Church. That is why in the last two years for which we have data, only .005 percent of the clergy have had a credible accusation made against them (see the Annual [...]

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BEWARE OF CALLS FOR GRAND JURY PROBES

By |2018-10-23T17:59:05+00:00October 23rd, 2018|Categories: Catalyst, Features|Tags: |

Bill Donohue In the wake of the Pennsylvania grand jury investigation of the Catholic Church, many states are now weighing probes of their own. To cherry pick the Catholic Church is unjust: If the goal is to root out predators, then no institution, private or public, should be spared. But this is not the goal, which [...]

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FOES BASH CATHOLIC CHURCH

By |2018-10-23T17:59:05+00:00October 23rd, 2018|Categories: Catalyst, Features|Tags: |

Scandal brings out the worst in some friends, as well as many foes. Some of those organizations associated with the "pro-Church" side are using news reports of clergy sexual abuse as a pretext to raise money (as if they are going to do something constructive with the cash), while a lot of the Church's foes are [...]

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CAN’T ARGUE WITH AD HOMINEM ATTACKS

By |2018-10-23T17:59:05+00:00October 23rd, 2018|Categories: Catalyst, Features|Tags: |

The outpouring of support and commendation for Bill Donohue in the aftermath of his debunking of the Pennsylvania grand jury report was overwhelming. He is especially delighted with the reaction of priests and bishops. This is what led us to pay for a Spanish version of his analysis. Not surprisingly, there was also a wave of [...]

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PUBLIC SCHOOLS MERIT GRAND JURY PROBE

By |2018-10-23T17:59:05+00:00October 23rd, 2018|Categories: Catalyst, Features|Tags: |

Dear Attorney General: In the wake of the Pennsylvania grand jury report on the Catholic clergy, many states are considering a similar probe of offending priests. They should do so, providing they also investigate the clergy of all other religions, private non-sectarian institutions, and public sector entities. Not to do so would be manifestly unjust and [...]

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