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RIGHTS OF PRIESTS TESTED; BRIEF FILED IN KEY CASE

By |2020-08-03T19:56:30+00:00July 31st, 2020|Categories: Catalyst, Front Page|Tags: |

The due process rights of priests are in a tenuous state, and this is especially true in Pennsylvania. We have been actively involved in this issue, especially following the grand jury report that was trumpeted by the state's attorney general, Josh Shapiro. What he said and did was disgraceful—a classic case of injustice—which is why we [...]

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SEXUAL ABUSE DATA NEAR ZERO

By |2020-08-03T19:56:31+00:00July 31st, 2020|Categories: Catalyst, Front Page|Tags: |

In late June, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops' Secretariat of Child and Youth Protection released its audit on clergy sexual abuse that covers the period July 1, 2018 – June 30, 2019. During this time, there were 37 allegations made by current minors. Eight were substantiated, 7 were unsubstantiated, 6 were unable to be [...]

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THE BANE OF SELF-RIGHTEOUSNESS

By |2020-08-03T19:56:31+00:00July 31st, 2020|Categories: Catalyst, From The President's Desk|Tags: |

William A. Donohue "Confident of one's own righteousness, especially when smugly moralistic and intolerant of the opinions and behavior of others." That dictionary definition of self-righteousness aptly describes the way so many people have behaved in response to the protests that recently exploded across the nation. The moralizing, the grandstanding, the arrogance—it was appalling and never [...]

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MAKING SENSE OF THE ACLU’S COVID-19 RESPONSE

By |2020-08-03T19:56:31+00:00July 31st, 2020|Categories: Catalyst, Essay|Tags: |

Bill Donohue Many critics of the ACLU have been saying that its response to coronavirus, which has generally been to support the shutdown of the U.S. economy in the name of public health, is inconsistent with its founding principles. Where they err is assuming they were founded on principle. They were not. After writing a Ph.D. [...]

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RELIGIOUS LIBERTY IS IN A PRECARIOUS STATE

By |2020-08-03T19:56:32+00:00July 31st, 2020|Categories: Catalyst, Features|Tags: |

The U.S. Supreme Court decision on workplace discrimination against homosexuals and transgender persons leaves religious liberty matters in a precarious state. We stand with the president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, Archbishop José Gomez of Los Angeles, who said that the Supreme Court "effectively redefined the legal meaning of 'sex' in our nation's civil [...]

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GORSUCH’S FLAWED ANTHROPOLOGY

By |2020-08-03T19:56:32+00:00July 31st, 2020|Categories: Catalyst, Features|Tags: |

There are many problems with the majority opinion written by Justice Neil Gorsuch on workplace discrimination, sexual orientation and gender identity, but none is more important than the flawed anthropology upon which the ruling rests. In fact, it is pivotal. "An individual's homosexuality or transgender status is not relevant to employment decisions." This sweeping statement, which [...]

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SCURRILOUS ATTACKS ON BISHOP DIMARZIO

By |2020-08-03T19:56:32+00:00July 31st, 2020|Categories: Catalyst, Features|Tags: |

Brooklyn Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio was recently accused, for the second time, of abusing a minor. This is one of the most incredibly ugly smears ever endured by a Catholic priest. Last November, attorney Mitchell Garabedian made a big public splash when he said he was going to file suit against DiMarzio for abusing Mark Matzek in [...]

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VIACOMCBS BOARD ASKED TO ADDRESS NOAH

By |2020-08-03T19:56:32+00:00July 31st, 2020|Categories: Catalyst, Features|Tags: |

Trevor Noah, the South African black comedian, is out of control. An unrelenting bigot, his jokes about Catholic priests are mean-spirited and slanderous. His latest attack was May 18. The only ones who can rein him in—making him treat priests the way he does many protected classes of people—are those who sit on the board of [...]

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PROTESTERS TOPPLE STATUES OF ST. SERRA

By |2020-08-03T19:56:32+00:00July 31st, 2020|Categories: Catalyst, Features|Tags: |

Smashing statues of American icons is all the rage among urban barbarians. Ignorant of history, they are destroying statues of those who were among the most enlightened persons of their time. This includes Father Junípero Serra. The 18th century missionary fought hard for the rights of Indians, and was rightfully canonized by Pope Francis in 2015. [...]

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HUMAN RIGHTS BEGIN WITH RELIGIOUS RIGHTS

By |2020-08-03T19:56:32+00:00July 31st, 2020|Categories: Catalyst, Features|Tags: |

An important State Department report on human rights that will soon be released will anger left-wing secularists and gay rights advocates. The Commission on Unalienable Rights, which was established by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, is expected to give prominence to religious rights. That explains the backlash. In a New York Times article by journalist Pranshu [...]

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