Essay

ASSESSING “THE McCARRICK REPORT”

By |2020-12-21T14:14:57-05:00December 21st, 2020|Categories: Catalyst, Essay|Tags: |

Bill Donohue This is my analysis of the "Report on the Holy See's Institutional Knowledge and Decision-Making Related to Former Cardinal Theodore Edgar McCarrick," or what is commonly known as "The McCarrick Report." Much of what follows is a summary overview designed to spare readers the necessity of reading the 461-page document. It also includes my [...]

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A LIFE IN POLITICS

By |2020-11-17T14:39:44-05:00November 17th, 2020|Categories: Catalyst, Essay|Tags: |

Mike McDonald From a young age, I wanted to get involved in politics. My earliest memories on the subject are from riding around in my father's pickup truck on my way home from Catholic preschool listening to Rush Limbaugh. At the time, I thought it was the coolest thing ever, and I knew I wanted to [...]

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NEW YORK TIMES EARNS SPOT IN “1619 PROJECT”

By |2020-10-19T18:27:10-04:00October 19th, 2020|Categories: Catalyst, Essay|Tags: |

Bill Donohue Coming on the heels of a bloody summer, much of it driven by racially charged rhetoric and behavior, the new school year has begun. But not without calls to address racism. Elementary and secondary students are being primed to learn about America's irredeemably racist past, present, and future. The favorite resource for educators is [...]

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THE WAR ON HOMESCHOOLING

By |2020-09-21T20:20:01-04:00September 21st, 2020|Categories: Catalyst, Essay|Tags: |

Bill Donohue Collectivists and egalitarians, by which I mean those who embrace a left-wing ideology, have always hated the family. They see it as the source of inequality, a problem in dire need of a corrective. That corrective, of course, is the state. Their analysis is correct. The family, the smallest cell in society, is the [...]

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MAKING SENSE OF THE ACLU’S COVID-19 RESPONSE

By |2020-08-03T19:56:31-04:00July 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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The First Outrage from the New Archives

By |2020-06-24T19:46:26-04:00June 24th, 2020|Categories: Catalyst, Essay|Tags: |

Ronald J. Rychlak One of the Soviet Union's most effective disinformation campaigns was the charge that Pope Pius XII, leader of the Catholic Church during World War II, failed to provide moral leadership during the Holocaust. This has been variously attributed to anti-Semitism, attraction to Nazism, fear of Hitler, a desire to centralize papal power, and [...]

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BETRAYED BY VICTIMS’ ADVOCATES

By |2020-05-15T16:29:43-04:00April 15th, 2020|Categories: Catalyst, Essay|Tags: |

The following is a first-hand account of a clergy sexual abuse victim. Last year, he met with Catholic League staff in New York City; we are protecting his anonymity. Some of what he recounts was previously noted by Catholic News Agency. As an adolescent victim of homosexual clergy abuse, I know the challenges that men face [...]

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ACCUSED PRIESTS DESERVE BETTER

By |2020-03-25T15:35:11-04:00March 25th, 2020|Categories: Catalyst, Essay|Tags: |

Bill Donohue There is justified anger on the part of the Catholic laity over the way molesting priests were handled by the bishop. That anger is still with us today, even though the bishops have made great progress in dealing with clergy sexual abuse. Most cases we hear about today are old cases and the offenders [...]

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2019 YEAR IN REVIEW

By |2020-01-27T20:53:16-05:00January 27th, 2020|Categories: Catalyst, Essay|Tags: |

Bill Donohue The following is an excerpt from a longer piece that is posted on our website under Annual Reports/Year in Review. When the year began, I was anxiously awaiting an opportunity to defend the Catholic Church in one of those storied debates sponsored by the Oxford Union. The debate was scheduled for February. But in [...]

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THE ACLU AT 100

By |2019-12-23T16:35:21-05:00December 23rd, 2019|Categories: Catalyst, Essay|Tags: |

Bill Donohue This is an excerpt from a longer paper by the same name. It can be found on the Catholic League website. The ACLU will celebrate its centennial on January 20, 2020. Always contentious, it has become the most influential civil liberties organization in the nation. Its reputation as a non-partisan organization that vigorously defends [...]

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