Essay

The First Outrage from the New Archives

By |2020-06-24T19:46:26+00:00June 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+00:00April 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+00:00March 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+00:00January 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+00:00December 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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ATHEISTS WHO ARE HATERS

By |2019-11-27T14:04:38+00:00November 25th, 2019|Categories: Catalyst, Essay|Tags: |

Bill Donohue When I studied at New York University for my undergraduate degree, no one had a greater influence on me than Sidney Hook. Hook was one of the most brilliant political philosophers of the 20th century. He started as a Marxist and wound up a moderate conservative. He was also an atheist, though I never [...]

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GIVING UP ON THE POOR

By |2019-07-18T12:57:56+00:00June 19th, 2019|Categories: Catalyst, Essay|Tags: |

The greatest enemy of the poor are those who champion their cause. It sounds counterintuitive. How can this be? Because most of those who lead the charge against poverty have no personal stake in their cause. Unlike Mother Teresa, who made it clear that helping the poor must begin with those who carry their banner, most [...]

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MOVING FORWARD

By |2019-05-14T15:19:39+00:00May 14th, 2019|Categories: Catalyst, Essay|Tags: |

Timothy Cardinal Dolan, Archbishop of New York The following is an excerpt from an address given by Timothy Cardinal Dolan before the Metropolitan Club in New York City on April 8. You have patiently sat through my past conversations with you as I have spoken of all the good the Catholic Church has done—our schools, charities, [...]

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THE LEGACY OF “BILLY DOE”

By |2019-01-31T20:12:58+00:00January 31st, 2019|Categories: Catalyst, Essay|Tags: |

Ralph Cipriano With the Catholic Church under legal assault by prosecutors in 14 states, the case of a former Philadelphia altar boy dubbed "Billy Doe" serves as a cautionary tale that not every priest accused of sex abuse is automatically guilty. The case also shows that crusading prosecutors don't always play by the rules. And that [...]

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BEHIND “60 MINUTES” SHOW ON BISHOP MALONE

By |2019-01-31T19:52:56+00:00January 7th, 2019|Categories: Catalyst, Essay|Tags: |

Bill Donohue Buffalo Bishop Richard J. Malone was the subject of a recent edition of "60 Minutes." But there was more to this story than what the CBS show aired. None of the parties to this story came to the table with their hands clean. Bishop Malone has admitted making bad decisions, but he maintains that [...]

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