Essay

UNSUBSTANTIATED ACCUSATIONS

By | 2017-03-20T17:51:25+00:00 April 10th, 2013|Categories: Catalyst, Essay|Tags: |

Bill Donohue The Catholic Church has many teachings that touch on public issues, and it’s only fair that they be subject to critical analysis. But it’s hardly too much to ask that its critics substantiate their charges. Unfortunately, the tendency of the media to swing wildly became commonplace once it was learned that Pope Benedict XVI [...]

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RYAN, BIDEN, AND THE BISHOPS

By | 2017-03-20T17:51:44+00:00 November 28th, 2012|Categories: Catalyst, Essay|Tags: |

The following article is adapted from Bill Donohue’s article on this subject that was posted on Newsmax.com on September 26. The conventional wisdom holds that both vice presidential candidates, Rep. Paul Ryan and Vice President Joe Biden, are roughly equal in terms of their Catholic standing: Ryan is good on the life issues, but weak on [...]

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MORALITY AND MARKETS

By | 2017-03-20T17:51:44+00:00 November 28th, 2012|Categories: Book Reviews, Catalyst, Essay|Tags: |

Fr. Robert Sirico “Freedom rightly understood is not a license to behave like spoiled adolescents but rather the noble birthright of creatures made in the image of God,” says Fr. Robert Sirico in his new book Defending the Free Market: The Moral Case for a Free Economy. “As long as we refuse to sell this birthright [...]

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OBAMA’S WAR ON RELIGION

By | 2017-03-20T17:51:48+00:00 October 19th, 2012|Categories: Catalyst, Essay|Tags: |

Bill Donohue In September, Bill Donohue wrote a four-part series that was featured on Newsmax.com. The series focused on the war on religion that has been waged by the administration of President Barack Obama. The series caught the attention of many in the media and is sure to be a topic of discussion in many quarters. [...]

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CURRENT THREATS TO RELIGIOUS LIBERTY

By | 2017-03-20T17:51:54+00:00 September 20th, 2012|Categories: Catalyst, Essay|Tags: |

Jeff Field, director of communications for the Catholic League, recently interviewed Bill Donohue on the subject of religious liberty. Below is a transcript of the interview. Bill, you’ve been doing this job at the Catholic League for about two decades. How have things changed in the last couple of decades in terms of the threats to [...]

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WHY CATHOLICISM MATTERS

By | 2017-03-20T17:52:02+00:00 July 12th, 2012|Categories: Catalyst, Essay|Tags: |

Religious and ethnic loyalties are important to me. I am proud to be Catholic and proud to be Irish. I am also very proud to be an American. But pride absent an intelligent appreciation of one’s roots quickly descends to tribalism, and that is not good for the individual or the society. For example, we need [...]

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STATEMENT TO THE DULUTH COMMUNITY: UNIV. OF MINNESOTA DULUTH HOLOCAUST EVENT

By | 2012-12-21T13:43:12+00:00 May 23rd, 2012|Categories: Catalyst, Essay|Tags: |

Bill Donohue It has come to my attention that the University of Minnesota Duluth is hosting a series of events on the Holocaust; they are scheduled to run between April 12 and April 19. Because many of the events address the religious response to the Holocaust, it is of great interest to the Catholic League. For [...]

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PSYCHOLOGISTS ADDRESS SEXUAL ABUSE

By | 2017-03-20T17:52:07+00:00 May 23rd, 2012|Categories: Catalyst, Essay|Tags: |

William O’Donohue, Ph.D., Olga Cirlugea, B.A., Lorraine Benuto, Ph.D. We are clinical psychologists (the second author is a graduate student in a doctoral training program) at the University of Nevada, Reno who have been treating sexual abuse victims (the first author for over 30 years). We have treated adults who were abused by priests when they [...]

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Shoddy Scholarship in the Study of Pope Pius XII

By | 2017-03-20T17:52:18+00:00 April 16th, 2012|Categories: Catalyst, Essay|Tags: |

In the December 2011 issue of Commentary magazine, Kevin Madigan, the Winn Professor of Ecclesiastical History at Harvard Divinity School, put forth the false charge that the Vatican under Pope Pius XII intentionally helped Nazi war criminals escape justice and make their way to South America after World War II. He based his article on Gerald [...]

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SNAP UNRAVELS

By | 2017-03-20T17:52:18+00:00 April 16th, 2012|Categories: Catalyst, Essay|Tags: |

At the end of 2011, a Missouri judge ordered David Clohessy, the president of the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP), to be deposed regarding his role in cases of priestly sexual abuse. Clohessy fought the order vigorously, but lost. On January 2, 2012, he was deposed; the deposition [it is available on our [...]

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