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CLERGY ABUSE SURVEY SHOWS MEDIA INFLUENCE

By |2019-07-22T19:56:11+00:00July 22nd, 2019|Categories: Catalyst, From The President's Desk|Tags: |

William A. Donohue The Pew Research Center released the findings of a new survey recently on Catholic clergy sexual abuse. Most were predictable, but some were not. The survey found that 8 in 10 Americans say that Catholic clergy sexual abuse is an "ongoing problem," while only 12% say that these problems "happened in the past [...]

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HOW MUCH DO I OWE OPRAH?

By |2019-06-19T20:51:37+00:00June 19th, 2019|Categories: Catalyst, From The President's Desk|Tags: |

Many Democrats running for president endorse reparations to African Americans because their ancestors were enslaved. Before we go any further, I want to know how much I owe Oprah. The idea of reparations for African Americans is seriously flawed. Some argue that if the Japanese received reparations, why shouldn't blacks? It is true that in 1988 [...]

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BENEDICT XVI ANALYZES ROOTS OF THE SCANDAL

By |2019-05-14T15:19:39+00:00May 14th, 2019|Categories: Catalyst, From The President's Desk|Tags: |

William A. Donohue Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI has released a lengthy essay on the roots of clergy sexual abuse that is illuminating and courageous. It is illuminating because he shows how forces inside and outside the Church came together to create the problem, and it is courageous because he speaks the truth about matters that are [...]

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WHY I WROTE COMMON SENSE CATHOLICISM

By |2019-04-25T15:56:31+00:00April 18th, 2019|Categories: Catalyst, From The President's Desk|Tags: |

William A. Donohue When I was in the Air Force, in the late 1960s, I became interested in politics. It was a turbulent time, and this was certainly true of California, where I was stationed. My first political leanings, some may be surprised to learn, were liberal-left. That didn't last long. When I was discharged, I [...]

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THE PERILS OF SENTIMENTALISM

By |2019-03-20T18:34:32+00:00March 20th, 2019|Categories: Catalyst, From The President's Desk|Tags: |

Bill Donohue To be sentimental about certain things in life is not only normal, it is admirable. But sentimentalism is different. One of the definitions found in The Free Dictionary defines it as "excessive indulgence in sentiment or emotionalism, predominance of feeling over reason and intellect." That is not admirable. Indeed, it can be perilous. This [...]

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STANDING FAST FOR PRIESTS’ RIGHTS

By |2019-01-31T20:13:32+00:00January 31st, 2019|Categories: Catalyst, From The President's Desk|Tags: |

William A. Donohue The average detainee in Guantanamo Bay has more rights than the average accused priest in America does today. Those who doubt this to be true can begin by naming all of the left-wing activist organizations and civil libertarian groups that are defending the rights of accused priests. By contrast, accused Muslim terrorists in [...]

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BISHOPS BEWARE OF SOME LAY CATHOLICS

By |2019-01-31T19:52:44+00:00January 7th, 2019|Categories: Catalyst, From The President's Desk|Tags: |

The week before the U.S. bishops convened in Baltimore, I wrote an article warning the bishops to be careful when listening to the laity for advice. Some are responsible, I said, and some are an utter disgrace. After the conference ended on November 14, I issued another statement, detailing the irresponsible ones. Should the bishops listen [...]

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LIES MARKED KAVANAUGH HEARING

By |2018-11-26T21:00:54+00:00November 26th, 2018|Categories: Catalyst, From The President's Desk|Tags: |

William A. Donohue When I debated Christopher Hitchens, I told the famed atheist that if he wants to take on Mother Teresa, then he had better have the evidence. My axiom is simple: the more prominent the person is who is being dissected, the stronger the evidence must be. He failed. In his 99-page book trashing [...]

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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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ATHEIST ACTIVISTS EMBRACE SEXUAL LIBERTINISM

By |2018-09-25T19:50:50+00:00September 25th, 2018|Categories: Catalyst, From The President's Desk|Tags: |

William A. Donohue At first glance, there doesn't appear to be a relationship between the views of atheist leaders and sexuality, but upon closer inspection, there clearly is. In so many cases, the hatred of religion that marks atheist activists is integral to their love of sexual libertinism. Indeed, the former abets the latter. The nation's [...]

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