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THE CRACKUP OF THE CHATTERING CLASS

By |2020-06-24T20:29:03+00:00June 24th, 2020|Categories: Catalyst, From The President's Desk|Tags: |

William A. Donohue For almost four decades, I have given countless interviews to reporters and have appeared on thousands of television and radio shows. Most of the people I have met have been wonderful; others less so. Many have been fair, but increasingly many are not. Those who work in the electronic media—radio and TV—and those [...]

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THE POWER OF PRAYER

By |2020-05-18T16:24:22+00:00May 18th, 2020|Categories: Catalyst, From The President's Desk|Tags: |

William A. Donohue The coronavirus pandemic led to thousands of deaths, overrun mortuaries, untold suffering, burnt-out hospital staff, economic hardship, and psychological distress. It also gave millions a time to renew their faith, or come back to it. But is prayer a reliable tonic? Yes. Is there scientific data to back it up? Yes. One leading [...]

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ABORTION’S SATANIC TOUCH

By |2020-05-15T16:29:43+00:00April 15th, 2020|Categories: Catalyst, From The President's Desk|Tags: |

Animals have no rights—they cannot be held morally responsible for their behavior—but they certainly deserve our respect. Indeed, those who abuse them should be punished: animal cruelty should never be tolerated. It should be axiomatic that human beings, at all stages of development, are also entitled to great respect, including those not sentient enough to make [...]

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THE REAL WHITE-BLACK DIVIDE

By |2020-03-25T15:35:10+00:00March 25th, 2020|Categories: Catalyst, From The President's Desk|Tags: |

What separates whites and blacks the most these days is not race or class, it's religion. But don't expect to hear this from commentators or scholars. That's because most of them are well-educated white people, and they are the most likely to be non-religious. Blacks, on the other hand, are much more religious than whites. Christianity [...]

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MEDIA MAKE UP DIRT THEY CANNOT FIND

By |2020-01-27T20:53:16+00:00January 27th, 2020|Categories: Catalyst, From The President's Desk|Tags: |

A recent NBC poll of Catholics who work for the Church found that 64 percent do not believe the media have been fair in their coverage of the clergy sexual abuse scandal. If you want to know why, just read this issue of Catalyst. There are still good reporters and editors, but unfortunately there are too [...]

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GEORGETOWN’S PITIFUL CONFERENCE ON ABUSE

By |2019-12-23T16:35:21+00:00December 23rd, 2019|Categories: Catalyst, From The President's Desk|Tags: |

William A. Donohue In November, a report was released based on the proceedings of a Georgetown University event that took place in June. Titled, "National Convening on Lay Leadership for a Wounded Church and Divided Nation," it was organized by the Initiative on Catholic Social Thought and Public Life, headed by John Carr and Kim Daniels. [...]

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JOURNALISTIC MALPRACTICE

By |2019-11-27T14:03:02+00:00November 25th, 2019|Categories: Catalyst, From The President's Desk|Tags: |

William A. Donohue In early October, within a period of 24 hours, two prominent secular media outlets, and one prominent religious media outlet, ran stories on the Catholic Church that were classic examples of journalistic malpractice. Motive is hard to determine: Were the reporters incompetent or malicious? Maybe both. From what we learned from two of [...]

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MISSOURI AG PLAYS POLITICS

By |2019-10-31T14:02:43+00:00October 31st, 2019|Categories: Catalyst, From The President's Desk|Tags: |

Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt has issued a 185-page report on sexual abuse in the Catholic Church committed by priests, deacons, seminarians, and nuns. The Attorney General's office reviewed more than 2,000 files on priests who worked in Missouri since 1945. It also read the files of more than 300 deacons, seminarians, and nuns. News reports [...]

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ROOT CAUSE OF MASS SHOOTINGS IS ROOTLESSNESS

By |2019-10-31T13:03:51+00:00September 30th, 2019|Categories: Catalyst, From The President's Desk|Tags: |

When the two mass shootings took place in August, it was distressing to listen to all the chatter about Republicans and Democrats being blamed for what happened. Most of the talk is pure bunk. At the heart of the problem are what I call the three "B's": beliefs, bonds, and boundaries (see my book The Catholic [...]

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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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