ALARMING BIDEN NOMINEE; WE JOIN SEN. RUBIO IN PROTEST

By |2022-01-03T09:42:30-05:00December 23rd, 2021|Categories: Catalyst, Front Page|Tags: |

After we learned what Sen. Marco Rubio had to say about Atul Gawande, a Biden nominee for a senior healthcare post, we joined with him in seeking his defeat. Gawande is a Professor of Surgery at the Harvard School of Medicine, a Rhodes Scholar, a distinguished author, and the former CEO of a healthcare organization. This [...]

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ABUSE AUDIT’S GOOD NEWS

By |2022-01-03T09:42:32-05:00December 23rd, 2021|Categories: Catalyst, Front Page|Tags: |

The 2020 Annual Report on clergy sexual abuse published by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops brings good news. During the period July 1, 2019 – June 30, 2020, there were 22 current allegations involving minors. Given that there are approximately 50,000 members of the clergy (49,926), and the number of substantiated charges are 6, [...]

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SOCIAL JUSTICE, BIDEN STYLE

By |2022-01-03T09:42:36-05:00December 23rd, 2021|Categories: Catalyst, Front Page|Tags: |

In the name of helping families, President Biden wants to reward many of those who broke into our country illegally by making them millionaires. However, American families that are living here legally and elect to place their children in religious child care centers have to wing it on their own. On October 31, Fox News reporter [...]

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CNN’S INANE STORY ON THE CATHOLIC CHURCH

By |2022-01-03T09:42:38-05:00December 23rd, 2021|Categories: Catalyst, Front Page|Tags: |

Halloween is a time when children dress up as monsters and witches. It's also a time when some adults get dressed up, but, unlike the children, they actually think they've adopted a new identity. To wit: CNN did a story about German Catholic women who dress up as priests and sincerely believe they've become members of [...]

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THE REAL ORIGINS OF THE RELIGIOUS RIGHT

By |2022-01-03T09:42:38-05:00December 23rd, 2021|Categories: Catalyst, Front Page|Tags: |

Randall Balmer is a Dartmouth professor who maintains that the origins of the conservative evangelical-Catholic alliance, or what he prefers to call "the religious right," are rooted in racism. A liberal evangelical himself, he has written about this story many times, and recounts it again in his new book, Bad Faith: Race and the Rise of [...]

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BAD PICK FOR HOLY SEE POST; ROGUE CATHOLIC CHOSEN

By |2021-11-16T14:41:16-05:00November 16th, 2021|Categories: Catalyst, Front Page|Tags: |

In October, President Biden nominated Joseph Donnelly to be the new U.S. Ambassador to the Holy See. Many Catholic media outlets, including Catholic News Service, erroneously claimed he is a "pro-life" Democrat. He is not only at odds with the Catholic Church on abortion, he is pro-gay marriage, against religious liberty, and against school choice. When [...]

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ST. SERRA DISHONORED

By |2021-11-16T14:41:18-05:00November 16th, 2021|Categories: Catalyst, Front Page|Tags: |

California Governor Gavin Newsom did what everyone expected him to do when he signed legislation to remove a statue of St. Junípero Serra from the state Capitol in Sacramento. We opposed this decision but almost every lawmaker was against us. The attack on Serra is motivated by ignorance of his meritorious service to Indians in the [...]

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PROBE OF FETAL RESEARCH; UNIV. OF PITTSBURGH TARGETED

By |2021-10-20T13:53:29-04:00October 20th, 2021|Categories: Catalyst, Front Page|Tags: |

In September, the University of Pittsburgh agreed to have its fetal tissue research practices independently reviewed by the Washington, D.C. law firm of Hyman, Phelps & McNamara. In August, we called upon the Pennsylvania Auditor General to launch such an investigation. We are delighted that our effort was successful. Over the summer, we learned that Judicial [...]

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DIMARZIO EXONERATED

By |2021-10-20T13:53:31-04:00October 20th, 2021|Categories: Catalyst, Front Page|Tags: |

The Most Reverend Nicholas DiMarzio, Bishop of Brooklyn, was exonerated in September by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith at the Vatican of charges that he sexually abused minors. Anyone who knew anything about him, as well as the lawyer who sued him, knew he was innocent from the get-go. It is a credit [...]

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PRIESTS’ RIGHTS SECURED; AMICUS BRIEF VICTORY

By |2021-09-21T13:49:27-04:00September 21st, 2021|Categories: Catalyst, Front Page|Tags: |

The rights of priests took a big step forward on July 21 when the Pennsylvania Supreme Court overturned a lower court ruling that sided with an alleged victim of clergy sexual abuse. The law firm of Jones Day ably represented the Catholic League in an amicus brief that was filed in support of the Diocese of [...]

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