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CNN’S SKEWED COVERAGE OF WARTIME POPES

By | 2018-05-25T15:25:11+00:00 May 25th, 2018|Categories: Catalyst, Features|Tags: |

University of Mississippi law professor Ronald Rychlak, one of the world's foremost scholars of the Catholic Church's role during the Holocaust, was included in the April 8 episode of the CNN series on the papacy. He serves on the board of advisors of the Catholic League. We posted his analysis of the program online. Here is [...]

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RADIO JOCK’S VILE ATTACK ON ELDERLY NUN

By | 2018-05-25T15:25:11+00:00 May 25th, 2018|Categories: Catalyst, Features|Tags: |

Sister Jean Dolores Schmidt is the well-loved chaplain at Loyola University Chicago, and a rabid sports fan. She was delighted when her school upset the University of Tennessee in the second round of the NCAA basketball tournament. The victory didn't sit well with Cody McClure, who hosts a radio show on WKGN-AM, a Knoxville station. He [...]

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ABORTION IS NOT TORTURE—NOT HAVING ONE IS

By | 2018-05-25T15:25:11+00:00 May 25th, 2018|Categories: Catalyst, Features|Tags: |

The March 26 editorial in the New York Times will go down in history as its most radical defense of abortion. It's hard to see how it can ever top this one. Here is what it said: "Carrying to term a pregnancy against one's will is punishment enough—in fact, it can amount to torture—according to the [...]

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PLANNED PARENTHOOD’S ABORTION FIXATION

By | 2018-05-25T15:25:11+00:00 May 25th, 2018|Categories: Catalyst, Features|Tags: |

In her recently published memoir, outgoing Planned Parenthood president Cecile Richards says that in January 2017 she and her husband met with Ivanka Trump and her husband, Jared Kushner. She claims that Kushner floated the idea that if Planned Parenthood stopped providing abortions, federal funding for the organization would proceed smoothly. Richards, who said "it almost [...]

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EUROPEAN YOUTH ABANDONING CHRISTIANITY

By | 2018-05-25T15:25:11+00:00 May 25th, 2018|Categories: Catalyst, Features|Tags: |

Catholic sociologist Stephen Bullivant has issued a detailed report on the state of Christianity in Europe. It is not encouraging. Bullivant, who teaches at St. Mary's University, outside of London, is director of the Benedict XVI Centre for Religion and Society. The report, "European Young Adults and Religion," measured religious practice and affiliation in 22 countries; [...]

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CATHOLIC CHURCH ATTENDANCE DROPS

By | 2018-05-25T15:25:11+00:00 May 25th, 2018|Categories: Catalyst, Features|Tags: |

We knew that younger Catholics were going to church in fewer numbers than in the past, but what is new about this Gallup poll is the decline among older Catholics. Overall, only 39 percent of Catholics say they attend church weekly, and among those aged 60 and over the figure is 49 percent. This means that [...]

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RELIGIOUS SCHOOLS MERIT EQUAL TREATMENT

By | 2018-05-25T15:25:11+00:00 May 25th, 2018|Categories: Catalyst, Features|Tags: |

Earlier this year, the New York State Department of Education said it would issue guidelines on state oversight of private schools. What occasioned this decision were reports of the academically weak curriculum offered by some yeshivas operated by Orthodox Jews. When this was announced, Bill Donohue expressed concerns that while there are legitimate state interests in [...]

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BIAS PERVADES SOUTHERN POVERTY LAW CENTER

By | 2018-05-25T15:25:10+00:00 May 25th, 2018|Categories: Catalyst, Features|Tags: |

Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) is regarded by many journalists as the gold standard for information on hate groups. But its record is dotted with bias. SPLC issued a statement on April 3 about a federal court judge's decision against Matt Hale, an imprisoned neo-Nazi who sued the Federal Bureau of Prisons for violating his religious [...]

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AMERICAN ATHEISTS FIRES ITS PRESIDENT

By | 2018-05-25T15:25:12+00:00 May 23rd, 2018|Categories: Catalyst, Features|Tags: |

Bill Donohue The board of directors of American Atheists has fired its president, David Silverman. The decision was made the night of April 12. With the exception of a few Internet sites, there have been zero news stories on this development. The statement of April 13 that is posted on the website of American Atheists simply [...]

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BIGOTRY EMBROILS TWO STATES: CONNECTICUT AND WISCONSIN

By | 2018-04-26T15:50:29+00:00 April 23rd, 2018|Categories: Catalyst, Front Page|Tags: |

Anti-Catholicism has gripped two states: Connecticut and Wisconsin. In Connecticut, an anti-Catholic judge is being considered for the top post as Chief Justice of the Supreme Court; in Wisconsin, a Trump nominee for a federal judgeship is being opposed on anti-Catholic grounds. The Catholic League has been actively engaged in both cases. As we went to [...]

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