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BEWARE OF CALLS FOR GRAND JURY PROBES

By |2018-10-23T17:59:05+00:00October 23rd, 2018|Categories: Catalyst, Features|Tags: |

Bill Donohue In the wake of the Pennsylvania grand jury investigation of the Catholic Church, many states are now weighing probes of their own. To cherry pick the Catholic Church is unjust: If the goal is to root out predators, then no institution, private or public, should be spared. But this is not the goal, which [...]

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FOES BASH CATHOLIC CHURCH

By |2018-10-23T17:59:05+00:00October 23rd, 2018|Categories: Catalyst, Features|Tags: |

Scandal brings out the worst in some friends, as well as many foes. Some of those organizations associated with the "pro-Church" side are using news reports of clergy sexual abuse as a pretext to raise money (as if they are going to do something constructive with the cash), while a lot of the Church's foes are [...]

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CAN’T ARGUE WITH AD HOMINEM ATTACKS

By |2018-10-23T17:59:05+00:00October 23rd, 2018|Categories: Catalyst, Features|Tags: |

The outpouring of support and commendation for Bill Donohue in the aftermath of his debunking of the Pennsylvania grand jury report was overwhelming. He is especially delighted with the reaction of priests and bishops. This is what led us to pay for a Spanish version of his analysis. Not surprisingly, there was also a wave of [...]

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PUBLIC SCHOOLS MERIT GRAND JURY PROBE

By |2018-10-23T17:59:05+00:00October 23rd, 2018|Categories: Catalyst, Features|Tags: |

Dear Attorney General: In the wake of the Pennsylvania grand jury report on the Catholic clergy, many states are considering a similar probe of offending priests. They should do so, providing they also investigate the clergy of all other religions, private non-sectarian institutions, and public sector entities. Not to do so would be manifestly unjust and [...]

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INDIANA PRIEST ASSAULTED AT THE ALTAR

By |2018-10-23T17:59:04+00:00October 23rd, 2018|Categories: Catalyst, Features|Tags: |

Father Basil Hutsko was getting ready to say Mass on a recent Monday morning at St. Michael Byzantine Catholic Church in Merrillville, Indiana (he was praying at the altar) when a man came up behind him and assaulted him. The priest was grabbed by the neck, choked, thrown to the floor, and beaten mercilessly. His head [...]

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POPE’S REMARKS ON THE FAMILY AND SEXUALITY

By |2018-10-23T17:59:04+00:00October 23rd, 2018|Categories: Catalyst, Features|Tags: |

Pope Francis' comments on economic issues, the environment, and migration, which reflect his more liberal leanings, have received much media attention, including before his addressing the World Meeting of Families in Dublin in August. In contrast, his statements on marriage, the family, and sexuality, which evince a more traditional moral outlook, have not been widely reported [...]

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STANFORD RENAMES FATHER SERRA SITES

By |2018-10-23T17:59:04+00:00October 23rd, 2018|Categories: Catalyst, Features|Tags: |

Stanford University has decided to rename many places on campus that give tribute to Father Junipero Serra, the 18th century Spanish missionary who was canonized in 2015. A total of 21 missions were established by the missionaries, nine of which were under the tenure of Serra; he personally founded six missions. The decision, which was approved [...]

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BIG MEDIA SILENT ON BISHOP RHOADES

By |2018-10-23T17:59:04+00:00October 23rd, 2018|Categories: Catalyst, Features|Tags: |

Every time there is a story about a priest accused of wrongdoing, it makes its way into the newspaper. If the accused is a bishop, it merits coverage by all the big media: print, digital, radio, and television. But when a bishop gets cleared of wrongdoing, they go mute. On September 13, Dauphin County District Attorney [...]

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PUBLIC PERCEPTION OF CHURCH IS PREDICTABLE

By |2018-10-23T17:59:04+00:00October 23rd, 2018|Categories: Catalyst, Features|Tags: |

Almost three in four Americans, 73%, think the Catholic Church has a serious problem with sexual predators among its clergy; most Catholics feel the same way. That is the central finding of a new Rasmussen survey. Also, only 15% think the media are overhyping the problem, and 12% are not sure. The perception is as predictable [...]

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IT’S MORAL PANIC TIME

By |2018-10-23T17:59:04+00:00October 23rd, 2018|Categories: Catalyst, Features|Tags: |

In the wake of the Pennsylvania grand jury's exclusive focus on sexual abuse by Catholic clergy, people are coming out of the woodwork with outlandish tales of long-ago horrific abuses at Catholic institutions, and Internet sites such as BuzzFeed are enthusiastically blaring every wild-eyed accusation. The Catholic Church has never had a monopoly on the mistreatment [...]

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