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THERE’S NOTHING “GAY” ABOUT HOMOSEXUALITY

By | 2017-10-19T18:16:10+00:00 October 19th, 2017|Categories: Book Review, Catalyst|Tags: |

Robert R. Reilly Daniel C. Mattson, Why I Don't Call Myself Gay: How I Reclaimed My Sexual Reality and Found Peace (Ignatius Press) Why would someone with homosexual inclinations not call himself "gay"? After all, our popular culture practically screams for him to do so. The Supreme Court even offers to bless his "union" with another [...]

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BANNON IMPUTES FALSE MOTIVE TO BISHOPS

By | 2017-10-19T18:16:10+00:00 October 19th, 2017|Categories: Catalyst, Features|Tags: |

There is nothing wrong about criticizing the bishops for any position they take on public policy, though when invidious motives are ascribed to them, such conjecture is unacceptable. That is what Steve Bannon did with regard to their statements on immigration, during his September 10 appearance on "60 Minutes." It is certainly true that most of [...]

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TRUMP MUST NIX HHS MANDATE

By | 2017-10-19T18:16:10+00:00 October 19th, 2017|Categories: Catalyst, Features|Tags: |

The Catholic Benefits Association (CBA), which provides health coverage to many Catholic entities, is asking President Trump to repeal and replace the Health and Human Services (HHS) mandate that was sponsored by President Obama. We second that call: Trump's Justice Department continues to inexplicably honor an appeal to the Tenth Circuit that seeks to undo the [...]

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IGNORANCE OF RELIGIOUS RIGHTS IS WIDESPREAD

By | 2017-10-19T18:16:10+00:00 October 19th, 2017|Categories: Catalyst, Features|Tags: |

The Annenberg Public Policy Center of the University of Pennsylvania has released a new survey on the public's knowledge of basic constitutional rights; it is disturbing on many levels. More than a third of Americans, 37 percent, can't name any of the rights guaranteed by the First Amendment. Nearly half, 48 percent, list freedom of speech [...]

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SEEING THROUGH THE DREAMERS MAZE

By | 2017-10-19T18:16:10+00:00 October 19th, 2017|Categories: Catalyst, Features|Tags: |

Given the normalization of hysteria in America, it was predictable that hyperbole would govern much of the discussion—if we can call it that—over the so-called Dreamers, the almost 800,000 young people who were brought to the United States illegally, mostly from Latin America. It's time to see through the Dreamers maze. This is one problem where [...]

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VILE JESUS SEX SCENE ON AMC

By | 2017-10-19T18:16:11+00:00 October 19th, 2017|Categories: Catalyst, Features|Tags: |

One of the most obscene shows ever aired on TV occurred on the August 21 episode of the AMC show "Preacher." It depicted Jesus in a grotesque sex scene. It was clearly meant to offend, and succeeded in assaulting the sensibilities of all Christians, as well as people of good will who are not Christians. Bill [...]

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DE BLASIO’S MONUMENT GOALS ARE TROUBLING

By | 2017-10-19T18:16:11+00:00 October 19th, 2017|Categories: Catalyst, Features|Tags: |

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has empanelled 18 persons to assess which monuments and other markers should be removed from city property. He said the panel "will develop guidelines on how the City should address monuments seen as oppressive and inconsistent with the values of New York City." It is telling that the mayor [...]

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BOSTON GLOBE’S NEW ATTACK ON PRIESTS

By | 2017-10-19T18:16:11+00:00 October 19th, 2017|Categories: Catalyst, Features|Tags: |

The Boston Globe's "Spotlight" team recently came out with another attack on the Catholic priesthood: this one a two-part series on "Children of Catholic priests" who "live with secrets and sorrow." Using a few highly publicized cases, and several anecdotal stories, reporter Michael Rezendes concluded that by "any reasonable measure, there are thousands" of children around [...]

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BELAFONTE SET TO JUDGE NYC STATUES

By | 2017-10-19T18:16:11+00:00 October 19th, 2017|Categories: Catalyst, Features|Tags: |

New York City's left-wing mayor, Bill de Blasio, has selected his left-wing friend, Harry Belafonte, to advise him on which New York City monuments are so hateful that they should be removed. The singer is one of 18 persons selected to be on the panel which will render an opinion. Belafonte knows a thing or two [...]

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THE ACLU’S WAR ON CATHOLIC HOSPITALS

By | 2017-10-19T18:16:11+00:00 October 19th, 2017|Categories: Catalyst, Features|Tags: |

Across the United States, Catholic hospitals remain the biggest private sector health care providers. Catholic-affiliated health services account for more than 600 hospitals, 200 health care centers, and 1,500 specialized care facilities (i.e. drug treatment centers). These health care operatives serve 50 million patients annually. Since the early 1990s, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has [...]

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