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BIGOTRY ERUPTS AT COLORADO STATE UNIV.

By |2016-04-18T20:09:41-04:00April 18th, 2016|Categories: Catalyst, Features|Tags: |

A recent, and ugly, display of anti-Catholicism on the campus of Colorado State University (CSU) prompted an exchange of letters between Bill Donohue and CSU Dean of Students Dr. Jody Donovan. The controversy arose, Donohue explained, when a "diversity bill" was proposed in the CSU student senate. The bill granted senate seats to select organizations on [...]

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PENNSYLVANIA LAWMAKER’S GRANDSTANDING

By |2016-04-18T20:09:42-04:00April 18th, 2016|Categories: Catalyst, Features|Tags: |

Pennsylvania lawmaker Mark Rozzi's colleagues ought to call him out immediately for his demagoguery: he wants to use the taxpayer's money to investigate every diocese in the state for possible sexual abuse crimes. He does not want to target any other institution—just the Catholic Church. If he were seriously concerned about the issue of sexual abuse, [...]

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MORAL PANIC GRIPS PENNSYLVANIA

By |2017-03-20T17:47:07-04:00April 18th, 2016|Categories: Catalyst, Features|Tags: |

Moral panic is the term used by sociologists to describe what happens when social problems become highly exaggerated, often by the media. Setting off the alarms, without due cause, not only distorts the truth about existing conditions, it triggers an overreaction. This is what a moral panic does, and it is going on right now in [...]

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THE POLITICIZATION OF “SPOTLIGHT”

By |2016-04-18T20:09:47-04:00April 18th, 2016|Categories: Catalyst, Features|Tags: |

The movie "Spotlight" was being politicized before it even hit theaters. That, not the movie itself, was always our concern, and that politicization has continued. On the day of the Oscars several weeks ago, actor Mark Ruffalo, one of the stars in the movie, led a rally outside the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels [...]

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