April Issue 2019

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VACUOUS REPORT ON ABUSE ISSUED

By |2019-04-18T18:25:56+00:00April 18th, 2019|Categories: Catalyst, Features|Tags: |

It would be hard to find a more vacuous document on the subject of clergy sexual abuse than the one released by the Leadership Roundtable; it was based on a summit held prior to the February Vatican meeting on this subject. The most serious flaw in the report was the refusal to address the reasons why [...]

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CLOSURE FOR COVINGTON CATHOLIC

By |2019-04-18T18:25:56+00:00April 18th, 2019|Categories: Catalyst, Features|Tags: |

The innocent students at Covington Catholic High School have finally achieved closure. An investigative report, conducted by a private detective agency commissioned by the Diocese of Covington, has exonerated the students. Four investigators interviewed dozens of students and chaperones, and watched hundreds of hours of videos. Just as we have been saying from the get-go, none [...]

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MORE RIGHTS FOR THE SEXUALLY CONFUSED?

By |2019-04-18T18:25:56+00:00April 18th, 2019|Categories: Catalyst, Features|Tags: |

The Equality Act has been around for decades, under various names, but it always fails. It will again this year, even if it clears the House; Rep. Nancy Pelosi, the House Speaker, has said the legislation is a priority for the new Congress. If most Americans knew what it is really about, they would not support [...]

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CUOMO CAN’T DEFEND HIS ABORTION LAW

By |2019-04-18T18:25:56+00:00April 18th, 2019|Categories: Catalyst, Features|Tags: |

Exactly three weeks after New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed his abortion law, which allows non-physicians to perform abortions up until the baby is born—and provides no criminal penalties for infanticide—he met with President Donald Trump. According to the White House, Trump "raised his concerns to Governor Cuomo about Democrats' support of late-term abortions." When Cuomo [...]

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KAMALA HARRIS OPINES ON LIFE AND DEATH

By |2019-04-18T18:25:57+00:00April 18th, 2019|Categories: Catalyst, Features|Tags: |

Recently, Sen. Kamala Harris was asked by National Public Radio (NPR) about her position on the death penalty. She is against it. When pushed further, she stuck to her guns. NPR: "For any crime?" Harris: "Correct." NPR: "Not even, I don't know, treason?" Harris: "Not in the United States, no." NPR: "There's nothing that rises to [...]

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CHURCH NEEDS MORE MASCULINE PRIESTS

By |2019-04-18T18:25:57+00:00April 18th, 2019|Categories: Catalyst, Features|Tags: |

The assault on masculinity has been going on inside and outside of the Catholic Church for decades, but it is now at a fever pitch. To cite one recent example, in his February 21 article, New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof blamed masculinity for the sexual abuse scandals in the Catholic and Southern Baptist Churches. The [...]

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WASHINGTON POST GETS IT WRONG ON ABUSE

By |2019-04-18T18:25:57+00:00April 18th, 2019|Categories: Catalyst, Features|Tags: |

No one can fault the Washington Post for criticizing the Vatican summit on clergy abuse for being short on concrete prescriptions for reform. That much is true. But at the end of the February 27 editorial it made two accusations that are simply not true, and one that is misleading. The editorial took the Church to [...]

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CARDINAL PELL’S APPEAL IS JUSTIFIED

By |2019-04-18T18:25:57+00:00April 18th, 2019|Categories: Catalyst, Features|Tags: |

Australian Cardinal George Pell was convicted in December of molesting two choirboys in the 1990s, but it was not until February 25 that the details were disclosed; charges against Pell that would require a second trial over other allegations were dropped. Pell's lawyers are appealing the conviction. There are many holes in the story that led [...]

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SOME CATHOLICS QUESTION THEIR STATUS

By |2019-04-18T18:25:57+00:00April 18th, 2019|Categories: Catalyst, Features|Tags: |

A recent Gallup survey shows that news stories about clergy sexual abuse have Catholics questioning their affiliation with the Church. Before examining why, an analysis of the data is warranted; it reveals a nuanced portrait of Catholics. The survey found that 37% of Catholics said they are questioning whether to remain in the Church; the figure [...]

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