January/February Issue 2019

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VICTORY FOR PRIESTS’ RIGHTS; AMICUS BRIEF PREVAILS

By |2019-01-31T20:15:33+00:00January 31st, 2019|Categories: Catalyst, Front Page|Tags: |

On December 3, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruled in a 6-1 decision that the Pennsylvania grand jury report on the Catholic clergy cannot make public the names of 11 priests who challenged the release of their identities; they claimed that doing so would violate their reputational rights as guaranteed by the state constitution. The Catholic League [...]

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DNC RIPS CHRISTIANS

By |2019-01-31T20:15:07+00:00January 31st, 2019|Categories: Catalyst, Front Page|Tags: |

The chairman of the Democratic National Committee, Tom Perez, has a problem with Christians. He thinks they are stupid. Speaking on December 6 at a liberal gathering in Washington, D.C., Perez appeared unhinged as he delivered a whining speech over the inability of Democrats to get their message across. He identified three obstacles: "Fox News, their [...]

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STANDING FAST FOR PRIESTS’ RIGHTS

By |2019-01-31T20:13:32+00:00January 31st, 2019|Categories: Catalyst, From The President's Desk|Tags: |

William A. Donohue The average detainee in Guantanamo Bay has more rights than the average accused priest in America does today. Those who doubt this to be true can begin by naming all of the left-wing activist organizations and civil libertarian groups that are defending the rights of accused priests. By contrast, accused Muslim terrorists in [...]

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THE LEGACY OF “BILLY DOE”

By |2019-01-31T20:12:58+00:00January 31st, 2019|Categories: Catalyst, Essay|Tags: |

Ralph Cipriano With the Catholic Church under legal assault by prosecutors in 14 states, the case of a former Philadelphia altar boy dubbed "Billy Doe" serves as a cautionary tale that not every priest accused of sex abuse is automatically guilty. The case also shows that crusading prosecutors don't always play by the rules. And that [...]

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MEDIA IGNORE POPE’S REMARKS ON GAY PRIESTS

By |2019-01-31T20:12:08+00:00January 31st, 2019|Categories: Catalyst, Features|Tags: |

When it comes to reporting what Pope Francis says about sexuality, the reaction of the mainstream media is stunning. Whenever he says something they consider ill-liberal, they simply don't report it. The cover-up continued recently when excerpts from a new book by the pope, The Strength of a Vocation, were made public. The Holy Father spoke [...]

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MEDIA POLITICS EXPLAIN POPE COVERAGE

By |2019-01-31T20:10:55+00:00January 31st, 2019|Categories: Catalyst, Features|Tags: |

A cardinal holds a beatification ceremony in Algeria for 19 monks, nuns and other Catholics who were killed during Algeria's civil war in the 1990s. Pope Francis addresses an international conference celebrating the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights wherein he highlights the rights of the unborn. It is not a stretch to [...]

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NATIVITY SCENE ERECTED IN CENTRAL PARK

By |2019-01-31T20:10:20+00:00January 31st, 2019|Categories: Catalyst, Features|Tags: |

Can religious symbols be displayed on public property? Yes, but it is a qualified yes. In December, the Catholic League erected a life-size nativity scene in Central Park, on a piece of public property in front of the Plaza Hotel, between 58th and 59th Street on 5th Avenue. We received a permit from the New York [...]

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BANNING CHRISTMAS IN THE SCHOOLS

By |2019-01-31T20:09:39+00:00January 31st, 2019|Categories: Catalyst, Features|Tags: |

There is much ignorance about the state of the constitutional law as it applies to Christmas celebrations in the public schools. To cut to the quick—they are permitted. A Christmas play by the Minden Junior Service League, performed at Minden High School in Webster Parish, Louisiana, was recently the source of much controversy. Two of the [...]

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BOY SCOUTS TOOK THE INCLUSION BAIT

By |2019-01-31T20:07:21+00:00January 31st, 2019|Categories: Catalyst, Features|Tags: |

The Boy Scouts of America (BSA) is exploring the possibility of declaring bankruptcy. How could an organization which had roughly 5.5 million members in the early 1970s, and now commands only 2.3 million, collapse so rapidly? Several factors are at work, but none are more important than the left-wing assaults on the BSA, and the role [...]

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BOSTON GLOBE REJECTS REQUEST FOR DATA

By |2019-01-31T20:06:42+00:00January 31st, 2019|Categories: Catalyst, Features|Tags: |

Bill Donohue On November 4, there was a front-page story in the Boston Globe alleging that more than 130 bishops, or about a third of those still living, have been accused of "failing to adequately respond to sexual misconduct in their dioceses." The news story, which was based on a study by reporters from the Globe [...]

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