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MEDIA BARRAGE ON THE CHURCH; THE QUEST FOR DIRT

By |2020-01-27T20:53:15+00:00January 27th, 2020|Categories: Catalyst, Front Page|Tags: |

The year ended with a barrage of media stories on the Catholic Church, the likes of which we've not seen for some time. What made this flurry of negative stories so different is that they were mostly non-stories. In other words, the media ran articles about clergy sexual abuse that failed to uncover anything new. There [...]

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CHRISTMAS ATTACKS

By |2020-01-27T20:53:15+00:00January 27th, 2020|Categories: Catalyst, Front Page|Tags: |

The Christmas haters made their presence felt this past season; their antics varied considerably. Vandals struck Catholic churches throughout the country: arson, burglary and theft were among the most common offenses. Crosses were smashed, obscene inscriptions were left, and satanic displays were also featured. A third-grade enactment of the nativity scene was banned when atheists went [...]

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MEDIA MAKE UP DIRT THEY CANNOT FIND

By |2020-01-27T20:53:16+00:00January 27th, 2020|Categories: Catalyst, From The President's Desk|Tags: |

A recent NBC poll of Catholics who work for the Church found that 64 percent do not believe the media have been fair in their coverage of the clergy sexual abuse scandal. If you want to know why, just read this issue of Catalyst. There are still good reporters and editors, but unfortunately there are too [...]

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2019 YEAR IN REVIEW

By |2020-01-27T20:53:16+00:00January 27th, 2020|Categories: Catalyst, Essay|Tags: |

Bill Donohue The following is an excerpt from a longer piece that is posted on our website under Annual Reports/Year in Review. When the year began, I was anxiously awaiting an opportunity to defend the Catholic Church in one of those storied debates sponsored by the Oxford Union. The debate was scheduled for February. But in [...]

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PURSUING OLD CASES OF ABUSE IS AN INJUSTICE

By |2020-01-27T20:53:16+00:00January 27th, 2020|Categories: Catalyst, Features|Tags: |

Church-suing lawyers celebrated the holidays with a boatload of new cases, all in the name of justice. In reality, more injustice than justice will be rendered. The steeple-chasers are jumping on the bandwagon effect of the Pennsylvania grand jury report that was issued in 2018. A comprehensive news story by the Associated Press details how 15 [...]

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WHY DOES CNN HATE THE CATHOLIC CHURCH?

By |2020-01-27T20:53:16+00:00January 27th, 2020|Categories: Catalyst, Features|Tags: |

In the more than 26 years Bill Donohue has spent at the Catholic League, never has he read a more irresponsible, and just plain dumb, report on clergy sexual abuse in the Catholic Church until he read the CNN Interactive report, "Pedophile Priests Operated at this California School for Decades." It was featured on the front [...]

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PA GRAND JURY REPORTS MAY BE ABOLISHED

By |2020-01-27T20:53:16+00:00January 27th, 2020|Categories: Catalyst, Features|Tags: |

The table has been set for grand jury reports in Pennsylvania to be abolished. That was the recommendation of the Investigating Grand Jury Task Force. The panel was established in 2017, a year before Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro issued his discredited grand jury report on Catholic priests in the state. While the task force recommendation [...]

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WCPO CHURCH PROBE SMACKS OF BIAS

By |2020-01-27T20:53:17+00:00January 27th, 2020|Categories: Catalyst, Features|Tags: |

The ABC affiliate in Cincinnati, WCPO, recently launched a three-month investigation into Ohio's Catholic dioceses and religious orders seeking to learn how they track priests and brothers who have been accused of sexually abusing minors. The "I-team" did not investigate any other religious body in the state, nor did it launch a probe of any secular [...]

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NBC SURVEY OF CHURCH EMPLOYEES IS REVEALING

By |2020-01-27T20:53:17+00:00January 27th, 2020|Categories: Catalyst, Features|Tags: |

There have been many polls of Catholics, but until now there has not been a survey of those who work for the Catholic Church. NBC has filled that void. Those who work for the Church are listed in the Official Catholic Directory. NBC Owned Television stations around the nation distributed the survey to more than 32,000 [...]

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WISCONSIN PUBLIC RADIO’S HIT JOB ON THE CHURCH

By |2020-01-27T20:53:17+00:00January 27th, 2020|Categories: Catalyst, Features|Tags: |

Why is the public paying for public radio? Have we a shortage of media outlets these days? That is the real question. For now, however, we must deal with their abuses. Recently, Wisconsin Public Radio (WPR) ran a story on the Catholic Church that was much ado about nothing. It tried hard to find new instances [...]

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