June Issue 2014

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COMPLAINT TO U.N. FILED; BIAS AGAINST HOLY SEE NOTED

By |2017-03-20T17:50:15+00:00July 3rd, 2014|Categories: Catalyst, Front Page|Tags: |

On May 15, Bill Donohue lodged a formal complaint with Ms. Navanethem Pillay, High Commissioner for the Human Rights Office of the U.N. in Geneva, Switzerland. Donohue charged that Felice Gaer, Vice–Chairperson of the Committee Against Torture, has compromised her objectivity and thus has no legitimate role to play in policing the policies of U.N. member [...]

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SATANISTS AT HARVARD

By |2017-03-20T17:50:15+00:00July 3rd, 2014|Categories: Catalyst, Front Page|Tags: |

On May 7, the Catholic League protested a scheduled "Black Mass" on the campus of Harvard University; the Satanic event, which was designed to ridicule the Mass, was set for May 12. But it was cancelled just hours before it was to take place. The initial response from the university was wholly unsatisfactory, but on the [...]

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FREE SPEECH UNDER FIRE

By |2017-03-20T17:50:15+00:00July 3rd, 2014|Categories: Catalyst, From The President's Desk|Tags: |

William A. Donohue Over and over again, I have said that I would prefer to suffer the indignity of having my religion trashed before endorsing the right of the government to censor the offensive speech. Would there ever be an exception? Of course—no right is absolute. But in almost all cases, having the government silence the [...]

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THE MEDIA, THE POPE, AND DISINFORMATION

By |2017-03-20T17:50:15+00:00July 3rd, 2014|Categories: Catalyst, Essay|Tags: |

Ronald J. Rychlak On March 22, 2014, Pope Francis received a group of Italian broadcasters at the Vatican. In an unscripted address, he defined the virtues, mission, and sins of the communication media. While encouraging the broadcasters to carry out their work along the paths of truth, goodness, and beauty, he also warned them about three [...]

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THE POLITICS OF “JESUS’ WIFE”

By |2014-07-03T13:53:45+00:00July 3rd, 2014|Categories: Catalyst, Features|Tags: |

In 2007, the media were agog over the claim by "Titanic" director James Cameron and TV-director Simcha Jacobovici that the Jesus family tomb had been found. Cameron declared that it had been determined "beyond any reasonable doubt" that the tomb of Jesus and his family had been found. It didn't take long before it was revealed [...]

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“SERRANO’S ART” AUCTIONED BY SOTHEBY’S

By |2014-07-03T13:52:11+00:00July 3rd, 2014|Categories: Catalyst, Features|Tags: |

Just a couple of weeks ago, Sotheby's auctioned the Andres Serrano masterpiece, "Piss Christ," at 9:30 a.m. The taxpayers were forced to fund this "art" in 1987 to the tune of $15,000; it was supported by the National Endowment for the Arts. "Piss Christ" is Serrano's primary contribution to Western Civilization: he urinated in a jar [...]

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SEXUAL ASSAULT ON CAMPUS

By |2017-03-20T17:50:15+00:00July 3rd, 2014|Categories: Catalyst, Features|Tags: |

Earlier this year, President Barack Obama established a White House Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assault. We commend him for that, but more needs to be done. Colleges and universities need to get up to speed with the progress made by the Catholic Church in combating sexual assault. Moreover, public officials, beginning with President [...]

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PASADENA’S PR PROBLEM

By |2017-03-20T17:50:15+00:00July 3rd, 2014|Categories: Catalyst, Features|Tags: |

Bill Donohue visited Pasadena in the 1990s and found it to be a great city. Unfortunately, its reputation has been tarnished by a series of blunders, all made by public institutions. Filmmaker Dustin Lance Black contends he was invited to give this year's commencement address at Pasadena City College (PCC), and was then disinvited because a [...]

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PRAYER AT COUNCIL MEETINGS AFFIRMED

By |2017-03-20T17:50:15+00:00July 3rd, 2014|Categories: Catalyst, Features|Tags: |

The U.S. Supreme Court's 5-4 ruling quite properly considered, and rejected, a challenge to the customary prayers that are said at town council meetings across the nation. These prayers are ceremonial in nature, and, as former Chief Justice Warren Burger said, they are "deeply embedded in the history and tradition of the country." Indeed, the high [...]

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KERRY’S DISTURBING RELIGION REMARKS

By |2014-07-03T13:51:00+00:00July 3rd, 2014|Categories: Catalyst, Features|Tags: |

Secretary of State John Kerry congratulated the U.S. Embassy staff in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on May 1 for promoting "a universal message about the rights of people to be free, about democracy, about the ability of people to be able to choose their government and not be oppressed when they speak out or say something." He [...]

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