October Issue 2019

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VICTORY IN VIRGINIA; BIGOTED APPOINTEE RESIGNS

By |2019-10-31T14:02:42+00:00October 31st, 2019|Categories: Catalyst, Front Page|Tags: |

When we learned that Virginia Governor Ralph Northam appointed an anti-Catholic bigot to a state council on women's issues, we went into high gear: we launched a massive protest, enlisting everyone on our email list. Moreover, Richmond Bishop Barry Knestout and Arlington Bishop Michael Burbidge spoke out forcefully against her. Three days later she resigned. Gail [...]

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HARRIS UNHINGED

By |2019-10-31T14:02:42+00:00October 31st, 2019|Categories: Catalyst, Front Page|Tags: |

Following the September 12 Democratic debate, Sen. Kamala Harris criticized ABC panelists for not asking about abortion. The debate, she said, "was three hours long and not one question about abortion or reproductive rights." Maybe that's because no one on the stage was pro-life. Indeed, what separates one Democratic presidential candidate from the other on abortion [...]

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MISSOURI AG PLAYS POLITICS

By |2019-10-31T14:02:43+00:00October 31st, 2019|Categories: Catalyst, From The President's Desk|Tags: |

Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt has issued a 185-page report on sexual abuse in the Catholic Church committed by priests, deacons, seminarians, and nuns. The Attorney General's office reviewed more than 2,000 files on priests who worked in Missouri since 1945. It also read the files of more than 300 deacons, seminarians, and nuns. News reports [...]

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THE WESTERN WORLD IS DEEPLY TROUBLED

By |2019-10-31T14:02:43+00:00October 31st, 2019|Categories: Book Review, Catalyst|Tags: |

Bill Donohue Robert Cardinal Sarah, The Day Is Now Far Spent (Ignatius Press) Many observers have commented on the decline of Western civilization, but among Catholic students of this subject, no one captures the essence of what has happened better than Robert Cardinal Sarah. What makes his analysis so potent is that he is not of [...]

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THE DEMOCRATS SPURN PEOPLE OF FAITH

By |2019-10-31T14:02:43+00:00October 31st, 2019|Categories: Catalyst, Features|Tags: |

On August 24, the Democratic National Committee unanimously passed a resolution, spawned by the Secular Coalition for America, that formally embraced agnostics, atheists, and the unaffiliated. The resolution heralded their "value, ethical soundness, and importance," boasting of their multiple contributions to society. There is nothing wrong with any political party reaching out to those who are [...]

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USCCB ARGUMENTS ON LGBT RIGHTS ARE SOUND

By |2019-10-31T14:02:43+00:00October 31st, 2019|Categories: Catalyst, Features|Tags: |

When the Congress passed the 1964 Civil Rights Act it was principally concerned about undoing racial discrimination against African Americans; to a lesser extent, it was aimed at providing equal protection for women. Title VII bans discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, or national origin. LGBT activists have long argued that the category [...]

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NY STATE INTRUDES INTO CATHOLIC SCHOOLS

By |2019-10-31T14:02:43+00:00October 31st, 2019|Categories: Catalyst, Features|Tags: |

The New York State Education Department (NYSED) is considering a proposal that would greatly increase state oversight over private and religious schools—threatening the academic autonomy and religious freedom of Catholic schools. The proposed regulations would delegate direct oversight of private and religious schools to the superintendents and school boards of the public school districts in which [...]

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U.N. COMMEMORATES RELIGIOUS PERSECUTION

By |2019-10-31T14:02:43+00:00October 31st, 2019|Categories: Catalyst, Features|Tags: |

August 22 was a United Nations milestone: it was the International Day Commemorating the Victims of Acts of Violence Based on Religion or Belief. A resolution marking this day was unanimously passed in May; it was introduced by Poland, no stranger to religious persecution. On May 28, Poland's foreign minister, Jacek Czaputowicz, addressed the General Assembly [...]

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CHURCH TRASHED AFTER DRAG QUEEN PROTEST

By |2019-10-31T14:02:44+00:00October 31st, 2019|Categories: Catalyst, Features|Tags: |

Recently, when the leader of the South Bay Pentecostal Church in Chula Vista, California learned that the city was sponsoring a Drag Queen Story Time event at the local public library, he protested. Pastor Amado Huizar, and his congregation, found it inappropriate to use taxpayers' dollars to fund a Drag Queen Story Hour. The mayor sided [...]

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CHRISTIAN NATIONALISM IS A FICTION Part I

By |2019-10-31T14:02:44+00:00October 31st, 2019|Categories: Catalyst, Features|Tags: |

We live in a world of fiction: the fiction that a pregnant woman is not really carrying a baby; the fiction that two men can actually marry; the fiction that a male is a female merely because he says he is. And so on. We even have ideological strands of fiction, the latest of which is [...]

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