Sources in the Conspiracy-Pseudoscience category may publish unverifiable information that is not always supported by evidence. These sources may be untrustworthy for credible/verifiable information, therefore fact checking and further investigation is recommended on a per article basis when obtaining information from these sources. See all Conspiracy-Pseudoscience sources.
- Overall, we rate Catholic Online far-right Biased and Mixed for factual reporting based on the promotion of both conspiracy theories and pseudoscience.
Factual Reporting: MIXED
World Press Freedom Rank: USA 45/180
Catholic Online provides “Catholic News for Catholics and All People of God, to Help them Deepen their understanding of their Catholic Faith.” In reality, this is a conspiracy/pseudoscience website that is not always factual.
Funded by / Ownership
The website is funded through advertising, donations, subscriptions, and the sale of merchandise. In other words, this site is desperately trying to capitalize on its followers.
Analysis / Bias
In reporting news, Catholic Online has a strong right-wing bias through story selection. For example, there is an article that celebrates President Trump’s decision to ban transgender persons from the military, citing moral obligation. In another article, they report about witches (liberals) gathering together to put a spell on Trump. Further, in this article, they cite the source WND, which has a terrible track record with fact-checkers. Lastly, Catholic Online publishes far-right conspiracies such as Hillary Clinton being very sick and dying. Obviously, this is/was without evidence as she is healthy today. In this same article, they also predicted that if Clinton had won the election terrible things would happen to the USA, presumably by God.
Overall, we rate Catholic Online far-right Biased and Mixed for factual reporting based on the promotion of both conspiracy theories and pseudoscience. (D. Van Zandt 8/1/2017) Updated (9/1/2018)