SHOULD PRACTICING CATHOLICS HOLD PUBLIC OFFICE?

April 30, 2002

In today’s edition of Newsday, the Long Island daily, columnist Paul Vitello questions the propriety of allowing Nassau County District Attorney Denis Dillon to investigate allegations of sexual misconduct against priests.  Dillon is a practicing Catholic.  For Vitello, this is sufficient grounds to disqualify Dillon from any further investigation... [Read more...]

CARDINALS’ MEETING PROVES FRUITFUL IF INCOMPLETE

April 24, 2002

Catholic League president William Donohue commented today on the two letters issued by the 12 U.S. cardinals in Rome regarding the sex abuse scandal in the U.S.  His comments also reflect his sentiments on the press conference that was held following the meeting.  Here is what he had to say: “The meeting of the U.S. cardinals in Rome proved to be... [Read more...]

PHILADELPHIA D.A. LAUNCHES WITCH HUNT AGAINST PHILADELPHIA ARCHDIOCESE

April 24, 2002

District Attorney Lynne Abraham announced today that she will convene a grand jury to investigate allegations of sexual abuse by priests in Philadelphia.  She said the grand jury will investigate “all allegations involving priests whether they are dead, dismissed or retired.”  The Archdiocese of Philadelphia, though surprised by her decision,... [Read more...]

POPE PUTS THE ISSUE IN FOCUS

April 23, 2002

Catholic League president William Donohue issued the following statement today regarding the pope’s statement on the sex abuse scandal in the Catholic Church: “Pope John Paul II showed his superb leadership today branding sex abuse by priests a ‘crime.’  And his focus on the victims was right on target.  The Holy Father’s blunt language... [Read more...]

RED CROSS APOLOGIZES FOR BAN ON RELIGIOUS SPEECH

April 23, 2002

On March 11, the Catholic League went on a tear against the American Red Cross. Four hours later we got what we wanted: a reversal of its newly minted policy banning religious speech at its functions and a much-deserved apology. The pressure we put on the American Red Cross was enormous. We asked over 100 organizations to drop their support for the... [Read more...]

SPITZER BACKS OFF

April 23, 2002

In the last edition of Catalyst, we reported on the efforts of New York State Attorney General Eliot Spitzer to try to close down crisis pregnancy centers throughout the state. On March 1, he announced that he had withdrawn his subpoenas. Spitzer, who works closely with NARAL and other pro-abortion groups, targeted the abortion alternative centers... [Read more...]

OF PRIESTS AND PEDERASTY

April 23, 2002

William A. Donohue Every priest, religious and Catholic lay person I admire is furious with the extent of the pederasty problem in the clergy and the way it’s been handled. Indeed, if someone claims to be a good Catholic and isn’t outraged, I’d begin to wonder. It always hurts more when those whom we trust let us down. Having said this, I hasten... [Read more...]

TRIUMPH: AN ANSWER TO CATHOLIC REVISIONISTS

April 23, 2002

By Russell Shaw In the last several years the culture war against the Catholic Church has been extended to a new battleground—the writing of history. It is not the first time this has happened, since it has long been known that he who gets to tell the story of the past his way can reasonably hope to shape the future. Think of the “Black Legend”... [Read more...]

GAINESVILLE COLLEGE REMOVES OFFENSIVE ART AFTER PROTEST

April 23, 2002

The Catholic League began its protest of an art exhibit at a Gainesville college on February 28. On March 12, we declared victory. It was on February 28 that we learned of an art exhibit at Santa Fe Community College in Gainesville, Florida; it began on February 8 and was to run through March 29. The school decided to host an exhibit by Pat Payne, “A... [Read more...]

RASH OF CARTOONS ON PEDOPHILIA

April 23, 2002

News reports on the problem of priests engaged in the sexual molestation of youngsters led to a rash of cartoons lampooning the Church. Clearly the most objectionable ones were those that portrayed all priests as predators. Newspapers which ran such cartoons included the New York Times, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Dayton Daily News, South Bend Tribune,... [Read more...]

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