WHEN GUIDELINES ARE NOT ENOUGH

May 31, 2002

Citing examples from Boston and Milwaukee, Catholic League president William Donohue commented today on some disturbing parallels: “In 1977, Rev. Paul Shanley, the Boston pedophile and homosexual, said that when an adult and child have sex, ‘the adult is not the seducer—the kid is the seducer.’  In 1988, Milwaukee Archbishop Rembert Weakland... [Read more...]

DIOCESAN REVIEW BOARDS NEED RATIONAL CRITERIA

May 29, 2002

There has been much discussion lately about the role of diocesan review boards in assessing charges of priestly sexual misconduct.  Catholic League president William Donohue offered the league’s position on this subject today: “The Catholic League supports lay involvement on diocesan review boards that investigate cases of alleged sexual abuse... [Read more...]

A Time for Redemption

May 23, 2002

by David Reinhard (Catalyst 5/2002) I think the Roman Catholic Church has turned the corner on its priest sexual abuse scandal. Yes, turned the corner. True, the stories about pedophile priests—the crimes and cover-ups—will fill the news and fuel the outrage of Catholics, non-Catholics and anti-Catholics for some time to come. The courts, civil... [Read more...]

THE CASE OF ARCHBISHOP WEAKLAND: TIME FOR AN ETHICAL STATUTE OF LIMITATIONS

May 23, 2002

Responding to reports that Archbishop Rembert Weakland paid $450,000 to a man who accused him of sexual assault two decades ago is Catholic League president William Donohue: “Any priest who violates his vow of celibacy is guilty of wrongdoing.  Married men and women who break their marital vows are also guilty of wrongdoing.  But it needs to be... [Read more...]

POPE INTERVENES IN SCANDAL; MEDIA BLITZ HITS LEAGUE

May 23, 2002

On April 23-24, Pope John Paul II summoned U.S. cardinals to Rome indicating a real turning point in the sex abuse scandal that has rocked the Catholic Church. The Holy Father clearly understands the gravity of the problem and that is why he directly intervened in this matter. Even before the cardinals met with the pope, some activists were anxiously... [Read more...]

JUSTICE IN OKLAHOMA

May 23, 2002

An inappropriate joke about a Catholic priest is told at a function sponsored by the state of Oklahoma. A Catholic layman in attendance objects. Nothing is done. He contacts the Catholic League. An apology is forthcoming. Here’s what happened. At a “Partnership Series” substance abuse workshop, an instructor opened his seminar by... [Read more...]

WE HAD TWO CHOICES: SHUT UP OR SPEAK UP

May 23, 2002

William A. Donohue The Catholic League had two choices in dealing with the sex abuse scandal in the Catholic Church: shut up or speak up. I decided we should speak up. To shut up would have been to throw the floor open to every dissident voice in the Church. Moreover, bigots would have gone unanswered. So I decided it was better to jump into the ring... [Read more...]

A TIME FOR REDEMPTION

May 23, 2002

BY  DAVID  REINHARD I think the Roman Catholic Church has turned the corner on its priest sexual abuse scandal. Yes, turned the corner. True, the stories about pedophile priests—the crimes and cover-ups—will fill the news and fuel the outrage of Catholics, non-Catholics and anti-Catholics for some time to come. The courts, civil and criminal,... [Read more...]

NEW BOOK ON PIUS XII

May 23, 2002

Sister Margherita Marchione, Ph.D., has a new book on Pope Pius XII that we would like to recommend. Consensus and Controversy: Defending Pope Pius XII, draws on extensive documentation from the war years. It can be purchased from Paulist Press for $24.95 plus shipping and handling. Call toll free at 1-800-218-1903.  Read More →

APOLOGY NOTED

May 23, 2002

In my March “President’s Desk” article, I wrote about the Copia art exhibit. In doing so I mentioned how I didn’t care a fig about Catalonian traditions (the offending artist is Catalonian). One of our members, Dr. Josep G. Llaurado, is Catalonian and was offended by my comment. I want to apologize to him for appearing insensitive... [Read more...]

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