NEW HAMPSHIRE BILL TARGETS CONFESSIONAL

January 30, 2006

The New Hampshire state legislature is currently considering a bill (House Bill 1127) sponsored by Representative Mary Stuart Gile that would mandate all members of the clergy to report instances of suspected child abuse to the authorities, allowing of no exceptions.  The bill seeks to remove the priest-penitent privilege that has traditionally been... [Read more...]

PELOSI DEFINES “PEOPLE OF FAITH”

January 27, 2006

At the National Press Club yesterday, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi commented on President Bush’s upcoming State of the Union address.  In doing so, she touched on the subject of values and religion.  Referring to Democrats, she said that the “best way…for us to speak to people of faith is in terms of the work we do; in terms of the budget,... [Read more...]

IS ROLLING STONE RACIST?

January 25, 2006

On the cover of the new Rolling Stone magazine, due to hit newsstands January 27, is a picture of hip-hop artist Kanye West wearing a crown of thorns with “blood” streaming down his face.  The article, “The Passion of Kanye West,” reveals the Grammy nominee’s personal reflections on a range of subjects. Catholic League president Bill Donohue... [Read more...]

NBC DUMPS “THE BOOK OF DANIEL”

January 24, 2006

Here’s what Catholic League president Bill Donohue said today about NBC-TV’s decision to cancel “The Book of Daniel”: “A story posted on worldnetdaily.com earlier in the day said that the NBC-TV show, ‘The Book of Daniel,’ has been cancelled.  We have since confirmed the veracity of this story with an NBC affiliate producer; an internal... [Read more...]

DEMOCRATS, CATHOLICS AND ABORTION

January 20, 2006

Catholic League president Bill Donohue commented as follows: “Now that we’re on the eve of the 33rd anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the time is apropos to investigate whether the Democratic Party is (a) making an effort to reach out to Catholics, and (b) rethinking its position on abortion. “After a majority of Catholics voted for a Protestant over... [Read more...]

OPEN LETTER TO ELIOT SPITZER

January 19, 2006

Catholic League president Bill Donohue wrote the following letter today to New York State Attorney General Eliot Spitzer: Governor George Pataki recently proposed tuition tax credits for private schools, including parochial ones.  I had hoped that you would support this plan, but instead you have chosen to remain non-committal.  If anything, you seem... [Read more...]

A Pro-Life Public

January 19, 2006

By Kate O’Beirne (Catalyst January/February 2006) For over thirty years, the plain words of Roe and Doe have been distorted by the media. On the 30th anniversary of the decisions, media polls reflected the ongoing disinformation campaign. CNN asked, “Do you favor the Supreme Court ruling that women have the right to an abortion during... [Read more...]

PRO-LIFE MESSAGE ANGERS BAY AREA LOONS

January 13, 2006

The Respect Life Ministry of the Oakland Diocese is waging a PR campaign in BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit) trains promoting a pro-life message.  One of the ads, “9 MONTHS,” calls attention to the amount of time the Supreme Court allows abortions to take place.  The other ad reads, “The Supreme Court says you can choose: after the heart starts... [Read more...]

WHITE HOUSE AND LANDS’ END TRIGGER DISPUTES

January 7, 2006

On Friday, December 2, Bill Donohue received a Christmas card from the President and the First Lady (see below). He was pleased to get the card and was only slightly miffed to discover that it did not say “Merry Christmas.” But later in the day he found something out that made him perturbed. Alan Cooperman, the senior religion reporter for... [Read more...]

AIMING FOR ALITO

January 7, 2006

By all accounts, Samuel Alito is a brilliant, honorable man who is well qualified to be on the U.S. Supreme Court. But he has his enemies, almost all of whom are driven by ideology. There are some, too, who fear that if his nomination succeeds, the high court will be dominated by Catholics. Prominent among Alito’s critics is Americans United for... [Read more...]

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