Congratulations, Archbishop Burke

June 27, 2008

Archbishop Raymond Burke of St. Louis has been chosen by Pope Benedict XVI to be the Prefect of the Apostolic Signatura, the highest court in the Vatican.  He will hear appeals of decisions issued by lower Church courts.  A canon lawyer, Archbishop Burke has been a champion of orthodoxy in St. Louis since he became the archbishop in January 2004. ... [Read more...]

DEMOCRATS REACH OUT TO CATHOLICS

June 27, 2008

Two evangelical leaders, Rev. Jim Wallis and Rev. Tony Campolo, have pledged to reach out to Catholics and evangelicals by pushing the Democratic Party to change its Party Platform on abortion. Wallis told ABC News that “Abortion reduction should be a central Democratic Party plank in this election.” But he also stressed that no legal restrictions... [Read more...]

SALLY QUINN’S NARCISSISM

June 25, 2008

The funeral Mass for Tim Russert was held at Trinity Church in Georgetown a week ago today. Attending was Sally Quinn. She is aWashington Post journalist and founder and co-moderator of On Faith, aWashington Post and Newsweek blog. Quinn, who was an atheist most of her life, posted on Monday why she decided to go to Communion: “Last Wednesday... [Read more...]

LGBT PRAYER SERVICE NIXED IN MINNEAPOLIS

June 25, 2008

For the past several years, there has been a prayer service for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) Catholics at St. Joan of Arc in Minneapolis prior to the annual Twin Cities Pride Celebration. But not this year. The prayer service, scheduled for tonight, will instead be a “peace” service; there will be no mention of rights for the LGBT... [Read more...]

Cultural Issues Dominate

June 24, 2008

Those who have tried to sell the notion that economic issues can draw religious conservatives to move left cannot be too happy with the findings of the latest Pew survey. As reported in today’s New York Times, “The survey confirms findings from previous studies that the most religiously and politically conservative Americans are those who attend... [Read more...]

PASTOR HAGEE APOLOGIZES; DONOHUE-HAGEE MEET

June 24, 2008

In a letter to Bill Donohue dated May 12 (click here), Pastor John Hagee apologized for offending Catholics. “I want to express my deep regret,” he said, “for any comments that Catholics have found hurtful.” Donohue was quick to accept the apology. On May 15, the two men met at Catholic League headquarters for the first time. Hagee’s letter... [Read more...]

OBAMA CONTROVERSY

June 24, 2008

When Sen. Barack Obama recently announced the formation of his Catholic National Advisory Council, he said he was “deeply honored to have the support and counsel of these committed Catholic leaders, scholars and advocates.” We quickly urged him “to dissolve it immediately.” Of the 26 Catholic former or current public office holders listed as... [Read more...]

INTERNET PLUSES AND MINUSES

June 24, 2008

William A. Donohue Libel laws in this country divide the population in two: private persons and public persons. Following New York Times v. Sullivan in 1964, the former category is entitled to plenty of protection while the latter is not. In other words, if someone smears the average person, he or she can sue and has a good chance of winning. If someone... [Read more...]

DONOHUE AND HAGEE MEET

June 24, 2008

The following article was written by Deal Hudson, the publisher of the website, InsideCatholic. It first appeared on CatholicOnline on May 16 and is reprinted here with permission. Hudson, who attended the May 15 meeting with Bill Donohue and Pastor Hagee (along with Hagee’s wife and his associate, David Brog), recounts here what happened. Today at... [Read more...]

CATHOLICISM’S MELTING POT

June 24, 2008

The following is an excerpt from Sam Roberts during the weekly New York Times podcast, “Only in New York.” The podcast ran on May 15: “William Donohue’s calendar the other day was bookended by two historic events. “Donohue is the president of the Catholic League for Civil and Religious Rights in Manhattan. Earlier in the day, he was scheduled... [Read more...]

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