Annual Report on Anti-Catholicism

The War on Christmas

November We sent all 50 governors a manger scene to be displayed during the Christmas season, and most did not have the courtesy of even replying. As you can see from the list below, we received the best regional response from the South; the worst came from the West Coast. New York returned the crèche, though the letter we received was respectful:... [Read more...]


Miscellaneous January 5 Joliet, IL – A large painting depicting the history of Jesus Christ, displayed for the Christmas season, was stolen from a home. January 10 Wilkes-Barre, PA – A student of Kings College was found urinating on the Wilkes-Barre’s city nativity scene. January 13 Tuscaloosa, AL – A statue of Jesus was stolen from the Catholic... [Read more...]


PAPAL WITCH-HUNT In the spring of 2010, there was a concerted effort by the media, led by the New York Times, to blame Pope Benedict XVI for the sex abuse scandal in the Roman Catholic Church. What follows is a list of news releases that we issued on the role that the New York Times played in this papal witch-hunt: March 15: NEW YORK TIMES GUNNING... [Read more...]


Executive Summary Every year in the Catholic League’s history has its similarities and unique qualities. What made 2009 so different from past years was the extent to which government threatened the rights of Catholics and the Catholic Church. That it occurred at the local, state and federal levels made the onslaught all the more ominous. Americans... [Read more...]


Activist Organizations January 3 San Francisco, CA – Opponents of Proposition 8 vandalized Most Holy Redeemer Catholic Church, in the heart of San Francisco’s gay Castro community; the California resolution, passed by voters in November 2008, rejected the legalization of gay marriage. Swastikas were painted on the church and the names “Ratzinger”... [Read more...]

The Arts

February 12 – 14, 26 – 28 Orlando & Tampa, FL – The art show “Nude Nite” appeared over two weekends in two separate cities. The exhibition featured a couple of pieces that were disturbing. A painting, “Easter Candy,” by Emily Hogan, depicted the Blessed Mother with a breast exposed and a chocolate Easter bunny nursing from her. In... [Read more...]


March 25 New York, NY – The manager of the New York Palace Hotel was fired after ordering an employee to remove ashes from his forehead on Ash Wednesday. The managing director of the posh hotel—located across the street from St. Patrick’s Cathedral—told a bell captain to “wipe that f*****g s**t off [his] face.” September 24 – 25 Rockford,... [Read more...]


January 22 Spokane, WA – Officials at the Community Colleges of Spokane and Spokane Falls Community College threatened pro-life students with expulsion if they held a pro-life event on the anniversary of Roe v. Wade. The officials deemed the students’ message “discriminatory” and “biased.” The Alliance Defense Fund filed a lawsuit against... [Read more...]


January 23 Bills were introduced in both houses of the Maryland legislature—sponsored by Delores Goodwin Kelley in the Senate and C. Sue Hecht in the House—that would have continued the duplicitous way private and public institutions are treated. These bills continued the outrageous insulation afforded public schools: under the law, claims are limited... [Read more...]


January 6 Eugene, OR – Two notes, carrying a bomb threat and an anti-Catholic message, were stuck on the doors of two separate Catholic schools, canceling classes. January 9 Philadelphia, PA – A burglar broke into a convent at Holy Family University. The burglar stole money and some of the nuns’ personal religious items. January 11 Mechanicsburg,... [Read more...]

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