Long Island Chapter
The League’s Long Island chapter held its annual Communion Breakfast on Sunday, April 25 at Chaminade High School in Mineola. The guest speaker was Rev. Robert Batule, a noted author and lecturer who serves as associate pastor at St. Martha in Uniondale. Father Batule’s topic was “The Decline of Catholic Culture.” He discussed ways in which the Catholic League can help to revitalize and renew Catholic culture in our society.
In other chapter news, fifteen members of the Chaminade chapter attended the April 18 opening of the Nassau County Holocaust Museum.
Two round-trip tickets to Warsaw, Poland, compliments of LOT Airlines, the Polish national carrier, were given away at a drawing held in con- junction with the chapter’s annual brunch at the Drake Hotel on May 2. The lucky winner was Fr. J. Austin Graff, an 85-year-old retired priest of the Chicago Archdiocese. On learning of his good fortune, Father Graff exclaimed that he had always wanted to visit the Shrine of Our Lady of Czestochowa. Congratulations to Father Graff and we hope he enjoys his trip to Poland.
Washington, DC Chapter
On Friday, May 14, the chapter hosted a talk by Major Melissa Wells-Petry, a member of the Judge Advocate General’s Corps of the United States Army and currently the military’s expert on attempts to lift the gay ban.
She filled in on less than 24 hours notice for Mrs. Mary Cummins, the scheduled speaker who was forced to cancel her appearance because of ill- ness. (Mrs. Cummins is a member of Queens, New York, Community School Board No. 24, which was the storm center in the New York school controversy involving distribution of condoms without parental consent and adoption of the infamous “Rainbow” curriculum with its “gay and lesbian” agenda.)
Major Wells-Petry has appeared on ABC Nightline, Good Morning America, PBS, and C-Span. She is the author of Exclusion: Homosexuals and the Right to Serve., a book that is available through the Catholic League.
Philadelphia/South Jersey Chapter
Chapter Executive Director Jim Nolan and chapter members Art Delaney and John Stanton are scheduled to testify during hearings on a domestic partners bill in the city of Philadelphia.
The chapter is also paying close attention to new parental choice in education legislation which has been introduced at the state level. Pennsylvania came very close to passing a bill last session and choice advocates are very optimistic this year.