SEXUAL ABUSE OF MINORS: ONE STANDARD FOR PRIESTS, ANOTHER FOR OTHERS?

Catholic League president William Donohue offered the following remarks today on the way priests are being held accountable for sexual molestation of minors, and the way lawmakers are handling this situation with regards to others: “There are two different, but related, stories on priestly sexual misconduct in today’s edition of the New York Times and Newsday that... [Read more...]

PARTING SHOTS AT BILL MAHER

Catholic League president William Donohue offered his parting shots at Bill Maher now that his show is being thrown off the air after tonight: “Over the years we have had a good time reading the enfeebled responses of ABC officials defending Maher’s anti-Catholicism.  In October 1998, we learned that ‘the program goes to great lengths to make... [Read more...]

LEAGUE’S AMICUS IN VOUCHER CASE IS VICTORIOUS

Catholic League president William Donohue addressed the decision made today by the U.S. Supreme Court allowing school vouchers: “This is a victory for the poor that triumphed over the so-called champions of the poor.  Condemned to failing public schools in Cleveland, the poor have long opted for the same equal opportunity afforded the wealthy. ... [Read more...]

FEDERAL COURT BANS PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE; CIVIL DISOBEDIENCE URGED

The decision by the 9th circuit court of appeals to declare the Pledge of Allegiance unconstitutional was addressed today by Catholic League president William Donohue: “In my first book on the ACLU (The Politics of the ACLU), I mentioned that the founder of the organization, Roger Baldwin, had said in his later years that ‘the record will show... [Read more...]

TEXAS BISHOP EDMOND CARMODY SHOWS SPUNK

Edmond Carmody, Bishop of the Corpus Christi Diocese, has banned both the gubernatorial and lieutenant gubernatorial candidates in the Democratic party from speaking at diocesan churches because of their abortion-rights position.  The candidates, Tony Sanchez and John Sharp, are Catholics who say they are personally opposed to abortion but nonetheless... [Read more...]

BISHOPS MAKE PROGRESS BUT MUCH WORK REMAINS

Catholic League president William Donohue commented on the final charter that the bishops approved today in Dallas: “Every fair-minded person will say that the U.S. bishops made much progress in dealing with the issue of child sexual molestation by priests.  But progress is not the same as a satisfactory conclusion. “The draft document that seemed... [Read more...]

NATIONAL CATHOLIC REPORTER EXPLOITS MEDIA

Thomas Fox, publisher of the National Catholic Reporter, warned the media today of the likelihood that the Vatican may veto the document that will be approved this afternoon by the U.S. bishops in Dallas.  Fox based his remarks on a report by John Allen, the Rome correspondent for the weekly newspaper, that appears today on the website of the National... [Read more...]

BISHOPS BEWARE: AGENDAS ARE IN THE AIR

Catholic League president William Donohue issued the following cautionary note today regarding the bishops’ meeting in Dallas: “Even before the meeting begins, some activists have branded it a failure.  Consider Call to Action.  Its spokeswoman, Linda Pieczynski, is quoted as saying, ‘We don’t really trust the bishops to do the right thing... [Read more...]

RULE OF LAW APPLIES—EVEN TO THE CHURCH

Some who are targeting the Catholic Church in the wake of the sex abuse scandal are seeking to exploit the law to make their case.  Catholic League president William Donohue cited the following examples today: “In some parts of the nation, local D.A.’s are seeking to obtain the personnel records of priests extending back decades ago.  But if their... [Read more...]

BILLBOARD ERUPTS IN ANTI-CATHOLIC FUROR

The May 25 edition of Billboard, the music newsweekly, carried a piece by editor-in-chief Timothy White that congratulated Irish singer Sinead O’Connor for ripping up a picture of the pope on Saturday Night Live in 1992; O’Connor declared, “Fight the real enemy.”  In reference to the current scandal in the Catholic Church, White cheered... [Read more...]

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