NATIVITY SCENE ERECTED IN CENTRAL PARK

The Catholic League has erected a nativity scene in New York’s Central Park.  Located on the corner of 59th Street and 5th Avenue, the crèche will be blessed by Monsignor John Woolsey, pastor of St. John the Martyr in Manhattan, at 4:00 pm.  It will be up for two weeks. Catholic League president William Donohue offered the following remarks... [Read more...]

LAURYN HILL FLIPS HER LID

At a Vatican Christmas concert Saturday night, hip-hop artist Lauryn Hill read a lengthy statement blasting the Vatican for the homosexual scandal in the Catholic Church.  “God has been a witness to the corruption of his leadership, of the exploitation and abuses…by the clergy,” she said.  Hill told the audience to seek blessings “from God,... [Read more...]

CENTRAL MICHIGAN UNIVERSITY ISSUES WARNINGS ON CHRISTMAS CELEBRATIONS

Catholic League president William Donohue commented today on the way Central Michigan University is handling Christmas celebrations: “Central Michigan University’s affirmative action office publishes a calendar, available online, that denotes various holidays.  In December, it lists Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa and Las Posadas.  An asterisk next... [Read more...]

GREETING CARDS EVINCE BIAS AGAINST CHRISTIANS

Catholic League president William Donohue spoke to the issue of holiday greeting cards today: “Comparing Christmas, Hanukkah and Kwanzaa e-cards by Hallmark, American Greetings and Yahoo! Greetings, the ones by Hallmark are the most equitable in their treatment of the three holidays.  There are some real problems with the other two companies. “American... [Read more...]

VATICAN OFFICIALS GIVE KUDOS TO MEL GIBSON

In what was perhaps the most significant audience to preview the Mel Gibson movie, “The Passion of the Christ,” several top Vatican officials gave their unanimous approval to the film.  Members of the Vatican Secretariat of State, the Pontifical Council for Social Communications, and the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (which oversees... [Read more...]

INDIANA LAW PROFESSOR CENSORS CHRISTMAS TREE

Indiana University Law Professor Florence Roisman complained about a Christmas tree on campus last week and succeeded in getting it removed.  She said the 12-foot tree celebrated Christmas.  Roisman, who is Jewish, opined, “To honor one religion and not honor others is exclusionary.”  The tree had no religious ornaments on it. The Dean of Students,... [Read more...]

WISCONSIN CATHOLIC LAWMAKERS SEEK VICTIM STATUS IN FEUD WITH BISHOP

A Catholic congressman from Wisconsin, and two Catholic state legislators, have received a letter from Bishop Raymond Burke of La Crosse objecting to their voting record on life issues.  The bishop, who was named Archbishop of St. Louis this week, said that if the lawmakers continued to vote “anti-life,” he would “ask them not to present themselves... [Read more...]

CATHOLIC MALCONTENTS ATTACK BISHOP MURPHY

Catholic League president William Donohue spoke today to recent attacks on Rockville Centre Bishop William F. Murphy: “It has become increasingly obvious that there is a band of active Catholic laypersons and clerics on Long Island who cannot accept change.  Ever since the retirement of Bishop John McGann, they have resisted new leadership.  Take,... [Read more...]

CONNECTICUT LIBRARY CENSORS JESUS

Officials of Meriden Public Library in Meriden, Connecticut, have banned five images of Jesus from display in the library.  The paintings, all of which are reverential, were nonetheless deemed violative of a policy that disallows “inappropriate” and “offensive” fare. The paintings portray a nativity scene, Jesus carrying the cross, His crucifixion,... [Read more...]

CENSORING CHRISTMAS IN THE SCHOOLS

Catholic League president William Donohue issued the following news release today: “Two years ago, a public school teacher in Queens called the Catholic League to inform us that the principal of her school had issued a memo inviting teachers to bring religious symbols to school that represent the Muslim, Kwanzaa and Jewish religions.  Leaving aside... [Read more...]

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