WHO WANTS CONFIDENTIALITY AGREEMENTS? THE DIOCESES OR THE VICTIMS?

There is a story in today’s New York Times about an attorney who defended the Diocese of Galveston-Houston against those who filed suits alleging clergy sexual abuse.  “It was always the church, [Robert P. Scamardo] said, that insisted on inserting confidentiality clauses in the settlements—never the victims, as many bishops have contended.” Yesterday,... [Read more...]

WANTED: ABERCROMBIE & FITCH MODELS WHO WEAR PANTS

Catholic League president William Donohue sounded off today on Abercrombie & Fitch’s (A&F) new Christmas catalog: “Over the past few years, the Catholic League has blasted A&F for taking gratuitous shots at Catholicism in its catalogs.  This year’s catalog is much improved, though it was wholly unnecessary to highlight a foul remark... [Read more...]

“BAD SANTA” BLACKENS DISNEY’S SNOW WHITE IMAGE

“Bad Santa,” a movie distributed by the Disney subsidiary Miramax, opens November 26.  Louis Giovino, the league’s director of communications, attended a screening of the movie on November 19 in New York; Miramax acceded to the league’s request for an opportunity to preview it. The following commentary, written by Catholic League president... [Read more...]

FORD FOUNDATION STOPS FUNDING ANTI-SEMITISM; CONTINUES TO FUND ANTI-CATHOLICISM

The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) has announced that it has successfully persuaded the Ford Foundation to stop funding anti-Semitic organizations.  The Ford Foundation had sponsored many of the most vile anti-Jewish groups that had assembled at the 2001 World Conference Against Racism in Durban, South Africa.  Now Ford Foundation President Susan V.... [Read more...]

MASSACHUSETTS HIGH COURT OPENS DOOR TO GAY AND INCESTUOUS MARRIAGES

By a vote of 4-3, the Massachusetts Supreme Court voted today to strike down the state’s ban on homosexual marriage.  Though the court said homosexuals were entitled to marry, it stopped short of allowing them to obtain a license to do so.  Instead, it gave the state legislature 180 days to find a solution. Commenting on this development is Catholic... [Read more...]

DEMOCRATS TO STAGE PRAYER FEST WITH MUSLIMS

On November 12, several Democratic congressmen will join American Muslim leaders in holding a Ramadan iftar, or fast breaking dinner, in the House Judiciary Committee Hearing Room.  According to a news release by the Council on American-Islamic Relations, “The Capitol Hill iftar will include breaking of the fast with water and dates, the call to... [Read more...]

DEMOCRATS LINKED TO CATHOLIC BASHING

A group allied with the Democratic Party has just released a public statement branding all Catholic bishops liars.  The group, Catholics for a Free Choice (CFFC), made the charge in a news release today: “Congress, AIDS advocates, and public urged to protest Catholic cardinals’ and bishops’ lying about condoms’ effectiveness to fight AIDS.” The... [Read more...]

BISHOPS CONVENE AMIDST GOOD NEWS

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USSCB) will meet November 10-13 in Washington, D.C. for their annual meeting.  They will do so amidst good news from two surveys of Roman Catholics. Catholic League president William Donohue commented on this today: “The latest Gallup survey, reported today in the New York Times, shows that forty-nine... [Read more...]

DNC TRIES TO PLAY ITS CATHOLIC CARD

Jenny Backus, a Democratic consultant who has helped organize the Democratic National Committee (DNC) debates, is quoted today about the alleged diversity of the Democratic candidates for president.   Here’s what she said: “We’ve got everybody from a preacher to a general, from the leader of the House to leaders in the Senate, north to south,... [Read more...]

ADL TO HOST ATTACK ON MEL GIBSON

On November 6, the Anti-Defamation League will convene its 90th Annual National Meeting at New York’s Plaza Hotel.  One of the sessions will explore the controversy over the Mel Gibson film, “The Passion of Christ.”  Speaking to the issue will be Paula Fredriksen, professor of theology at Boston University; Sister Mary C. Boys, professor of... [Read more...]