LIZ SMITH IDENTIFIES CATHOLIC, BUT NOT JEW

In her syndicated column of June 30, gossip columnist Liz Smith said that the affair between Bill Clinton and Monica Lewinsky reminded her of the affair between John F. Kennedy and Judith Exner.  Noting that Smith identified JFK’s lover as “the Catholic Judith Exner,” Catholic League president William Donohue opined as follows: “We’re disappointed... [Read more...]

HBO SPECIAL ON “CELIBACY” MALIGNS CHURCH

The HBO series “America Undercover” aired a special documentary, “Celibacy,” on June 28.  It purports to be an examination of celibacy as it is practiced in the world’s religions.  After a cursory glance at celibacy in eastern religions, it focuses almost exclusively on Roman Catholicism.  The overall theme is voiced at the outset: “The... [Read more...]

ARCHBISHOP O’MALLEY TARGETED BY MEDDLERS

Boston Archbishop Sean O’Malley has come under increasing criticism for his decision to close sixty-five parishes in the archdiocese.  Addressing this issue today is Catholic League president William Donohue: “No one wants to see a parish closed.  The ties that Catholics have to their parish are thicker than blood, and it is for this reason that... [Read more...]

JEWISH NEWSPAPER RIPS CATHOLIC BISHOPS

 The lead editorial in the June 25 edition of the Forward, a prominent Jewish weekly newspaper, accuses Catholic bishops of being a threat to democracy.  Commenting on the editorial is Catholic League president William Donohue: “Never have I read a more anti-Catholic editorial in my life.  It is the height of arrogance and intolerance for a Jewish... [Read more...]

RELIGION AND POLITICS: BISHOPS SPEAK WITH CLARITY

Catholic League president William Donohue commented today on the statement by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops,  “Catholics in Political Life,” that was issued June 18: “The bishops spoke with convincing clarity on the subject of politics and religion.  Though there are many public policy issues that Catholics are rightfully... [Read more...]

KERRY’S RELIGION OUTREACH DIRECTOR SILENCED

In an article in today’s Washington Times, reporter Julia Duin says that Mara Vanderslice, the Kerry campaign’s director of religious outreach, is no longer permitted to talk to the press.  Vanderslice was exposed on June 14 in a Catholic League news release as being a far left-wing activist who has spoken at rallies held by the notoriously anti-Catholic... [Read more...]

CATHOLIC LEAGUE WINS IN “PLEDGE” CASE

Catholic League president William Donohue commented today on the decision of the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn a lower court ruling that declared the words “under God” to be a violation of the First Amendment: “Last year, the Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights filed a joint friend-of-the-court brief with the Thomas More Law Center... [Read more...]

KERRY’S “RELIGION OUTREACH” DIRECTOR IS A GEM

Mara Vanderslice has been appointed Senator John Kerry’s Director of Religion Outreach.  Catholic League president William Donohue finds her a curious choice: “Here’s what we know about John Kerry’s religious outreach person.  Mara Vanderslice was raised without any faith and didn’t become an evangelical Christian until she attended Earlham... [Read more...]

STEM CELL ISSUE REACHES A HOT POINT

 The day before former President Ronald Reagan died, 58 senators sent a letter to President George W. Bush urging him to permit embryonic stem cell research.  The senators are now insisting that with the death of President Reagan, the issue has taken on greater urgency.  They cite the support that Nancy Reagan has shown for this type of research. Catholic... [Read more...]

DURBIN’S SCORECARD GETS AN “F”

Senator Dick Durbin of Illinois yesterday released a report, “Evaluating the Votes and Actions of Public Officials from a Catholic Perspective,” which ranks the twenty-four U.S. Catholic senators based on their votes in three areas: domestic, international and pro-life.  The issues were taken from a publication issued by the United States Conference... [Read more...]