BISHOP GREGORY SHOWS COURAGE: PRIESTS HAVE RIGHTS, TOO

Bishop Wilton Gregory, the president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, has refused to release the mental health records of a retired priest accused of sexual abuse.  The alleged acts occurred in the 1970s in the Illinois Diocese of Belleville; the diocese is now led by Bishop Gregory.  As a result of his decision, the Belleville diocese... [Read more...]

AMERICANS UNITED ATTEMPTS TO SILENCE BISHOPS

Barry Lynn of Americans United for Separation of Church and State sent a letter to the IRS today asking the agency to investigate what he terms “electioneering” by the Diocese of Colorado Springs.  Referring to Bishop Michael Sheridan’s recent pastoral letter about politicians receiving Communion, Lynn accuses the letter of using “code language... [Read more...]

CARDINAL GEORGE REBUKES GAY ACTIVISTS

Cardinal Francis George, Archbishop of Chicago, has notified all his pastors not to give Communion on Sunday to gay members of the Rainbow Sash Movement.  Members of the group, who publicly reject the teachings of the Catholic Church on homosexuality and same-sex marriage, are planning to wear rainbow sashes on Pentecost Sunday at many churches in... [Read more...]

“SAVED!” IS A BOMB IN MORE WAYS THAN ONE

The MGM movie “Saved!” opens at select theaters on May 28.  It is billed as a “sweetly subversive comedy” about an evangelical Christian high school.  The film features a Christian teenager who gets pregnant while attempting to reorient her homosexual friend; this follows a vision she has of Jesus who appealed to her to “do everything you... [Read more...]

CATHOLIC DEMOCRATS REBUKE BISHOPS

Forty-eight Democratic congressmen have signed a letter to Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, Archbishop of Washington, D.C., taking issue with those bishops who have said that Catholic lawmakers should be denied Communion if they champion abortion rights. Catholic League president William Donohue weighed in today: “The Democratic congressmen who signed... [Read more...]

PRIVATE BELIEFS, PUBLIC CHOICES: CHURCH AND STATE IMPLICATIONS

Catholic League president William Donohue commented today on Catholic politicians who claim to personally agree with a teaching of the Catholic Church, yet feel obligated not to vote that way: “Senator John Kerry, the likely Democratic contender for the White House, addressed the issue of same-sex marriage yesterday: ‘I personally believe that marriage... [Read more...]

AIR AMERICA BASHES CATHOLICISM

  In today’s New York Daily News, there is an article by Michael Goodwin that is critical of Air America, the liberal radio venture.  Goodwin says that on May 10, various hosts took the opportunity to slam Catholicism. Louis Giovino, the Catholic League’s director of communications, spoke to Goodwin today to learn more about the Catholic-bashing... [Read more...]

BISHOPS BEWARE OF LAY CLERICALISM

Several leading newspapers ran a story today on a dispute that has emerged between Anne Burke, interim chairman of the National Review Board, and some bishops over the authority and longevity of the panel.  Burke, who said she will resign from the panel at the end of June, maintains that the bishops have “manipulated” the group by seeking to block... [Read more...]

CATHOLIC POLITICIANS AND ABORTION

New Jersey Governor James McGreevey announced yesterday that he would no longer receive Holy Communion at Mass. McGreevey’s decision follows comments made by Archbishop John Myers of Newark that Catholic elected officials who support abortion rights should not present themselves for Communion.  In addition, Bishop John Smith of Trenton has explicitly... [Read more...]

BISHOP GREGORY SHOWS COURAGE:

Bishop Wilton Gregory, the president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, has refused to release the mental health records of a retired priest accused of sexual abuse.  The alleged acts occurred in the 1970s in the Illinois Diocese of Belleville; the diocese is now led by Bishop Gregory.  As a result of his decision, the Belleville diocese... [Read more...]