HERE COMES THE POPE: HERE’S WHAT THE PUNDITS WILL SAY

Catholic League president Bill Donohue commented today on Pope Benedict XVI’s trip to the United States, which begins two weeks from tomorrow: “Look for Pope Benedict XVI to be compared unfavorably to his predecessor, John Paul II. All of a sudden, those who had no use for Pope John Paul II will now anoint him a positive force, the purpose of which... [Read more...]

POPE STILL BEING BASHED FOR BAPTISM

Ever since Pope Benedict XVI baptized a Muslim-born journalist at the Easter Vigil, he has been highly criticized for doing so. Magdi Allam was one of seven adults baptized during the vigil, but because he has been an outspoken critic of Islamic extremism, his conversion set off a firestorm. Here’s a sample: · “I cannot understand the Vatican’s... [Read more...]

POPE’S GIFT: SURVEY OF NON-PRACTICING CATHOLICS

Just in time for the pope’s visit, The Journal News has decided to conduct an online survey of non-Catholics. The newspaper, which covers the Lower Hudson New York counties of Westchester, Rockland and Putnam, posted the following online survey on March 25 and March 26: Are you a lapsed Catholic? As part of The Journal News’ coverage of Pope... [Read more...]

BIN LADEN LASHES OUT AT POPE

According to several news reports, al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden has released a statement accusing Pope Benedict XVI of triggering a “new Crusade” against Muslims. The accusation comes amidst the recent republishing of the Danish cartoons that inflamed Muslims in 2006; several Danish newspapers decided to rerun the cartoons in question. Referring... [Read more...]

THE HYPOCRITES ARE BACK AT UVA

Today’s issue of the University of Virginia’s student paper, The Cavalier Daily, featured a cartoon depicting a naked man smoking a cigarette in bed. Standing beside the bed, a woman in her underwear buttons up her shirt and asks, “Come on God, be honest—Did you really get a vasectomy? I can’t let Joseph find out about this.” The man replies,... [Read more...]

LEWIS BLACK’S SHOW GETS UGLY

Last night, Comedy Central aired the first show in a new series, “Lewis Black’s Root of All Evil.” Black played a judge ruling on who was more evil—the Catholic Church or Oprah Winfrey. Click here for a partial transcript. Catholic League president Bill Donohue raised questions about it today: “No group in the U.S. sexually molests minors... [Read more...]

McCAIN DENOUNCES ANTI-CATHOLICISM; CITES HAGEE’S ROLE

It was reported over the weekend that Sen. John McCain denounced anti-Catholicism and explicitly mentioned Rev. John Hagee’s role. McCain said that “I repudiate any comments that are made, including Pastor Hagee’s, if they are anti-Catholic or offensive to Catholics.” Catholic League president Bill Donohue commented as follows: “Sen. McCain... [Read more...]

McCAIN STANDS FAST ON HAGEE; CRITICISM MOUNTS

Mounting criticism of Sen. John McCain’s refusal to denounce Pastor John Hagee’s anti-Catholicism continued yesterday. In addition to the Catholic League, several other Catholic groups criticized the Republican presidential nominee. Joining in the criticism was House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, the Democratic Party of Georgia, columnists, bloggers and... [Read more...]

McCAIN’S NEXT MOVE

Catholic League president Bill Donohue issued the following remarks today regarding Sen. John McCain’s ties to Pastor John Hagee: “Now that he has secured the Republican nomination for president, and has received the endorsement of President Bush, McCain will now embark on a series of fundraising events. When he meets with Catholics, he is going... [Read more...]

McCAIN SET THE BAR FOR McCAIN (8 YRS. AGO)

In February, 2000, presidential hopeful Sen. John McCain’s campaign staff made phone calls to prospective voters in Michigan reminding the party faithful of candidate George W. Bush’s visit to Bob Jones University. The message was as follows: “Bob Jones has made strong anti-Catholic statements, including calling the pope the anti-Christ and the... [Read more...]

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