U.S. Attorney Thomas P. O’Brien has launched a federal grand jury investigation against the Los Angeles Archdiocese claiming it violated the federal “honest services” fraud law when dealing with clergy abuse. Catholic League president Bill Donohue addressed this issue today: “Eighteen months ago Los Angeles Archbishop Roger M. Mahony reached... [Read more...]POPE’S OUTREACH UNFAIRLY PORTRAYED
Catholic League president Bill Donohue commented today on the controversy over the pope’s decision to reach out to the St. Pius X Society: “Whenever the media distort a story, either willfully or out of ignorance, it generates skewed commentary. The latest example is what happened following the announcement that Pope Benedict XVI was seeking reconciliation... [Read more...]OBAMA TO FUND U.N. PRO-ABORTION AGENCY
On January 24, President Obama said, “I look forward to working with Congress to restore U.S. financial support for the U.N. Population Fund.” He pledged to do this “in the coming weeks,” maintaining that “It is time that we end the politicization of this [abortion] issue.” Bill Donohue explains the Catholic League’s response: “The United... [Read more...]PELOSI ON KIDS: THEY’RE AN ECONOMIC DRAIN
Yesterday, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi told ABC’s George Stephanopoulos that it was necessary to spend hundreds of millions of dollars on family planning services in order to stimulate the economy. Pelosi maintained that “contraception will reduce costs to the states and to the federal government.” Catholic League president Bill Donohue commented... [Read more...]OBAMA TO FUND ABORTION
News reports are that President Barack Obama will overturn restrictions on funding abortions overseas today. The Mexico City Policy, which denied federal funding of private organizations that perform and promote abortions, will be rescinded by executive order. Catholic League president Bill Donohue addressed this decision today: “Here we have a black... [Read more...]COURT APPROVES INAUGURAL PRAYERS
Several atheist groups sought a preliminary injunction to prevent the saying of prayers and the use of the phrase “so help me God” at the end of President-elect Obama’s oath at next Tuesday’s presidential inauguration. Yesterday U.S. District Court Judge Reggie Walton denied the request, saying the plaintiffs had failed to prove any “harm”... [Read more...]BUSH PROCLAIMS PRO-LIFE DAY: WILL OBAMA HONOR IT?
Yesterday, President George W. Bush proclaimed January 18 to be “National Sanctity of Human Life Day.” He said that “All life is a gift from our Creator that is sacred, unique, and worthy of protection.” The president emphasized that “we aspire to build a society in which every child is welcome in life and protected in law.” The president... [Read more...]BISHOP GENE ROBINSON AT INAUGURAL?
Catholic League president Bill Donohue comments today on the selection of Episcopal Bishop Gene Robinson to offer a prayer at an inaugural event next week: “President-elect Barack Obama says he wants to unite Americans, and yet he chooses the most polarizing person in the Episcopal Church, Bishop Gene Robinson, to offer a prayer at one of his inaugural... [Read more...]SACHA BARON COHEN’S BLACK JESUS: THE COLOR DOESN’T MATTER
News reports about the upcoming movie, “Bruno,” featuring Sacha Baron Cohen of “Borat” fame, say there is a black model called Jesus who wears a loincloth and a crown of thorns. Some media pundits are saying this is sure to offend Christians. Catholic League president Bill Donohue speaks to this issue today: “In many African American neighborhoods... [Read more...]GAYS VANDALIZE SAN FRANCISCO CHURCH
Most Holy Redeemer Catholic Church, in the heart of San Francisco’s gay Castro community, was vandalized over the weekend by opponents of Proposition 8, the California resolution passed by voters in November that rejected gay marriage. Swastikas were painted on the church and the names Ratzinger (referring to Pope Benedict XVI) and Niederauer (the... [Read more...]