EDITORIAL CREEP MARKS NEW YORK TIMES

Catholic League president Bill Donohue points to an article in today’s New York Times as an example of its tendency to allow editorial commentary to creep into its hard news stories: Rachel Donadio wonders whether the Vatican “will confront the failures in church leadership that allowed sexual abuse to go unpunished.” She adds that... [Read more...]

NEW YORK TIMES PRINTS BOGUS OP-ED

Catholic League president Bill Donohue speaks to an op-ed article in today’s New York Times by Harvard law professor Lawrence Lessig:  Lessig says the Catholic Church failed to protect children “for hundreds of years,” yet offers no evidence to support this outrageous claim. Most of the abuse, which involved post-pubescent males (not... [Read more...]

NEW YORK TIMES FINDS MORE GAY ABUSERS

 Catholic League president Bill Donohue addresses an article in today’s New York Timeson a case of priestly sexual abuse “linked” to the pope: Many pundits have recently given Pope Benedict XVI higher marks than his predecessor, Pope John Paul II, in handling abuse cases. The entire point of today’s story in the Times by Katrin... [Read more...]

NEW YORK TIMES PROTECTS WEAKLAND

Clark Hoyt, the public editor of the New York Times, had a piece in yesterday’s newspaper that sought to defend the paper against Catholics unhappy with recent coverage of the pope. In particular, he defended Laurie Goodstein’s story on Fr. Lawrence Murphy, the Wisconsin priest who molested deaf boys extending back to the 1950s. Hoyt writes,... [Read more...]

BRITS GO EASY ON ANTI-POPE OFFICIAL

Steven Mulvain, a 23-year-old employee of Britain’s Foreign Office, sent an e-mail memo to Downing Street and other government offices saying that when Pope Benedict XVI visits England in September it would be “ideal” for him to open an abortion clinic, bless gay marriage and introduce a “Benedict” brand of condoms; there... [Read more...]

NOT ALL GAY SEX IS ABUSIVE

Catholic League president Bill Donohue comments on a story in today’s New York Timesabout a case of alleged sexual abuse committed by a Chilean priest: If a 17-year old guy has sex with an older guy for twenty years, and continues to have sex with him at the age of 38—while he is married with children—is there anyone who would believe his... [Read more...]

JEFFREY ANDERSON SUES VATICAN—AGAIN

Catholic League president Bill Donohue comments on the news that Jeffrey Anderson will hold a press conference today announcing that he is filing suit against the Vatican and Pope Benedict XVI over the failure to defrock Father Lawrence Murphy, the Wisconsin priest accused of molesting deaf boys many decades ago: Anderson has sued the Vatican many times,... [Read more...]

FREE SPEECH ANYONE? COMEDY CENTRAL AND MSNBC COULD USE SOME

Catholic League president Bill Donohue comments on the latest examples of media duplicity: Trey Parker and Matt Stone recently did a satirical episode of “South Park” on Comedy Central depicting Moses, Jesus and Buddha; Muhammad was explicitly given a pass, and was instead dressed in a bear costume. That’s because the boys at Comedy... [Read more...]

EUGENE ROBINSON HAS HIS FACTS WRONG

Eugene Robinson, an editorial page writer for the Washington Post, writes today that “practically every day, there are new revelations of pedophile priests having been transferred to other parishes rather than being defrocked and reported to authorities.” Catholic League president Bill Donohue responds as follows: It would be more accurate... [Read more...]

NEW YORK TIMES MARKS POPE’S ANNIVERSARY

Catholic League president Bill Donohue comments on the way today’s New York Times marked the 5th anniversary of Pope Benedict XVI: The news story is remarkable, even for the New York Times. Readers learn that the sexual abuse scandal is “growing” and is “quickly defining his papacy.” Furthermore, the pope has “alienated... [Read more...]

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