phony petition PHONY PETITION v. BISHOP FINN

Bill Donohue comments on a petition drive against Bishop Robert Finn of the Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph: Approximately 100,000 persons have signed a petition demanding the resignation of Bishop Robert Finn. It’s a phony exercise. The petition is found on the website of change.org, home to mostly left-wing activists. Anyone can sign it—you... [Read more...]

picture ASSESSING BISHOP FINN’S GUILT

Catholic League president Bill Donohue comments on a judge’s decision yesterday finding Kansas City-St. Joseph Bishop Robert Finn guilty in a case involving Father Shawn Ratigan: Let’s get rid of some myths. Bishop Finn was not found guilty of a felony: he was found guilty of one misdemeanor, and innocent of another. The case did not involve child... [Read more...]

Cover_grayscale_Final 2 2011 ANNUAL REPORT ON ANTI-CATHOLICISM

The Catholic League’s 2011 Annual Report on Anti-Catholicism is now available. It covers all the major issues that the Catholic League dealt with in 2011, along with many others that came to our attention. The report covers the following areas: activist organizations; the arts; business/workplace; education; government; and the media. There are... [Read more...]

lady justice PRIESTS’ RIGHTS MERIT VIGOROUS DEFENSE

Catholic League president Bill Donohue comments on the rights of priests: When it comes to accusations of priestly sexual abuse, the accused is never publicly identified—he is simply listed as John Doe 101. But this isn’t enough to satisfy some: they want bishops to publish the names of all accused priests, even if there has never been a conviction,... [Read more...]

Rebecca Randles NEW KC DIOCESE LAWSUIT REEKS

Catholic League president Bill Donohue comments on the latest lawsuit by Rebecca Randles against the Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph: After disturbing, but not pornographic, pictures of young girls were found on the computer of Fr. Shawn Ratigan last December, and after his attempted suicide and diagnosis by a psychiatrist, he was ordered by the Diocese... [Read more...]

David Clohessy BISHOP FINN AGREES TO OVERSIGHT TERMS

Kansas City-St. Joseph Bishop Robert Finn has agreed to meet on a monthly basis with Clay County prosecutor Daniel White to discuss any potential cases involving the sexual abuse of minors; this will be ongoing for five years. In return, he will not face prosecution on a misdemeanor regarding the behavior of Fr. Shawn Ratigan, who was under his employ. Still... [Read more...]

Bill Donohue KANSAS CITY CATHOLIC GROUPS SENT KC STAR AD

Catholic League president Bill Donohue speaks to the latest developments regarding its battle with the Kansas City Star: Yesterday, I was joined by Catholic League staff members and scores of Catholics from Kansas City (we never contacted any of them—they showed up after reading our news release on the event) at a press conference outside the Kansas... [Read more...]

CATHOLIC LEAGUE ARRIVES IN KC, MISSOURI

The president of the Catholic League, Bill Donohue, along with Vice President Bernadette Brady and staff members Don Lauer and Alex Mejia, are holding a press conference today at 11:00 a.m. in front of the Kansas City Star (at the corner of Truman and McGee). The purpose of the press conference is to expose the anti-Catholic agenda of the three parties... [Read more...]

schoristarclohessy KC STAR OMITS STORY ON TOP EPISCOPAL BISHOP

Catholic League president Bill Donohue comments as follows: Yesterday, the Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests (SNAP) held a press conference in front of the Catholic Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in the Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph to bring attention to a case involving an Episcopal priest, Bede Parry, who is being charged with... [Read more...]

Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori KANSAS CITY MINEFIELD: EPISCOPAL BISHOP KNEW OF MOLESTER

Catholic League president Bill Donohue comments as follows: This is surreal. The Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church of the United States, Katharine Jefferts Schori, knew about the sexual abuse activities of a homosexual candidate for the Episcopal priesthood, did nothing about it, and indeed allowed him to become a priest. Today, the Survivors... [Read more...]

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