The Catholic League scored perhaps its biggest victory yet in pressuring the District Attorney from Lane County, Oregon into apologizing for authorizing the bugging of a priest in the confessional. District Attorney Doug Harcleroad issued his apology and a pledge never to do this again on May 22. The case began on April 22 when Father Tim Mockaitis... [Read more...]LEAGUE BACKS SCHOOL BILL THAT AIDS THE POOR
The Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights is urging passage of a new bill sponsored by Congressman Jim Talent that would award scholarships to the parents of indigent children. The bill would allow parents to choose from a wide variety of schools, including private religious schools. Known as the Community Renewal Project Act of 1996, the bill... [Read more...]THE TAMING OF AN OREGON D.A.
I have been told by those who know him that Lane County District Attorney Doug Harcleroad is actually a nice person. Maybe he is. Maybe he’s not even anti-Catholic. But he sure isn’t too bright. How any District Attorney could think that he could get away with bugging a priest in the confessional is beyond me. The guy he was interested in taping,... [Read more...]WEEKLY COLUMN – CATHOLIC STAR HERALD CLINTON, ABORTION, AND RELIGIOUS FREEDOM
I thought I had said as much as necessary about President Clinton’s veto of the partial birth abortion ban, but the president’s latest temper tantrum brings me back once again. It’s not that I expected Mr. Clinton to change his mind, but the graphic picture of his clenched fist, his angry outburst and his loss of self-control is scary. It is the... [Read more...]WHO IS PETER KING?
Congressman Peter T. King is the person who responded to the Catholic League’s request to initiate federal legislation forever barring the taping of a priest in the confessional. He recently spoke at the Long Island Chapter’s annual communion breakfast at Chaminade High School in Mineola, New York. Congressman King, a Republican, is currently serving... [Read more...]NORTHERN KENTUCKY UNIVERSITY PULLS OFFENSIVE ART EXHIBIT
After a protest that included local Catholics, legislators and the Catholic League, Northern Kentucky University withdrew its plans to present an offensive art exhibit entitled, “Immaculate Misconceptions.” The furor began last winter when the Art Department at the state school announced that it would go forward with the exhibit. Immediately,... [Read more...]ANTI-CATHOLIC BIAS SHOWN BY UNIVERSITY OF VIRGINIA
For the past few months, the Catholic League has been involved in a dispute with the University of Virginia over an incident of religious bias. It all began last January when a student from Chaminade High School—the flagship Catholic school on Long Island—was interviewed by the Long Island Selection Committee for the Jefferson Scholars Program at... [Read more...]HBO PROTEST WORKS
The Catholic League protest against HBO left a message that won’t be lost. Between the formal protest registered by Catholic bishops, the thousands of postcards and letters that league members sent, and the meeting that Dr. Donohue had with HBO officials, there is little doubt that HBO won’t be doing a sequel to Priestly Sins. On May 7, league president... [Read more...]CBS’ “A SEASON IN PURGATORY” BAITS CATHOLICS
On May 5 and 7, CBS aired the mini-series, A Season in Purgatory, based on the novel by Dominick Dunne. It was vintage Catholic baiting as the following selections from the show indicate. The transcript was made available thanks to the Media Research Center, headed by Brent Bozell. “A Season in Purgatory is the story of the wealthy, influential... [Read more...]YOKO ONO MISFIRES
On May 16, Yoko Ono, John Lennon’s widow, tore pages from a Bible and passed them into a crowd in downtown New York. After vice president Bernadette Brady and others complained to the press, Ono issued an apology, pledging that she “will not be repeating this in future performances.” Read More →