LEAGUE ENDORSES RELIGIOUS FREEDOM AMENDMENT

On July 23, Catholic League president William Donohue testified before the Subcommittee on the Constitution of the House Committee on the Judiciary on a proposed amendment to the U.S. Constitution. The Religious Freedom Amendment, which was first sponsored by Rep. Ernest Istook and then revised twice, once by Rep. Henry Hyde and again by Rep. Dick Armey,... [Read more...]

PENTAGON GAGS SPEECH OF CATHOLICS

In an unusual move, the Pentagon sought to muzzle the free speech of Roman Catholics. The issue was whether Catholics in the Air Force, Army and Navy could participate in an appeal by the National Conference of Catholic Bishops (NCCB) to protest President Clinton’s veto of the bill banning partial-birth abortions. The NCCB asked Catholics to send... [Read more...]

GREELEY AND MARTIN: STRANGE BEDFELLOWS

Andrew Greeley, the priest and sociologist turned novelist, and Malachi Martin, the ex-Jesuit and non-fiction writer turned novelist, have both written angry books that assail the Catholic Church. Greeley is angry that the Church hasn’t adopted as many reforms as he would like and Martin is angry that the Church has adopted too many reforms. Both... [Read more...]

CATHOLIC LEAGUE TESTIMONY BEFORE CONGRESS

The Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights, the nation’s largest Catholic civil rights organization, enthusiastically endorses the Religious Freedom Amendment as proposed by Congressman Henry Hyde and modified by Congressman Dick Armey. The First Amendment was written, in part, to secure religious liberty by keeping religion free from governmental... [Read more...]

HUNCHBACK DRAWS VARIED RESPONSE

Disney’s summer hopes were pinned on The Hunchback of Notre Dame, but more was at stake than box office receipts. Entertainment Weekly said that Disney is “still smarting from the controversy over Miramax’s Priest” and that is why it “dodged a potential outcry from conservatives by changing Frollo from the cleric he was in... [Read more...]

DONOHUE NAMED TO ADVISORY BOARD

Catholic League president William Donohue has been named to the Advisory Board of The Child Protection Fund. Chaired by retired Admiral James D. Watkins, The Child Protection Fund is a “nondenominational, bipartisan” organization “devoted exclusively to overturning President Clinton’s veto of the Partial-Birth Abortion Ban.”... [Read more...]

CHURCH BURNINGS SUGGEST MORE THAN RACIAL PREJUDICE

In June, there was a flurry of stories regarding the rash of church burnings that have taken place, the most recent of which targeted black churches. The Catholic League deplored the burnings but also took note of the fact that most of the media attention focused on the racial aspect of the fires, downplaying the religious dimension. A letter was sent... [Read more...]

LEAGUE MEMBER SCORES VICTORY

Catholic League member Mary Ann Kreitzer of Alexandria, Virginia showed the power of the pen when she successfully got Tri-Media Marketing Services to drop CHICK publications from their advertising list. CHICK, one of the most infamous world-wide publishers of anti-Catholic tracts, was allowed to market its non-Catholic material in an advertising packet... [Read more...]

CLINTON SNUBS PRIESTS

On June 14, 380 Irish-Americans gathered to dine with Mr. and Mrs. Clinton and with Irish President Mary Robinson; it was the largest state dinner of the Clinton presidency. But what was embarrassingly obvious was the absence of any priests, though at least one Presbyterian minister was present. Washington observers ascribed the snubbing of priests... [Read more...]

SCHOOL CHOICE AN ELECTION ISSUE

Catholic League members who would like to know what the candidates for the presidency, Congress and gubernatorial races think about school choice should send $1 to Citizens for Educational Freedom, 927 S. Walter Reed Dr., Suite One, Arlington, VA 22204, or call (703) 486-8311 for bulk orders. Patrick Reilly is the executive director of CEF and Rev.... [Read more...]

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