Catholic League's Bill Donohue on Religious Liberty and Abortion
In retaliation to this resistance, the administration has already sought to punish the Church by denying Catholic agencies that fight human trafficking a grant it routinely receives
What's also driving this assault on Catholics and the First Amendment is fear-the fear that Americans are increasingly becoming pro-life. The Gallup survey from July shows that this fear is empirically based: the public wants new restrictions on abortion. Couple this fear with the long-standing animus against Catholicism and it's easy to see why the pro-abortion community is up in arms these days
NEW YORK, NY (Catholic league) - Catholic League Ppresident Bill Donohue spoke to this issue on Monday, November 21, 2011:
"Last week, when Laurie Goodstein of the New York Times wrote about New York Archbishop Timothy Dolan's recent comments on religious liberty, she put the term in quotation marks. James Carroll of the Boston Globe read her article (the Times owns his newspaper) and today the angry ex-priest demonstrated his independence by writing a thoroughly predictable column about the Catholic Church and "religious liberty."
"What's bothering them, as well as the Pro-Choice Congressional Caucus, NARAL, Planned Parenthood and the ACLU, is the resistance being provided by Catholic bishops to the Obama administration's war on Catholic institutions: the administration is seeking to force Catholic hospitals, universities and other entities to abide by its health care directives that require all organizations that receive public monies to offer sterilization and contraceptive services (including abortifacients).
"In retaliation to this resistance, the administration has already sought to punish the Church by denying Catholic agencies that fight human trafficking a grant it routinely receives (the Church opposes abortion referrals and the Obama administration likes them).
"Sen. Richard Blumenthal defended the administration by saying, "There is not a scintilla of legislative direction in the statute that requires the broadened exemption the administration is contemplating." Wrong. The religious exemption is a sham: to qualify, the Church must stop hiring and servicing non-Catholics (which means it must stop being Catholic).
"What's also driving this assault on Catholics and the First Amendment is fear-the fear that Americans are increasingly becoming pro-life. The Gallup survey from July shows that this fear is empirically based: the public wants new restrictions on abortion.
"Couple this fear with the long-standing animus against Catholicism and it's easy to see why the pro-abortion community is up in arms these days".
The Catholic League is the nation's largest Catholic civil rights organization. Founded in 1973 by the late Father Virgil C. Blum, S.J., the Catholic League defends the right of Catholics – lay and clergy alike – to participate in American public life without defamation or discrimination. It is led by its' President, William A. Donohue, Ph.D.
Rate This Article
Leave a Comment
More U.S. News
- Fr. Paul Schenck: The New Eugenics, 'Better Babies' and the Dangers of Biotechnology
- Interview With Cardinal Seán Patrick O'Malley Gives Insights into the Heart of Pope Francis
- Deal W. Hudson: Why Social Conservatives Should Become Cultural Conservatives
- CORPORATE SPY: Engineering consultant accused of stealing secrets from DuPont for Chinese
- 24th season of Defending Life Premiered March 5th on EWTN
- Justina Pelletier: Massachusetts DCF Running for Cover Under Legal and Media Pressure
- Matt C. Abbott On a New Book, The Seven Big Myths About Marriage
- Deal Hudson on Culture and the Death of God
- 'Ag gag' bill passes in Idaho; filming at farms now prohibited
- Fr. Paul Schenck: Finding Living Faith on Catechetical Sunday
- The Movie Yellow: Incest as 'Normal' and Cassavates's Slides Into the World of Woes
- The Chicago School Teachers Strike Reveals the Need For School Choice
- The Sexual Barbarians and the Dissolution of Culture
- The Happy Priest Challenges Us to Ask: Who is Jesus to Me?
- Michael Coren on Canadian Public Schools: Teachers, leave those kids alone
- We Cannot Ignore Our Consciences: Cardinal Dolan On Religious Liberty
- In the Face of Danger, Successor of Peter Travels to Lebanon as a Messenger of Peace
- Reflections on the Dignity and Vocation of Women: Who or What?