Skip to content
Catholic Online Logo

By Deacon Keith Fournier

5/17/2013 (1 year ago)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

With the advance of the Culture of Death and use, we who are engaged in building a new culture of life and civilization of love to replace it, are in an escalating fight

In the wake generated by the disclosure of the reprehensible abuses committed by the Internal Revenue Service against Americans who dare to use words such as liberty, patriot, life, marriage, and family in their applications for tax exemption, stories of good old courage are also emerging. I want to bring one of those stories to the attention of my readers today. It involves a man I have admired for a long time, Bill Donohue, the President of the Catholic League.

Bill Donohue, the President of the Catholic League

Bill Donohue, the President of the Catholic League

Highlights

By Deacon Keith Fournier

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

5/17/2013 (1 year ago)

Published in U.S.

Keywords: Catholic League, IRS, Bill Donohue, President Obama, George Soros, Chris Korzen, Catholics United, Deacon Keith Fournier


WASHINGTON, DC (Catholic Online) - In the wake generated by the disclosure of the reprehensible abuses committed by the Internal Revenue Service against Americans who dare to use words such as liberty, patriot, life, marriage, and family in their applications for tax exemption, stories of good old courage are also emerging.

I want to bring one of those stories to the attention of my readers today.

It involves a man I have admired for a long time, Bill Donohue, the President of the Catholic League.  William A. "Bill" Donohue, Ph.D. is a pugilist who uses his words not his fists. He is the kind of man you want on your side in a real fight. And we are in just such a fight.

It turns out the IRS targeted the Catholic League after Barack Obama was elected president in 2008. The Catholic League's site disclosed this week, "The lawyers who triggered the complaint did so at the behest of a left-wing activist who worked for a George Soros-funded organization; Donohue has the proof." Bill wrote a characteristically punchy, no holds barred article for News Max which can be read in its entirety here. To pique your interest, here is an excerpt:

"The problems with the IRS extend beyond playing politics with conservative groups seeking a tax-exempt status. I have never made this public before, but given the heightened interest in the way the IRS has conducted itself, the time has come to disclose what happened."
 
"Just weeks after Barack Obama was elected president in 2008, I was notified by the IRS that the Catholic League was under investigation for violating the IRS Code on political activities as it relates to 501(c)(3) organizations. What the IRS did not know was that I had proof who contacted them to launch the investigation: Catholics United, a George Soros-funded Catholic organization."

The article is a must read. It is entitled Bill Donohue: IRS Targeted Catholic League.

Bill Donohue was a double victim. First, he was victimized by the abusive tactics of a government agency which has run amok, drunk with power. Secondly, he was victimized by a fellow Catholic who, having compromised on some truths of the faith, then failed in his obligations of solidarity. He danced at the altar of political power and was apparently seduced by a wealthy opponent of the Church.  He went further, he used an Agency of an increasingly hostile government against a brother.

With the advance of the Culture of Death and use,  we who are engaged in building a new culture of life and civilization of love to replace it, are in an escalating fight. St. Paul reminded the early Christians in Ephesus: "Put on the armor of God so that you may be able to stand firm against the tactics of the devil. For our struggle is not with flesh and blood but with the principalities, with the powers, with the world rulers of this present darkness, with the evil spirits in the heavens."(Eph.:12)

They lived, as do we do, in a hostile culture. They were called, as are we, to transform it through the witness of both their words and their lives. St. Paul used the protections of the positive law of his own age to defend the right to proclaim the only message which liberates all men and women. So must we in an imploding Western culture. He used his Roman citizenship to further his ability to continue to preach the Gospel which eventually brought about the very conversion of that empire. (See, Acts 25).

We who live in the US and the West must use our positive law and the protections it offers to do the same. The Catholic League helps us to do so. Bill Donohue is a Champion of the Rights of Catholics and the Catholic Church. He is man who is unafraid to face opposition. 

I remember when I first met him; he seemed straight out of "Central Casting". I say that with respect and brotherly affection. I grew up in Dorchester, Massachusetts, in an Irish (French) blue collar, Catholic family. As my dear mother was fond of saying, Bill has the "Map of Ireland" on his face.

He is a scrappy looking fellow with a smile that transforms his entire face and a laugh that can fill the whole room. However, when you begin to discuss the current culture war, you know within minutes that he means business.

This is a layman absolutely committed to the mission of defending the Catholic Church, the Holy Father, the Clergy, the faithful and the Catholic mission. He is the kind of guy you always want on your side. Bill understands that "Catholic" is the noun and not an adjective.

Bill Donohue is Catholic first, last and all in between. Not a liberal, conservative, not a Democrat, or Republican or any partisan political label first  - with Catholic clothes then put on to make it all sound religious - Bill Donohue is a Catholic who is proud of it.

He understands that the Catholic Church is a mother and he does not take kindly to anyone speaking or acting against his mother. He is a very capable Chief executive, presiding over an organization and a staff which is extraordinarily effective in utilizing every avenue of the integrated media to defend the faith and the Church against all adversaries.

Those adversaries include intolerant secularists, ill mannered and aggressive atheists or anti-Catholics, including the growing fifth column within the Church, those Catholics who reject the Magisterium of the Church and have become what I call Anti-Catholic Catholics.

Bill Donohue also has a heart of Gold. He does not fight out of vindictiveness; he fights to defend the rights of the Church to engage the age with the Truth. He is a freedom fighter. He knows that in an age of lies, only the truth will set us all free and that truth has a human face, the face of Jesus Christ and the fullness of truth is found within the Catholic Church.

Bill Donohue holds an earned Ph.D. and is a scholar. His timeless work "Twilight of Liberty: The Legacy of the ACLU" exposed the dangers of that groups misuse of the Constitution. It helped many Constitutional Lawyers to frame a Public Interest law response which led to Christians using the Courts to protect their rights to proclaim the Gospel.

I am one of them. In the early 1990's I helped to lead the American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ), a group which stood against the ACLU often and still does. His Book helped me more than any to assist in the building of the organization by exposing the ACLU's lies and deception on so many of its projects.

Bill Donohue is more than a street fighter he is a smart fighter. His adversaries often underestimate him and he uses that to his advantage like any good fighter. He is also a good steward, carefully selecting those causes and cases which will accomplish the most good in furthering the Catholic League's ongoing mission.

As we contend with the growing hostility toward the Catholic faith and the Catholic Church we need the Catholic League now more than ever.

As with most products, the first to market is the one which endures. This is true of the Catholic League. Many have tried to jump into their unique mission, some actually claiming the Leagues victories as their own. But, the Catholic League stands head and shoulders above any of them. And under the leadership of Bill Donohue they just keep fighting.

Among the many colorful military leaders in US history, Ulysees S. Grant stands out. The official biography of General Grant on the Web page of the Whitehouse recounts this incident: "At Shiloh in April, Grant fought one of the bloodiest battles in the West and came out less well. President Lincoln fended off demands for his removal by saying, 'I can't spare this man--he fights.'"

When the history of the fight which accompanied this new missionary age is written the work of the Catholic league will be recounted. I can think of no better way of summarizing Bill Donohue than those two words, "He Fights!" and we should all thank the Lord that he does.

I thank Bill for revealing the Catholic League's Fight with the IRS. He has demonstrated the Courage needed in this critical hour. We need to follow his example.

---


Pope Francis: end world hunger through 'Prayer and Action'


2014 - Distributed by THE NEWS CONSORTIUM

Pope Francis Prayer Intentions for July 2014
Sports:
That sports may always be occasions of human fraternity and growth.
Lay Missionaries: That the Holy Spirit may support the work of the laity who proclaim the Gospel in the poorest countries.



Comments


More U.S.

Thousands of Christians Flee Under Death Threat From Tyrannical Caliph and ISIS Jihadists Watch

Image of (Pictured: Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi, or Caliph Ibrahim) At first, Christians were ordered to gather in a central place to receive the directive from the self appointed Caliph. Understandably, given the track record of this maniacal tyrant, few did. So, the text of the statement was issued as a formal declaration to all Christians - We offer them three choices: Islam; the dhimma contract - involving payment of Jizya; if they refuse this they will have nothing but the sword.

By Deacon Keith A Fournier

By now, everyone who is in anyway concerned about what is happening to Christians in Iraq has heard the horrific news. The madman who claims to be a descendant of Mohammed, Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi - who in his delusion and grandiosity has taken to calling himself ... continue reading


Bridget of Sweden, Marriage and Family, and the Need for Canonized Married Saints Watch

Image of St Bridget of Sweden, her husband Ulf, and all the modern Popes call Christian married couples to become the 'Sweet and Smiling Face of the Church' in this age. This is an age which is desperately in need of all kinds of saints. I suggest we particularly need examples of married, canonized Saints. That is precisely because this is an age where faithful marriage is now counter-cultural. We need examples of men and women who not only embraced it in Christ, but lived it as a but a path to heroic virtue.

By Deacon Keith A Fournier

The clear teaching of the Bible, the Christian tradition and the re-emphasis of the last Council in the Catholic Church, the Second Vatican Council, make clear - we are ALL called to holiness in life. That  is what the Catholic Church regularly refers to as ... continue reading


Deacon Keith Fournier: The Courage of the Catholic Bishops, Religious Liberty, Hobby Lobby and ENDA Watch

Image of Deacon Keith Fournier is Founder and Chairman of Common Good Foundation and Common Good Alliance. A married Roman Catholic Deacon of the Diocese of Richmond, Virginia, he and his wife Laurine have five grown children and six grandchildren, He serves as the Director of Adult Faith Formation at St. Stephen, Martyr Parish in Chesapeake, VA. He is also a human rights lawyer and public policy advocate. Deacon Fournier is a graduate of the Franciscan University of Steubenville (Theology and Philosophy, BA), the John Paul II Institute of the Lateran University (Theology of Marriage and Family, MTS), and the University of Pittsburgh School of Law (JD). He has completed requirements for the PhD in Moral Theology at the Catholic University of America and is writing the PhD dissertation on the teaching of St. John Paul II.

By Deacon Keith A Fournier

The Catholic Bishops are doing an excellent job standing up for Religious liberty as a fundamental human right. One of my growing concerns is that many Catholics do not even read what they are saying. Sadly, in a propagandized media where sound bites substitute ... continue reading


Obama demands that illegals be allowed to enter U.S. Watch

Image of Tens of thousands of illegal, unaccompanied minors have flooded into the United States since 2014 began, often escaping violence in war torn Central American countries.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

President Barack Obama's administration is considering whether or not it will allow hundreds of minors and young adults from Honduras and other war-torn Central American states to enter into the United States illegally and without crossing into the country ... continue reading


Are you ready for the next dust bowl? California is! Watch

Image of A new study suggests that the Colorado River Basin is rapidly running out of water, which may be disastrous for the seven states it supplies.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

According to a report published by the American space agency and the University of California, the water crisis that is punishing the southwestern United States is likely to worsen. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - The report found that the prime source of water ... continue reading


PLAGUE OF BIBLICAL PROPORTIONS: Mayflies descend on Wisconsin Watch

Image of When summer arrives, Mayflies take flight and proceed to mate before immediately going back to the water to lay eggs and die.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

It's a plague of Biblical proportions. Ugly mayflies have descended on the state of Wisconsin, covering up exterior services like so much black, metallic dust. Photos coming out of Wisconsin is sure to send viewers itching - so beware of some of the sights in ... continue reading


Catholic Bishops Decry Obama's LGBT executive order as imprudent act of religious discrimination Watch

Image of

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

The chairmen of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops' Ad Hoc Committee for Religious Liberty and Committee on Laity, Marriage, Family Life and Youth have been strong in their condemnation of President Obama's legislation on LGBT employees. "Today's ... continue reading


A Tribute to Protestant Bishop Tony Palmer, Friend of Francis and Champion of Christian Unity Watch

Image of The late Bishop Tony Palmer with Pope Francis- He was catapulted into prominence in the broader Christian community when, while meeting with his friend the Pope in January, he was given a recorded message from Francis to deliver to a large group of charismatic, evangelical protestant leaders who gathered in the United States. The video went viral. It moved millions to sincere prayer for the healing of the divisions in the broken Body of Christ and is prompting a renewed commitment to common apostolic action between Christians.

By Deacon Keith A Fournier

I never personally met Bishop Tony Palmer. However, I look forward to spending an eternity in the full communion of God's love with him. I appreciated his Christian courage and felt that his efforts were prophetic. He wrote his life - and lived his ministry - ... continue reading


Exclusive: Tribute to Bishop Tony Palmer, A Life Dedicated to Unity Watch

Image of (Pictured: Left to Right - Dirk West, Matteo Callisi, Bishop Tony Palmer, and Deacon Darrell Wentworth) - Faith to Bishop Tony Palmer was a dynamic, lived experience and, as a result, his life built up the whole Body of Christ and tore down the walls some have built to separate us from each other! What a legacy! A true example of living Jesus' prayer in John 17! (Deacon Darrell Wentworth)

By Deacon Darrell Wentworth

Monday, July 21, 2014, was supposed to be like most Mondays - the start of a work week. But Deacon Keith Fournier sent me a text informing me that my friend, Bishop Tony Palmer, had died. Shock went through my body as I processed that news; then disbelief as I ... continue reading


Anarchy in Chicago! Weekend of crime tears city apart Watch

Image of The weekend of July 18 saw the death of five people and the wounding of 47 in Chicago.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

There were 47 shooting victims in Chicago this weekend, five of which ended up being fatal, statistics from the Chicago Police Department report. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Chicago officials met on July 21 to discuss the city's recent surge in gun ... continue reading


All U.S. News

Newsletters

Newsletter Sign Up icon

Stay up to date with the latest news, information, and special offers

Daily Readings

Reading 1, Jeremiah 13:1-11
1 Yahweh said this to me, 'Go and buy a linen ... Read More

Psalm, Deuteronomy 32:18-19, 20, 21
18 (You forget the Rock who fathered you, the God who ... Read More

Gospel, Matthew 13:31-35
31 He put another parable before them, 'The kingdom ... Read More

Saint of the Day

Saint of the Day for July 28th, 2014 Image

St. Innocent I
July 28: Innocent was born at Albano, Italy. He became Pope, succeeding ... Read More

Inform, Inspire & Ignite Logo

Find Catholic Online on Facebook and get updates right in your live feed.

Become a fan of Catholic Online on Facebook


Follow Catholic Online on Twitter and get News and Product updates.

Follow us on Twitter