The idea that the government is now in the business of arm-twisting women not to have more children - immediately after childbirth - is morally obnoxious and socially disturbing. It is so apt that this is happening in a city where its mayor lusts for abortion rights-showing no concern whatsoever for the health of unborn babies-while at the same time showing a maniacal concern for the alleged mistreatment of carriage horses in Central Park. The health police have fast become a menace, and they most definitely do not speak for the dedicated men and women in the health professions. Moreover, contrary to what this initiative presupposes, humans are not the problem-they are the answer. In fact, given our dangerously low fertility rate, we need a pro-breeders campaign, not one that puts a cap on kids.- Bill Donohue
NEW YORK, NY (Catholic Online) - It has been a while since I called our readers attention to the important work of a good friend named Bill Donohue and the organization he leads, the Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights.
Bill Donohue is a Champion of the Rights of Catholics and the Catholic Church. He is man who is unafraid to face opposition. We need him in our corner and we need to support his efforts.
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 preceding some political label or perceived placement in the growing efforts to divide Catholics.
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 defends the Church. He does not involve himself in the growing internecine battles which seem to be multiplying between Catholics in the blogosphere. He does not have time nor does he have patience for such mistaken misuse of our energies in a time of battle.
He knows that our real adversaries are most often NOT those with whom we share communion and whose writing or perspective we may sometimes disagree with. Rather, they are those who openly oppose the Rights of the Church to continue the redemptive mission of the Lord whom she serves at this critical time in history.
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 Bill Donohue and 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, Ulysses 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.
Upon returning from a long time on the road I received this update from my friend Bill and the Catholic League. It is entitled "New York Declares War on Kids." http://www.catholicleague.org/new-york-declares-war-kids/
I share it below and encourage you to regularly visit the web site of the Catholic League here. http://www.catholicleague.org/
It is characteristically blunt, insightful and exposes another font which we must be aware of, the growing role of the Nanny State, at every level, and its particularly threatening misuse of its power.
New York Declares War on Kids http://www.catholicleague.org/new-york-declares-war-kids/
Bill Donohue comments on an announcement today by the New York City Health Department, New York State Department of Health, and the New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation that they are launching a new initiative to increase access to contraception "immediately after childbirth":
The anti-child mentality that marks Western nations has now been taken to a new level in New York City, the abortion-murder capital of the United States. So-called health officials will now try to convince a mother, "immediately after childbirth," not to expand her family any further. This assumes, of course, that these anti-child crusaders first fail to persuade pregnant women to kill their child in utero.
The idea that the government is now in the business of arm-twisting women not to have more children, "immediately after childbirth," is morally obnoxious and socially disturbing. It is so apt that this is happening in a city where its mayor lusts for abortion rights-showing no concern whatsoever for the health of unborn babies-while at the same time showing a maniacal concern for the alleged mistreatment of carriage horses in Central Park.
The health police have fast become a menace, and they most definitely do not speak for the dedicated men and women in the health professions. Moreover, contrary to what this initiative presupposes, humans are not the problem-they are the answer. In fact, given our dangerously low fertility rate, we need a pro-breeders campaign, not one that puts a cap on kids.
Contact NYC Health Press Office: PressOffice@health.nyc.gov
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