Recent Comments from William Donohue

I recently came across two statements written by Catholic League president William A. Donohue, Ph.D.

In one statement, he writes about a recent survey that shows a steady growth of the Catholic Church. Here is an excerpt:

The latest findings by the “Emerging Models of Pastoral Leadership” project, a collaborative effort with Georgetown University’s Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate, are illuminating. In the last 40 years, the Catholic population has increased by 75 percent; it has grown by 50 percent since 1990. More important, Catholic attendance at Mass is up 15 percent since 2000. And in the last five years, contributions have increased by 14 percent. It is also important to note that there has been a 40 percent increase in Latinos in the Church over the past five years.

You can read the whole statement here.

In another statement, Dr. Donohue comments on the legalization of same-sex marriage in New York State and how the new law is affecting our religious rights. Here is an excerpt:

When Cuomo was recently asked about the right of clerks, invoking their religious rights, not to issue marriage licenses to gays, he said, “The law is the law. You enforce the law as is; you don’t get to pick and choose those laws.” (Ironically, this could be read as an indictment of President Obama: he is under oath to enforce federal legislation, yet he manifestly refuses to enforce the Defense of Marriage Act.)

Rice is even bolder. She has put clerks on notice: either grant homosexuals marriage licenses or else. In a letter she wrote to municipal clerks, she warned that not complying “may constitute official misconduct, a Class A misdemeanor.”

You can read the whole statement here.

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14 Responses to “Recent Comments from William Donohue”

  1. Patrick says:

    Gov Cuomo said, “The law is the law. You enforce the law as is; you don’t get to pick and choose those laws.” Wish the governor could view the Catholic Church’s teaching on faith and morals as he views the state’s law. The effects of not obeying the state’s law could lead to jail time and fines, the effects of not obeying the Church’s teaching could have permanent and lasting consequences if not reconciled.

  2. Brad Miner says:

    Your Excellency: Mr. Donohue made the statements, you quote them, but I’d love to know your opinion of them. -ABM

  3. AndyP/Doria2 says:

    A couple of generations from now there will be a whole lotta hind sighting going on ’round here.

    People who now complain about the “invasion” we are experiencing from south of the border will witness the collapse of Japan, Germany, Italy, and many other countries in this world because of the contraceptive/abortion mentality that permeates the industrial world.

    Muslims, who do not assimilate as other groups do are flocking into Europe while Latinos flock into the USA.

    One major difference. Latinos cross the border carrying crosses (pun intended). They also bring Our Lady of Guadalupe with them. And almost as important, they bring children, the children we are not producing. Children that will be paying our retirements. Europeans don’t have that. They are becoming older and older as each year passes. Soon there won’t be enough people to support the system. There will be too many seniors and not enough young folk to pay into the retirement system.

    Our Catholic population could possibly increase to more than double the 67 million we know have IF we don’t let them get away as many of them are leaving for Protestant denominations who preach fundamentals while we are immersed in modernist thought throughout our educational systems.

    We have Latino speakers and teachers like Jesse Romero (Google him) who are excellent at teaching what our beloved Church needs most – apologetics.

    What I fear most is explained in the following articles:

    We need immersion in apologetics, Catechism and Bible study before we lose another generation to other groups in this country who ceaselessly prowl like roaring lions and are never quenched. They spread heresy after heresy. We can’t sit back and let them steal our sheep. Our shepherds must lay down personally across the gates of the sheepfold and protect our children.

    Dr. Warren Carrol, God rest his soul, founder of Christendom University has written a 7 or 8 volume history on Christendom from the very beginning right up until recent times that should be part of the curriculum of every Catholic school in this country.

    Scott Hahn’s Ignatius Study Bible should be given to every child and young adult in America.

    We have the tools Your Excellency – use them. Reclaim our Church from the modernists who are destroying our educational system. Pope Pius X pray for us.

  4. Maria says:

    Perhaps “Catholic” politicians like Cuomo have been given license to publicy deny the faith for too long. Perhaps administering Holy Eucharist to Catholic politicians who: (1) live openly in a state of sin (2) publicly support, advocate and lobby for abortion (3) condone, support and advocate for the rights of all to practice sodomy and enter into homosexual marriage, wasn’t such a great idea, after all. We arrive now at consequences which may never be undone. It turns out that proclaiming the Gospel, whole and entire, in season and out of season, reallly does matter.

  5. Matthew Hysell says:

    “The law is the law,” Governor? Yes, but then there is The Law. “It is fearful to fall into the hands of the living God.”


  6. Edward Fitzpatrick says:

    Cuomo should be excommunicated. The two legislators {Republican Senators} who are K.of C.members should be tossed out of the K.of C. and Grand Knight Anderson’s salary of 1.2 million reduced as well as the other out of sight salaries of the Directors==it’s a pyramid scheme using the the Catholic faith.

  7. william harcourt says:

    “Wish the governor could view the Catholic Church’s teaching on faith and morals as he views the state’s law.”
    That last post was excellent. Actually, though, isn’t it more correct to say that we wish the bishops had the same attitude toward church and divine law that the governor has toward the infallibility of state law? He was right in saying that there’s a lot more at stake than jail time and fines here. The goverrnor hasn’t been disciplined by any bishop in NY, or better, church law has not been enforced in even the most minimal way by those who are the executives of the law in our church. Is anyone surprised that we have gay marriage now?

  8. Pete says:

    WD misstates the President’s responsibilities with respect to DOMA. It is a shame that the head of the Catholic League does not understand the law and it is a greater shame that the highest RC authority in NY repeats his error publicly on this site. RCs lose credibility in the public square because of this.

  9. Donal Mahoney says:

    I have heard nothing as to whether Archbishop Dolan has had a chat with Bishop Hubbard about what to do the next time Gov. Cuomo and lady friend themselves for Holy Communion at a Mass televised by the networks–or at any mass, for that matter.

    We worry so much about priests who stray because of sins of the flesh. I find their sins far more understandable, sadly, than the actions of Governor Cuomo stepping forward for communion with a woman he lives with but is not married to.

    Has anybody talked with Bishop Hubbard. Maybe Archbishop Dolan could send Bill Donohue to have a chat with him.

  10. Irene says:

    Who is the target audience for this blog? Is it the Catholics of the Archdiocese of NY or is it intended for a broader audience of traditionalist Catholics? I ask because of the constant references to Bill Donahue and other conservative advocates. The people commenting also seem to be disproportionately traditionalist (often from outside the Archdiocese) and not really reflective of NY Catholics over all.

    Archbishop Dolan appears to be very conservative. I think he is completely within his rights to keep a blog that reflects his particular views, but I really wish the archdiocese could also have a second blog aimed to the broader audience of NY Catholics. I would like to see something that is more pastoral and less about politics and culture wars.

  11. Peter says:

    Irene: Good luck. In my experience the conservative, traditionalist Catholics would rather you just go away. They aren’t likely going to encourage dialogue and robust debate about Church matters.

  12. Maria says:

    The goverrnor hasn’t been disciplined by any bishop in NY, or better, church law has not been enforced in even the most minimal way by those who are the executives of the law in our church. Is anyone surprised that we have gay marriage now?



    With regard to the errouneous secular nomeclature categorizing Catholics of varying varieties: traditionaisit, liberal, conservative, we are not cult members. Nor are we politicians, though it is difficult at times to differentiate a Bishop from a politician, we belong to one Church. We profess the one faith. We are not traditional, liberal, conservative Catholics. We are Roman Catholics. We sumbit ourselves to the Bishop of Rome. We proclaim ONE Gospel. We are either faithful or unfaithful to the Gospel Jesus Christ gave us. “If any man preach a Gospel to you other than the one that you have received. let him be anathema”. When our Shepards do not faithfully proclaim this Gospel, the wolves are free to devour the sheep. They are free to set up false factions and division.

  13. Elizabeth says:

    Didn’t Governor Cuomo make a point of highlighting the portrait of Thomas More in his office? The clerks who are losing their jobs re: same sex marriages ought to be given such a portrait. What did More say – “The king’s good servant but God’s first”?

  14. Father William//ibit2) says:

    In accord with the Teaching of the Church, a Catholic Clerk must not take part in homosexual Marriage, they must always act with good conscious, if another Clerk feels comfortable w/ gay marriage they can take part.