Bill Donohue is President and CEO of the Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights, the nation's largest Catholic civil rights organization. He was awarded his Ph.D. in sociology from New York University and is the author of seven books and many articles.

My Articles

September 12, 2018, 3:08 PM EDT
In the wake of the Pennsylvania grand jury report on the Catholic clergy, many states are considering a similar probe of offending priests. They should do so, with one caveat: they should also investigate the clergy of all other religions, private non-sectarian institutions, and public sector entities. Not to do so would be manifestly unjust and indefensible.
September 10, 2018, 4:02 PM EDT
Almost three in four Americans, 73 percent, think the Catholic Church has a serious problem with sexual predators among its clergy; most Catholics feel the same way. That is the central finding of a new Rasmussen survey. Also, only 15 percent feel the media are overhyping the problem, and 12 percent are not sure. The perception is as predictable as it is erroneous.
August 17, 2018, 11:33 AM EDT
Unlike most commentators and reporters, I have read most of the Pennsylvania grand jury report. The purpose of this statement is to debunk many of the myths, and indeed lies, that mar the report and/or interpretations of it.
August 3, 2018, 3:47 PM EDT
Why are those in the media so defiant with President Trump and so deferential to CBS? Where are the Jim Acostas when it comes to the CBS scandal?
August 3, 2018, 3:26 PM EDT
“If the Pope were to deny that the death penalty could be an exercise of retributive justice, he would be overthrowing the tradition of two millennia of Catholic thought, denying the teaching of several previous popes, and contradicting the teaching of Scripture (notably Genesis 9:5-6 and Romans 13:1-4).”
July 30, 2018, 3:21 PM EDT
Who cares about Stormy Daniels? The media care. Indeed, they are obsessed with the story. They are also angry: they are angry that the public doesn't care. Nor does the public care about the tapes that President Trump's former lawyer has about Trump's alleged sexual encounter with a former Playboy model.
July 25, 2018, 2:23 PM EDT
An NBC/Wall Street Journal poll released July 23 says that 71 percent of American voters believe that the 1973 decision in Roe v. Wade legalizing abortion should not be overturned. It follows a Gallup poll of July 12 that found that 64 percent say Roe should not be overturned.
July 23, 2018, 3:19 PM EDT
Any honest observer of the priestly sexual abuse scandal knows that the lion's share of the molestation was committed by homosexuals, not pedophiles. Now an online Washington Post article by Robert Mickens acknowledges this verity. This is virtually breaking news: the liberal media and pundits have ritualistically called this a pedophile problem.
July 18, 2018, 5:07 PM EDT
The greatest enemy of the poor are those who champion their cause. It sounds counterintuitive. How can this be? Because most of those who lead the charge against poverty have no personal stake in their cause.
July 13, 2018, 4:12 PM EDT
As a social scientist who has analyzed and written about polling data for many years, I am always taken aback when I encounter dishonest surveys. The latest example of this is a survey done by Gallup on the subject of abortion; it follows a pattern established by the Pew Research Center on this subject.
July 12, 2018, 11:01 AM EDT
Are there too many Jews on the Supreme Court? Just raising the question is enough to raise eyebrows. In some circles it would be proof of bigotry. Count me among those who would detect at least a whiff of anti-Semitism. Why, then, are pundits questioning the Catholic representation on the Supreme Court, and getting away with it?
July 11, 2018, 3:42 PM EDT
Remarks made about abortion in the wake of President Trump's pick of Judge Brett Kavanaugh for the Supreme Court are revealing.
July 6, 2018, 11:24 AM EDT
If President Trump chooses to nominate Judge Amy Coney Barrett to replace Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy, two senators should recuse themselves: Dick Durbin and Dianne Feinstein. Senators Durbin and Feinstein have already evinced an anti-Catholic bias, thus disqualifying themselves from voting on Judge Barrett's suitability to serve on the Supreme Court.
July 2, 2018, 12:08 PM EDT
Pro-abortion activists are in a state of hysteria. They are still reeling from the decision by the U.S. Supreme Court defending the right of crisis pregnancy centers to operate unimpeded by the politics of their adversaries. Then they got hit with a double whammy when news broke that Justice Anthony Kennedy is retiring, thus giving President Trump the right to choose a pro-life replacement.
June 18, 2018, 4:03 PM EDT
Pope Francis says gay couples cannot be considered a family. The media know he said this, but with few exceptions, they refused to run this story. The blackout, it is easy to prove, was intentional.
May 31, 2018, 10:43 AM EDT
Roseanne Barr has been making vile comments for years, so why—all of a sudden—has she crossed the line? In 1990, when she grabbed her crotch, spit on the ground, and gave a screeching rendition of our national anthem at a baseball game, the cultural elites who now hate her were fine with her stunt. It's not America bashing they despise—it's racism.
May 29, 2018, 12:26 PM EDT
Bias can be detected by what the media report and choose not to report. When it comes to Pope Francis, bias by omission is the most common ideological practice.
May 25, 2018, 10:54 AM EDT
The news media and the pundits are wading through another fog trying to figure out why the latest serial killer went on a rampage. As a sociologist who has written on this subject before, I can attest that serial killers have much in common, and this is especially true of young killers.
May 18, 2018, 3:59 PM EDT
For over 100 years, the Catholic Church in Philadelphia has been serving children in need. Now the Archdiocese of Philadelphia has been forced to sue the city for the right to continue doing so. It is a suit that must be won, for the sake of the children and the defense of religious freedom.
May 17, 2018, 3:23 PM EDT
Gay rights activists have been on a collision course with traditional Catholics, evangelical Protestants, Orthodox Jews, Muslims, and Mormons for some time.