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

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.
May 16, 2018, 10:52 AM EDT
We at the Catholic League know better than anyone how incredibly hypocritical many of today's anti-defamation pundits, activists, and entertainers are. We see it every day. Things are said about Catholicism that would never be said about a long list of protected demographic classes. The latest example is the media coverage of Pastor Robert Jeffress who gave a prayer at the opening of the U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem.
May 4, 2018, 11:48 AM EDT
May 5th marks the 200th anniversary of the birth of Karl Marx. He is being celebrated by those who are horrified by Hitler, which makes their opposition to genocide phony. What Marx bequeathed—his legacy is written in blood—makes Hitler look benign. This is why anyone who condemns Hitler without also condemning his communist counterparts is a fraud. It is not Hitler's body count that matters to them. It is the cause. As the Marxists are fond of saying, the truth is that which serves the cause.
April 27, 2018, 4:00 PM EDT
The resignation of Father Pat Conroy as House Chaplain came after he met with Rep. Paul Ryan, a Catholic Republican, two weeks ago; the priest says Ryan asked him to resign. It appears that Ryan felt Father Conroy was getting too political in his job. According to Rep. Gerry Connolly, a Catholic Democrat, "For a lot of members, the outrage is personal, and it's not about Catholicism."
April 25, 2018, 3:01 PM EDT
Four researchers with Ph.D.s have published an article in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine titled, “Association of Religiosity With Sexual Minority Suicide Ideation and Attempt.” It seeks to determine the effects of religion on suicidal ideas and attempts at suicide.
April 23, 2018, 4:18 PM EDT
Editor's Note: Warning -- Commentary piece includes image of "The Holy Virgin Mary" that some may find offensive. Hedge fund tycoon Steve Cohen no longer wants to keep his famous anti-Catholic art, "The Holy Virgin Mary," so he gave it to MoMA. That was a predictable choice: the museum likes to insult Catholics. This masterpiece, by Chris Ofili, features elephant dung smeared on his portrait of Our Blessed Mother, along with pictures of vaginas and anuses. The media almost never mention the porn.
April 20, 2018, 12:21 PM EDT
The April 20 (print release) editorial in the New York Times on the Equal Rights Amendment (E.R.A.) is flawed in several ways. It is not the "religious right" that is responsible for the failure of this amendment, it is liberals. The editorial demonizes the "religious right" for "fearmongering," when, in fact, it was liberal women who fought the E.R.A. for decades.
April 18, 2018, 3:27 PM EDT
It is the fastest growing phobia in the nation. Christophobia. To be sure, the fear of Christians is not overcoming America, but it has unquestionably overcome a large swath of non-believers, or those who profess no religious belief. Within this segment of the population, there are the indifferent at one end, and the haters at the other end.
April 12, 2018, 3:22 PM EDT
When Facebook chairman and CEO Mark Zuckerberg testified before the Senate Commerce and Judiciary Committee on April 10, and the House Energy and Commerce Committee on April 11, he was asked to comment on some of his company's decisions on Catholic submissions.