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 eight books and many articles.

My Articles

April 4, 2018, 2:10 PM EDT
Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) is regarded by many journalists as the gold standard for information on hate groups. But its record is dotted with inconsistencies—it has itself engaged in hateful discourse against some traditionally minded organizations: branding the Family Research Council a hate group is one glaring example. Not as well known are its more subtle ways of emitting bias.
March 30, 2018, 10:41 AM EDT
One of the big myths about Christians is that they get exercised whenever some producers or artists take some liberties about the Gospel story. No, they generally don't take offense unless it is insulting, exploitative, or malicious. That is why almost no Christians protested "Jesus Christ Superstar" when it opened on Broadway in 1971. Even fewer are likely to be upset with the NBC telecast on Easter Sunday.
March 29, 2018, 8:51 AM EDT
The Obamacare Health and Human Services (HHS) mandate forcing Catholic non-profits to provide coverage for abortion-inducing drugs, contraception, and sterilization, was dealt a lethal blow by U.S. District Court Judge David Russell.
March 14, 2018, 3:19 PM EDT
Since 1762, there has been a magnificent St. Patrick's Day Parade in New York City, drawing Irish Catholics from every county in Ireland, as well as from a host of schools, colleges, and voluntary organizations. The police and firefighters are front and center. But what was once a celebration of St. Patrick has now evolved into a celebration of the Irish.
March 9, 2018, 11:47 AM EST
CNN's six-part series, "Pope: The Most Powerful Man in History," debuts on March 11. It promises to be a comprehensive account of the history of the papacy, covering such historical events as the origins of the Catholic Church, the legalization of Christianity under Constantine, the split between the Catholic and Orthodox churches, the Crusades, the Reformation, and a series of reform measures, such as Vatican II, that have been taken by various popes.
March 7, 2018, 1:56 PM EST
Next week, Pope Francis will celebrate his fifth anniversary as pontiff. Fortunately, Pew Research Center has just published a survey of his tenure, giving us a good idea of how he is doing.
March 2, 2018, 9:08 AM EST
Coming on the heels of the #MeToo movement, all eyes will be on Jimmy Kimmel as he hosts the Oscars on Sunday. Will he speak to this issue? "It will definitely be part of the show," he said. "How big a part I'm not sure, because I'm still digging through a mound of material."
February 23, 2018, 2:29 PM EST
This is a cultural bellwether. It signals a total collapse of outrage over anti-Christian fare.
February 20, 2018, 12:51 PM EST
Last week we noted how the Comedy Central show, "Corporate," assaulted Christ. That was bad enough, but after we flagged what happened on the February 14 episode, Jake Weisman, co-creator and writer of the show, responded by making incendiary remarks about the Catholic Church on Twitter.
February 9, 2018, 3:25 PM EST
Rep. Nancy Pelosi is so committed to the rights of illegal immigrants that she took to the floor of the House two nights ago and spoke for 8 hours on their behalf. Yesterday, her performance drew the applause of Karen Tumulty of the Washington Post.
February 8, 2018, 3:05 PM EST
If the public were asked about Lisa Page, most would not know who she is. If those who know who she is were asked in a word association game to identify what she is known for, they would likely name "FBI agent" and "adulteress." They should now add someone who hates pro-lifers.
February 7, 2018, 12:20 PM EST
The most popular course at Yale these days—enrolling 1,200 students (they had to move the class to a huge building)—is called Psychology and the Good Life. It's not just Yale where courses in positive psychology are all the rage: they're packing students in all over the nation, and have been doing so for some time. The goal is to make students happier.
February 2, 2018, 4:16 PM EST
The obituary columns on Nicholas von Hoffman that appear in today's editions of the New York Times and the Washington Post have one glaring omission: neither mentions that von Hoffman, a long-time critic of Senator Joseph McCarthy, later concluded that the Wisconsin Irish Catholic was "closer to the truth [about communist infiltration in the U.S. government] than those who ridiculed him."
January 11, 2018, 9:00 AM EST
All the Hollywood gals, and many of the guys, are desperate to show how protective they are of women being exploited by men, but few of them mean it. If they did, they wouldn’t continue to make shows and movies that debase women. Hollywood literally created the culture which spawned the objectification of women, and now it is reaping what it has sown. Worse, its support for the #MeToo crusade shows how utterly disconnected from reality it is.
January 10, 2018, 10:27 AM EST
The clergy sexual abuse scandal in the Catholic Church made headline news in 2002, even though most of the offenses took place from the mid-1960s to the mid-1980s. Over the past decade and a half, the Church launched many new policies to check this problem, the result being a dramatic reduction in cases of abuse. Indeed, there is no institution in the nation today, religious or secular, that has a better record in dealing with sexual misconduct than the Catholic Church.
January 9, 2018, 11:12 AM EST
When the pastor of a rural Minnesota Catholic church learned that three male musicians each claimed to be married to a man, he dismissed them. When officials at a suburban Maryland Catholic school learned that a substitute teacher and field hockey coach was associated with a white supremacist group, they dismissed him.
January 3, 2018, 4:04 PM EST
On December 8th, the Boston Globe published an article citing some past and recent examples of sexual misconduct among its employees. There were two curious things about the piece: the timing and the content.
December 14, 2017, 9:05 AM EST
On election night 2012, New York City restaurant icon Ken Friedman co-hosted a party for liberal Democrats. "I'm very political," he told the New York Times. By that he meant he champions women's rights. Now he is accused of preying on women, just like his liberal buddy, Mario Batali.
December 11, 2017, 1:24 PM EST
When Pope Francis came to Washington in 2015, he met with Kim Davis, the brave Kentucky clerk who, on religious liberty grounds, refused a marriage license to homosexual couples. Chef Mario Batali objected to the meeting, calling out the pope. Now Batali is being called out for allegedly sexually abusing four women.
December 6, 2017, 4:29 PM EST
Attacks on the White House Press Secretary are a staple of all administrations, but most of the critics respect boundaries: it is okay to challenge the official White House version of events, and even to call into question the veracity of the Press Secretary, but assaults on that person's physical characteristics—especially if the post is held by a woman—are considered taboo.