by Church Militant • ChurchMilitant.com • August 7, 2018
President of Catholic League admits he knew and did nothing
Bill Donohue is admitting he knew about the sexual misconduct of former Cardinal Theodore McCarrick — and did not act.
The president of the Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights said on the August 6 podcast of Ave Maria Radio's "Morning Glory":
I am concerned that there are people like Cdl. Farrell who lived with McCarrick for six years and said he never heard of this. How did I hear of it? I knew of it. Everybody knew about it. Everyone heard rumors about what was going on down in Sea Girt, on the New Jersey Shore. I couldn't verify anything. Who am I? You hear rumors. A lot of rumors are untrue. These rumors turned out to be true.
In the same podcast, Donohue says he has full confidence Cdl. Donald Wuerl of Washington, D.C. — someone he has vigorously defended in the past — will "get to the heart" of the matter. Wuerl has been roundly mocked by Catholics for proposing that a solution to the clerical sex abuse crisis exposed through McCarrick is to allow the U.S. bishops to investigate themselves. Critics also don't believe Wuerl when he claims he knew nothing about sex abuse committed by McCarrick — who has lived in his archdiocese for years and with whom he has worked closely.
Donohue makes half a million dollars in salary and benefits as head of his non-profit, which sits on $35 million in assets. Describing itself as "the nation's largest Catholic civil rights organization," the Catholic League is registered as a 501(c)(3) charity, whose public charity status is based on the fact that it "receives a substantial part of its support ... from the general public."
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As much as 86 percent of the Catholic League's annual revenue comes from small donations from "rank and file" Catholics, and only a fraction of that money (under $3 million per year) is being used toward Catholic activism. The rest is sitting in an investment account with Christian Brothers Investment Services (CBIS) annually accruing nearly $500,000 of interest — just enough to cover Donohue's salary.
CBIS has come under fire for holding stock in pro-abortion, pro-contraception, pro-gay organizations, as well as with corporations that distribute pornography. Not only is the Catholic League aware of this, it seems to have no problem with it.
According to a 2014 survey, the median salary of non-profit CEOs was $100,000. Those with a higher operating budget make more. CharityNavigator.com found that charities with more than $200 million in expenses report a median CEO salary of $526,000, whereas charities with $1–3 million in total expenses report a median pay of $97,000.
Catholic League's expenses in 2013 were $2.83 million. Yet Donohue is making as much as CEOs in charities expending $200 million.