If there really is a vast, anti-Catholic herd of Know-Nothing journalists out there hoping to discredit the Catholic church in the eyes of believer and unbeliever alike, they may want to make large and repeated donations to a non-profit organization called the Catholic League. Through its president and spokesman, a voluble, camera-happy fellow named William Donohue, the organization is becoming an indispensable asset to their cause.

The Catholic League’s website describes its mission like so: “When slanderous assaults are made against the Catholic Church, the Catholic League hits the newspapers, television, and radio talk shows defending the right of the Church to promote its teachings…”

The important word here is hits. Donohue’s responses to what he takes to be an anti-Catholic slander are not gossamer creations spun from subtlety and nuance. Where some might bring a stiletto, he brings a howitzer. As a result, people who already agree with him adore him, and people disinclined to agree are confirmed in their belief that he’s a blowhard. And those of us who used to be in the middle are being shoved toward the latter.