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Pope Welcomes Gay-Hating Anglicans to Catholicism

Pope Benedict sees opportunity in conflict, welcoming gay-hating Anglicans to his Church.

Reuters reports:Popeb

"Pope Benedict on Tuesday took a major step to make it easier for disaffected Anglicans who feel their Church has become too liberal to convert to Roman Catholicism. The move comes after years of discontent in some sectors of the 77-million-strong worldwide Anglican community over the ordination of women priests and homosexual bishops...The Vatican said the Pope had approved a document known as an 'Apostolic Constitution' to accept Anglicans who want to join Catholicism, either individually or in groups, while maintaining some of their own traditions. It marks perhaps the clearest and boldest institutional step by the Vatican to welcome disaffected Anglicans into the fold since King Henry VIII broke with Rome and set himself up at the head of the new Church of England in 1534. The new structure allows for the appointment of leaders, usually bishops who will come from the ranks of unmarried former Anglican priests, to oversee communities of former Anglicans who become Catholics and recognize the pope as their leader."

And (fresh from his 700 Club appearance) one-man Catholic League President Bill Donohue, the Pope's biggest mouthpiece in America, penned a guest column for the Washington Post. Some excerpted gems:

Donohue — "Sexual libertines, from the Marquis de Sade to radical gay activists, have sought to pervert society by acting out on their own perversions. What motivates them most of all is a pathological hatred of Christianity. They know, deep down, that what they are doing is wrong, and they shudder at the dreaded words, "Thou Shalt Not." But they continue with their death-style anyway."

— "The ACLU and Americans United for Separation of Church and State harbor an agenda to smash the last vestiges of Christianity in America. Lying about their real motives, they say their fidelity is to the Constitution. But there is nothing in the Constitution that sanctions the censorship of religious speech. From banning nativity scenes to punishing little kids for painting a picture of Jesus, the zealots give Fidel a good run for his money. Catholics were once the mainstay of the Democratic Party; now the gay activists are in charge. Indeed, practicing Catholics are no longer welcome in leadership roles in the Party: the contempt that pro-life Catholics experience is palpable. The fact that Catholics for Choice, a notoriously anti-Catholic front group funded by the Ford Foundation, has a close relationship with the Democrats says it all."

— "The culture war is up for grabs. The good news is that religious conservatives continue to breed like rabbits, while secular saboteurs have shut down: they're too busy walking their dogs, going to bathhouses and aborting their kids. Time, it seems, is on the side of the angels."

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  1. Irish America disowns Bill Donahue. Just so you know. We think he's a thundering asshat too.

    Posted by: elcamino | Oct 20, 2009 10:41:52 AM


  2. i want to live in the future when ALL organized religions are banned and made illegal and ALL practioners of said religions are put to death on the spot, no questions asked. end of story.

    Posted by: casey | Oct 20, 2009 10:53:19 AM


  3. "Sexual libertines, from the Marquis de Sade to radical gay activists, have sought to pervert society by acting out on their own perversions."

    Am I reading this right? Is this an ADMISSION that everyone has perversions? Does this imply that, in Bill Donahue's view, the only way to keep the world spinning on its axis is to stifle these aspects in ourselves? Or would it also be okay if we acted on someone else's perversions?

    As a practicing Catholic and a gay man, I resent the implication that I'm motivated by a pathological hatred of Christianity. I think Mr. Donahue is motivated by a pathological MISUNDERSTANDING of Christianity that compels him to forget Jesus' new commandment, "Love one another," in favor of all the superseded Old Testament "Thou shalt not" statements, many of which he probably doesn't observe himself. As I yelled at a Westboro Baptist protester two weeks ago during the National Equality March, "Nice Christianity. Way to love everyone, douche!"

    Posted by: A | Oct 20, 2009 10:56:57 AM


  4. When a 'religion' invents a god who is a child rapist, there's not much that's off-limits within that religion.

    Jeebus is a bastard child, resulting from a Roman Polansky-esque assault on a young girl (who may or may not have simply been a flaming slut). Was it her father that digitally penetrated this poor young child to ensure she was a knocked-up 'virgin'?

    Who can be surprised that most cathlicks are child molesters? They are just 'honoring' their imaginary gwad.

    Posted by: MikeinSanJose | Oct 20, 2009 11:04:25 AM


  5. Casey, your comments are not helping us any, especially when you account for all the pro-gay pastors and parishioners out there.

    You want to make silly comments about religion being banned, fine, whatever. You want to make comments about killing all practioners on the spot, you've crossed a line and shown just how stupid you really are.

    Posted by: DR | Oct 20, 2009 11:07:03 AM


  6. I don't know about you all, but my actions to be treated as a full citizen and receive all the rights inherent in that status - hell, even my actions to get laid for that matter - are not in the least motivated by any deep seated hatred of Catholicism.

    Posted by: WindReader | Oct 20, 2009 11:29:13 AM


  7. Bill Donahue:" The good news is that religious conservatives continue to breed like rabbits, while secular saboteurs have shut down: they're too busy walking their dogs, going to bathhouses and aborting their kids."

    With a statement like that, how can anyone take this guy seriously?

    Posted by: white labelith | Oct 20, 2009 11:34:14 AM


  8. ELCAMINO,

    Not that I disagree with the outcome, but when did Irish Americans meet to officially disown Bill Donahue?
    Nobody ever tells me about these meetings until after the fact. I feel so left out, sort of like when some gay guys got together and unilaterally decided I had to like Kathy Griffin.

    Posted by: Jonathan OZ | Oct 20, 2009 11:36:48 AM


  9. Here's some context from Jim Naughton of the Episcopal Diocese of Washington from over at The Episcopal Cafe:

    "The problem is that the group that has petitioned the Catholic Church for this new status, the Traditional Anglican Communion, broke from Canterbury in 1991, twelve years before Gene Robinson was made a bishop. But hey, the fact that the Anglican Communion was going to break up over the gay issue is such a well-established article of faith among so many journalists that Nicole Winfield (of the Associated Press) decided not to let the facts get in her way...

    The question is whether there are large numbers of people who want to do this. The Traditional Anglicans claim 500,000 worldwide. That wouldn't make it a significant denomination in the U. S., let alone worldwide. So the question is whether larger numbers of theologically conservative Anglicans have been waiting for an opening from Rome to make their move."

    Posted by: Mark from NYC | Oct 20, 2009 11:37:07 AM


  10. And BTW, Casey and MIKEINSANJOSE. I can introduce you to some folks who think all Muslims are terrorists -- you might have quite a bit in common, given your apparent attitudes toward Christians...

    Posted by: Mark from NYC | Oct 20, 2009 11:40:01 AM


  11. Casey that sentiment is completely and totally disgusting. How dare you condemn others for their right to freedom of thought. If such freedom of thought can be taken from them it can be taken from you as well.

    I am an atheist and most would probably say anti-theist as well but the only way to win is through spreading the truth one person at a time and not through the barrel of a gun. There is a reason that religion is fiercely resurgent in post-Soviet Russia. I grew up in a Southern Baptist hell hole and suffered as much as any one could short of being discovered and beaten and killed for being gay. Forcing your beliefs on others, even if they are correct is wrong and will come back to bite you in the ass.

    Posted by: Jason Young | Oct 20, 2009 11:58:22 AM


  12. "...they're too busy walking their dogs, going to bathhouses and aborting their kids."

    I'm sorry, but how on earth can you read that line and not laugh out loud. In that order, Bill?

    Posted by: Joe Marrazzo | Oct 20, 2009 12:00:34 PM


  13. @Mark from NYC

    Thanks for the offer, but I already know enough rape-publicans. Many are in my own family.

    Funny how folks are so willing to defend a group in spite of the 'bad apples' even though the group protects, coddles, and enables those same bad apples. "Please don't condemn all of us because a few are whacked out murderous pedophiles."

    Well, clean your own house so I don't have to do it for you.

    Clearly you're not aware, but gays have been on the receiving end of religious superstition and bullshit for centuries. Even from the 'good' religionists. These people have dedicated their lives to making our lives miserable.

    Defend them all you want. You get no sympathy from me.

    Posted by: MikeinSanJose | Oct 20, 2009 12:49:51 PM


  14. Sounds to me like a benefit to the Episcopal Church in the US and the larger Anglican Church worldwide. Sometimes one must separate the wheat from the chaff.

    Posted by: Mark in Austin TX | Oct 20, 2009 1:02:16 PM


  15. "Catholics were once the mainstay of the Democratic Party; now the gay activists are in charge."

    Well they're certainly doing a piss-poor job of getting the Homosexual Agenda enacted.

    Posted by: the crustybastard | Oct 20, 2009 1:23:39 PM


  16. SO glad I am no longer a practicing Catholic---I just can't stand the hypocrisy of the church any longer! When I think of the injustices that are perpetuated in the name of religion, I am appalled!

    Posted by: Jeff | Oct 20, 2009 1:28:13 PM


  17. This Pope was a Nazi. His predecessor sold Zylkon b. gas to the nazi (John Paul).

    JP's roomate was Dr. Wolf Szmuness. Don't know who he was? Get you google on.

    So what do you expect from a bunch of closet self-loathing white male homo fascists who support the #1 Genocidal machine of the last 2000 years?

    You want to belong to that folks? Go Right Ahead.

    For the rest of the rational people waiting for a miracle;

    Drop your bibles and step away, far away, from your religion!

    Posted by: Shambo | Oct 20, 2009 4:02:23 PM


  18. JEFF:

    What's there to be apaulled about? religions have ALWAYS BEEN VIOLENT and War-faring.

    Wake up1

    Posted by: Shambo | Oct 20, 2009 4:03:56 PM


  19. I've been a practicing catholic for nearly 70 years....but I am now looking for a new church to join....any suggestions?

    Posted by: bill | Oct 20, 2009 5:33:15 PM


  20. And yet every week catholics who profess to not hate gay people continue to sit in the pews, lending their voices to people who do.

    Posted by: KJ | Oct 20, 2009 7:02:33 PM


  21. The Catholic Church endorsing homophobia? Quelle Surprise.

    Posted by: Yogchick | Oct 20, 2009 8:46:37 PM


  22. If the Catholic church wants to attract the Anglicans as followers they should just tell them they have candy in their pockets for them. That ploy has worked for them for years!

    Posted by: Menaces2Society | Oct 21, 2009 1:11:09 AM


  23. That is true, you can't trust the Catholic church. They have openly done so much evil but they still have a lot of followers.

    Posted by: Amy | Oct 21, 2009 2:34:17 PM


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