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Catholic League's Bill Donohue Takes Out NYT Ad Defending Pope, Claims Most Priests Who Did Molesting Were Gay

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Bill Donohue of the Catholic League, an organization Kathy Griffin once described as one man in a room with a computer, has taken out a quarter-page ad in the New York Times today defending Pope Benedict and the Catholic Church from allegations of sexual abuse of children by Catholic clergy.

Donohue  In recent weeks the paper has published well-researched articles documenting the abuse, including, 200 deaf boys at a school in Wisconsin, hundreds of cases in the German church (so many that the Vatican can't handle the workload), the abuse of altar boys on video by Brazilian priests.

And just today, some new allegations out of Miami regarding a Cuban priest. The Vatican tried to cover up this case as well.

Donohue attempts to deflect blame on the church by, among other things, once again bringing up the disproven canard that it's somehow the fault of gays.

Donohue writes: "The Times continues to editorialize about the 'pedophilia crisis,' when all along it's been a homosexual crisis. Eighty percent of the victims of priestly sexual abuse are male and most of them are post-pubescent. While homosexuality does not cause predatory behavior, and most gay priests are not molesters, most of the molesters have been gay."

Sorry Bill, pedophilia has nothing to do with homosexuality, and the Catholic church should be ashamed of its ongoing efforts to cover up the epidemic of abuse that has been inflicted upon innocent children.

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  1. And don't underestimate protestants that care more about undermining catholicism than they do about the human suffering that priests have caused (which it's been my experience they don't care about at all...they like dogs, not people). These people exist, and while it isn't as pronounced as it once was allowed to be, there are subtle reminders everywhere, such as when a protestant inveighs against the catholic church while never mentioning that kiddy fiddling is a broad based christian epidemic that infects all denominations. They are using this as a vehicle to foment the so-called ethno conflict. I personally find it great when religions and the religious try to devour each other, because the consequence nowadays is the strengthening of atheism and, more importantly, anti-theism (of which I am both). But I have no patience for those protestants, because I've never met one of them who wasn't also antisemitic and racist...they go hand in hand. Just useful idiots, though, insofar as they undermine their own faith by attacking another.

    Posted by: TANK | Mar 30, 2010 2:41:21 PM


  2. @Tank:

    Your attempts to claim that a man's exclusive attraction to young teenage males has nothing to do with homosexuality is ridiculous. It may be that pedophiles don't particularly care about the gender of their victims, and so it might be accurate to say that pedophilia has nothing to do with homosexuality (or heterosexuality). But pederasty is completely different. There is sex differentiation at that stage in life and the pederast is not indifferent to the gender of his target. A male attracted to sex with another male is experiencing homosexual attraction, and it doesn't become something alien and different just b/c one of the parties is 16 rather than 18.

    Stop the politically correct bullshit; it doesn't persuade anyone in the real world.

    Posted by: Jon | Mar 30, 2010 3:18:51 PM


  3. The only surprise here is that Donahue didn't try to claim that the pro-choice, gay rights and women's ordination supporters invented a time machine, went back in time, and forced those priests at gunpoint to molest all those kids.

    He probably didn't think of that yet. Give him ten minutes.

    Posted by: bobbyjoe | Mar 30, 2010 4:33:21 PM


  4. Put the blame on gays. It never fails. Pathetic.

    Posted by: Lexxvs | Mar 30, 2010 4:50:25 PM


  5. They are going to have to expand the Vatican section in Hell...

    Posted by: jaragon | Mar 30, 2010 6:01:29 PM


  6. There is so much BULL Sh#T in this.

    When he says "most" of the victims were "post-pubescent" they were still UNDER AGE for CHRIST sake. They were minors!
    Donahue is doing the devil's work and I'm sick and tired of CNN and other media outlets putting this despot on TV to spew his lies.

    Posted by: MCnNYC | Mar 30, 2010 6:55:45 PM


  7. "Your attempts to claim that a man's exclusive attraction to young teenage males has nothing to do with homosexuality is ridiculous."

    Pedophilia and hebophilia are not homosexuality or heterosexuality or even bisexuality. Instead, they are distinct sexual orientations.


    "It may be that pedophiles don't particularly care about the gender of their victims, and so it might be accurate to say that pedophilia has nothing to do with homosexuality (or heterosexuality)."

    And many, if not most, don't. But pederasty and pedophilia are entirely distinct from homosexuality. Further, hebophilia, or the attraction to post pubescent minors gets a lot of play in both the heterosexual and homosexual camps, but a hebophile is one exclusively so attracted, and that is why it's a disorder (because it harms those minors if acted upon).

    "There is sex differentiation at that stage in life and the pederast is not indifferent to the gender of his target."

    No. A pederast may be motivated by the gender of his target (prepubescent boys), or not (could be a pederast by default given access). The point is that while not all pedophiles are pederasts, all pederasts are pedophiles. If this is just a confusion of the meanings of words on your part, all is forgiven--but to create a special category for pederasts distinct from pedophiles is false given the meanings of the words.

    "A male attracted to sex with another male is experiencing homosexual attraction, and it doesn't become something alien and different just b/c one of the parties is 16 rather than 18."

    More confusion on your part. Most pederasts are physically repulsed by the developed male body (post puberty). They have exclusive heterosexual relationships with adults. They are not homosexuals. If you're going to address pedophilia intelligently, you should have the relevant data to back up your assertions. You don't. You're relying on an a priori characterization, and don't under the phenomenon in question. Pedophilia is a distinct sexual orientation different from both heterosexual and homosexual orientations, respectively.

    "Stop the politically correct bullshit; it doesn't persuade anyone in the real world."

    This would indicate that you're motivated by homophobia. You are for all intents and purposes completely uneducated when it comes to paraphilias. Faith doesn't hold up when it conflicts with fact, and you are subsequently wrong and easily dismissed.

    Posted by: TANK | Mar 30, 2010 7:04:31 PM


  8. Although the recent stories have focused on minor males, they're not the only victims. Girls and women, including many nuns, have also been violated or raped. The issue isn't whether the church turns a blind eye to pederasty, pedophilia or homosexuality within ranks. I think the issue is that priests of all persuasions are perversely forced to sublimate their natural sexual drives and then they're placed in positions of authority in an institution that promotes blind obedience, secrecy and male dominance. There will always be bad eggs in any large organization, but the business rules in this church seem to be exacerbating the problem.

    Posted by: Dean | Mar 30, 2010 10:59:53 PM


  9. Hmmm... Well, maybe if the Catholic stance on being gay wasn't that it is a mortal sin and simply a "choice" that can be changed or suppressed, there might possibly not be so many gay Catholics that felt forced into becoming a celibate priest or living in continual sin. While there is ABSOLUTELY no excuse for these priests to have done these reprehensible acts, methinks they'd have been less likely to agree to a life of celibacy if they weren't being taught that their God will hate them if they love someone of the same sex. So these sex-starved, self-loathing homos go after the men/boys available who have the lowest chance of getting them caught.

    Posted by: John Michael | Mar 30, 2010 11:52:08 PM


  10. "So these sex-starved, self-loathing homos go after the men/boys available who have the lowest chance of getting them caught."

    "think the issue is that priests of all persuasions are perversely forced to sublimate their natural sexual drives"

    Memes based on no understanding of human sexuality. But what can you expect when americans are still giggling like children at "peepee vagina!". I admit, that's kinda funny...peepee vagina...peeepeeeeeee, ha ha ha. These priests weren't driven by their natural pent up sexual frustrations to take them out on kids. If they were homosexual, they wouldn't be molesting kids--they'd breaking their vows with men. Pedophiles seek out these professions because of the access granted to children. These were pedophiles long before they took their vows of celibacy. Celibacy does not cause pedophilia. Idiots.

    Posted by: TANK | Mar 31, 2010 12:05:08 AM


  11. sexual frustration doesn't cause rape...sexual frustration doesn't cause pedophilia...only in the states...

    "Oh damn! I didn't get laid tonight...gotta go out and rape! CHILDREN!" That's the mentality.

    Posted by: TANK | Mar 31, 2010 12:06:12 AM


  12. one can say they were religious men with immunity power created by an ignorant faithful mass

    Posted by: sal | Mar 31, 2010 11:16:11 AM


  13. while I don't disagree with most of what was posted earlier...i do have to disagree with one thing, this need to qualify "but i know good Christians/catholics" they are part of the problem...anyone delusional enough to convince themselves that the justification for supporting an institution that rapes children, destroys lives and promotes hate as part of its doctrine/business....you are part of the problem..believe in what ever fairy tales you like, but when you institutionalize abuse and hate you need to be marginalized for the harm you are doing to society...no amount of charity is going to make the sullied robes clean again...EVER

    Posted by: epic | Mar 31, 2010 1:13:31 PM


  14. It's official. Bill Donohue just replaced Karl Rove as the #1 most evil person alive.

    Posted by: Ben | Mar 31, 2010 2:21:15 PM


  15. The Catholic Church and its representatives in the Holy See are doing everything possible to divert public attention away from the ongoing pedophilia scandal -- and Bill Donohue is helping in this effort by trying to reframe this issue as a "homosexual" crisis.

    Jesus!


    Donohue appears not to understand that pedophilia and homosexuality are entirely diferent entities. Pedophilia is a mental disorder, whereas homosexuality is not. Pedophilia involves the rape of children, whereas homosexuality involves consensual sexual relations with adult members of the same sex. Pedophilia is a crime in all Western democracies, whereas homosexuality is not.

    Donohue does not want to acknowledge that this is the Catholic Church's fault.

    THIS IS THE CATHOLIC CHURCH'S FAULT.

    Dress it up any way you wish. Divert attention away from the Church as much as possible. Muddy the waters surrounding this issue as much as possible.

    THIS IS THE CATHOLIC CHURCH'S FAULT.

    Sadly, George W Bush granted immunity to the Bishop of Rome, Joseph Ratzinger, which means that this bastard cannot be tried before any court or judicial tribunal in the US.

    Let us see if we can put him on trial elsewhere...


    PHILIP

    Posted by: Philip Chandler | Apr 11, 2010 12:51:27 PM


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