Bill Donohue Is Sticking His Feet In His Mouth


Bill Donohue Is Sticking His Feet In His Mouth

Last week I pointed out that Bill Donohue, president of the Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights, is not a journalist per se and as a layman has no particular unction to ferret out the misdeeds of the Catholic clergy.  By the same token, though, he has no particular expertise to besmirch the work done by the State of Pennsylvania in putting out the report to which I linked yesterday.  But that is what Donohue seems to be doing in this post on the League site.  Fortunately it’s not a long piece so it won’t be too much trouble to dissect and rebut.

First, let’s look at the title: “PA Grand Jury Report Based On Accusations”.  So what?  Of course it is!  That is the nature and purpose of grand juries: to decide if the available evidence constitutes cause for criminal indictment.  It usually is the body that actually brings the indictment to court.  Donohue states that plain fact in such a way to cast doubt on the grand jury’s integrity.  It is true that this report shines the light on misdeeds of clergy now deceased or now out of reach because of the statute of limitations.  However, some instances are somewhat recent and can be brought to trial.  It also shines the light on prelates who willfully concealed the crimes of their underlings and might make some ripe for prosecution.

When the dust settles, what counts are the facts“.  Has he looked at the report?  There are multiple testimonies regarding the same clerics.  There are photocopies of letters and other documentation.  There are money trails.  Bring on the facts!

Many of those named are not priests: the list includes lay persons, deacons, and seminarians“.  He forgot to add “bishops”.  The point is that all accused were operating in church-related scenarios, under the authority of the hierarchy when they committed their crimes.  But let’s look again at Donohue’s curious omission of the word “bishops” in that sentence.  One key feature of this grand jury report is that it details the nefarious roles played by prelates either in the commission of the crimes themselves and/or by concealment of the crimes of their underlings and refusal to bring dangerous underlings to heel.

Even among the living, most have not had opportunity to rebut the accusations“.  Excuse me, but what’s to stop them from doing so now?  Let them do so – if they can.

In most cases there has been no attempt by the dioceses or the grand jury to verify the accusations.  This is what happens when an investigation extends back to World War II.”  Again, the purpose of a grand jury is to bring forth accusations, not conduct the actual trial.  As far as the dioceses goes, many have been doing everything in their power to stymie any real investigation; they are interested only in silencing the victims and “damage control”.  The latest evidence of that can be seen in my post from yesterday.  As far as the “world war 2” quip goes, that is necessary because there was no investigation of the crimes that occurred back then.

Then there’s this: “Those awaiting a grand jury report on the sexual abuse of minors in the public schools, or among the clergy of other religions, shouldn’t hold their breath. It will never happen.”  Talk about an irrelevant straw man!  As far as the crimes go that have been committed by clergy – including bishops, what happens outside the church is irrelevant.  At least these public school teachers and protestants aren’t committing sacrilege against the Sacrament of Holy Orders and vows of celibacy.

Then in this tome Donohue says that the “bishops strike the right tone“.  We’re not concerned about “tone”.  We’re concerned about truth.  Any bishop who concealed any pervert clergy – even if that pervert is a fellow bishop – should resign.

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3 comments on “Bill Donohue Is Sticking His Feet In His Mouth

  1. Frankly, there may not be much left to say about Donohue or his $ 35,000,000 trust fund spin machine. Like the wailing USCCCP, his remonstrations limply hang in the air without effect. But, since BD irks me so much, I’ll give it a go, anyway.
    He may be as “clueless” as his pals also claim to be but that is unlikely. It seems more likely that, like them, he’s been crunching numbers, sticking his finger in the air to gauge wind direction and making cash flow projections in order to best-guesstimate the impact of events on his own gravy train and make course corrections accordingly.
    His moolah is riding on the USCCCP’s ability to tapdance, blackmail and litigate its way out of harm’s way, once again.
    CL is a business. And the golden rule of business is he who hath the gold rules.
    And with billions of fed subsidies and a gargantuan real estate portfolio to fall back on, Donohue’s favored clientele must seem the safer bet to back.
    Last, one indication of CL’s prospects for longevity is whether Arroyo and EWTN continue his appearances. If so, it may serve CL and the USCCCP inasmuch as the NeoKathlyk media’s flagship PR guru, no doubt a “rock star” among longtime station viewers, can keep his own stock in play while deflecting and omitting as many MSM slings and arrows as possible until, inevitably, public attention drifts away and the game can resume without noisy, dangerous interference.
    That may seem a cynical estimation but business often is just as cynical as what a PA grand jury demonstrated this week in the case of some USCCCP “rock stars.”

  2. Quote: “Then there’s this: “Those awaiting a grand jury report on the sexual abuse of minors in the public schools, or among the clergy of other religions, shouldn’t hold their breath. It will never happen.” Talk about an irrelevant straw man! ”

    Well, it is not entirely irrelevant. There has been some grandstanding by legal bureaucrats to serve political agendas and anti-Catholic bigotry. There is a BIG difference between saying that “Catholic priests molested children” and “homosexuals infiltrated the Catholic Church to pretend to be priests in order to cover up sex crimes against minors.” One makes it sound like there is something characteristic about “Catholic priests” that makes them molest children due to Catholicism.

    There are sex crimes committed by secular public school teachers, non-Christian Hollywood directors and producers, Protestant clergymen, non-Catholics in the U.S. military, police departments, and the Boy Scouts. Anglican public schools in the U.K. historically have had serious problems with homosexuals molesting and raping students.

    We can all support cracking down on the problem in the Church to remove sexual predators from the priesthood. It is NOT Catholicism or the Catholic faith which causes men to assault teenage boys sexually.

    The Catholic Church has been infiltrated by homosexual sex perverts, Communists, modernist heretics, and anti-Catholic secret societies. All cooperate in efforts to change Catholic teachings and to destroy the Church from within. All of those anti-Catholic cabals need to be investigated and brought to justice. But so do the pervs in Hollywood and at NBC New, the Clintons and their enablers. Maybe legal authorities in Pennsylvania will investigate Illuminati sex abuse of minors, non-Christian white slavery, and sex trafficking and abuse in the pornography industry, but don’t hold your breath. As with other recent cases of child abuse, Obama-appointed judges will release them on bail. No smug, queer cable news hosts, gloating over the church scandals, will be calling for a national investigation of NAMBLA, Epstein Island, or underage prostitutes at Bohemian Grove.

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