March 31, 2010
Written by Sue · Filed Under U.S., World
5 Responses to “Catholic Apologist Donohue: Gay Priests, ‘Post-Pubescent’ Boys to Blame for Abuse”
As a practicing, believing catholic, I am outraged by the nonsense views put forward by Mr Donohue. They are by no means representative for anyone but himself.
In my parish, we have discussed these issues at length, for they distress us all. We are all appalled by the abuse that has taken place, and even more so by the realization that some clerics knew but decided to say nothing. It is disgusting.
But the facts that are now being revealed and must be dealt with appropriately with respect and kindness towards the victims do not legitimize a witch hunt of the pope. It helps no one.
I think what Donohue is saying is absolutely on the button. I suggest the writer of this post read “Goodbye Good Men” and he will see that after the Second Vatican Council that the seminaries were taken over by homosexual priests and it was almost impossible for any young man to get into the priesthood unless he was homosexual. Most of the abused victims are boys not girls. After the Second Vatican Council some elements in the Church became far too liberal, tolerating immoral practices and we’ve seen the dreadful result.
Annette: I hardly think this counts as a witch hunt (another popular Catholic practice, as I recall). The level of suppression of information, the refusal to even acknowledge a problem, and the attempt to vilify the hundreds of victims for the horrors that they have experienced would be something that would get anyone thrown in prison for several lifetimes were it to happen in any Western country (and executed in most 3rd-world countrires) and they were not the the head of state revered by a bunch of idiots who seem to think he’s one step away from God incarnate.
Freda: So, molestation is the victim’s fault? Should the kids dress unappealingly, too? Oh, wait: rape is something inflicted on you. Even assuming the totally absurd premise that 8-yo boys were acting coquettishly to a priest (a sure sign of previous molestation), at some point, the priest had the responsibility of NOT unzipping his fly… and that’s where the lies are. You don’t know beans about sexual molestation and I suggest you go find out, or perhaps remember that if it ever happens to you, that you did this to yourself somehow by your own actions.
Gays are not the issue. Pedophilia is the issue. And lying about it to make it all go away again is what Cardinal Ratzinger has a history of doing. If he doesn’t like it, I guess he can just “offer it up” like all the good little Catholic school kids have been told to do for decades.
The ‘blame the gays,’ ‘blame the victims,’ and ‘blame the Jews,’ stuff I keep hearing isn’t helping their case at all. Almost all the outrage has not primarily stemmed from
the abuse, which happens elsewhere in similar numbers, but the history of coverup … which they keep continuing with all this crap.
Even if the abuse was more of a ‘gay pedophile’ than ‘straight pedophile’ problem, the church is still guilty of covering up a pedophilia problem.
PS: I just find it odd that an endlessly homophobic institution feels they can blaim homosexuals for an internal problem that outside groups composed ENTIRELY of openly gay males experience FAR less. If it was a gay problem, then one would think that gays would have this problem, but they don’t. That married gay couple across the street is easily one of the least likely couples in the nation to sexually, or otherwise, abuse yours, theirs, or anyone elses kids.
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