Catholic Apologist Donohue: Gay Priests, ‘Post-Pubescent’ Boys to Blame for Abuse

March 31, 2010

(ChattahBox)—The Catholic Church and its spiritual leader Pope Benedict XVI is under siege for a growing and global clerical sex abuse scandal that began in Germany with reports of a cover-up of rampant sexual abuse of children by priests, which leads right to the front door of the Vatican. When the Pope served as archbishop of Munich, then-named Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, he is accused of mishandling priest abuse cases, putting children at risk and failing to defrock an American priest accused of molesting 200 deaf boys in Wisconsin. But Benedict is fighting back against caims that he is personally responsible. Benedict, as well as other Catholic officials, have waged a campaign attacking the media, particularly The New York Times, which first reported on the Pope’s involvement in covering up abuse cases in Germany. Pope Benedict himself, at a Palm Sunday service, referred to the allegations against him, as “petty gossip of dominant opinion.” And Vatican officials called the allegations an “ignoble attempt” to smear Pope Benedict and his top advisers “at any cost.”

But the radical Catholic apologist, Bill Donohue, president of the Catholic League, took his defense of the Pope to a new low, by blaming the sexual abuse of children by priests, on homosexuality. You see, clerical pedophilia is the fault of the gays. But not only gay priests. Oh, no. Donohoe also takes aim at the “post-pubescent” victims,  somehow suggesting that they are either willing participants, or they somehow lured the priests to abuse them with their “post-pubescent” gayness.  And he makes the vile argument that sexual abusing pre-teen or teen boys is not pedophilia. Shameful!

Donohue, took out a full-page ad in the New York Times Tuesday, entitled “Going for the Vatican Jugular,” in which he declared that Pope Benedict is an innocent victim and he is being framed. Who is framing him? A powerful cabal of atheist degenerates who hate the Catholic Church, led by The New York Times in league with a radical lawyer, whose aim is to weaken the Church, by promoting abortion, gay marriage and women’s ordination. And who is to blame for the crisis of pedophile priests in the Catholic Church? Gays, of course:

“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. Here’s what’s really going on. The Times has teamed up with Jeffrey Anderson, a radical lawyer who has made millions suing the Church (and greasing professional victims’ groups like SNAP), so they can weaken its moral authority. Why? Because of issues like abortion, gay marriage and women’s ordination. That’s what’s really driving them mad, and that’s why they are on the hunt. Those who doubt this to be true need to ask why the debt-ridden Times does not spend the same resources looking for dirt in other institutions that occurred a half-century ago.”

And in a rant on the Catholic League’s Web site, Donohue claims that pedophile priests receive less rights than al-Qaeda terrorists:

“It is a sad day when al-Qaeda suspects are afforded more rights than priests. That this kind of intellectual thuggery should emanate from those who fancy themselves tolerant and fair-minded makes the sham all the more despicable.”

Indeed, Donohue’s claims are despicable.


5 Responses to “Catholic Apologist Donohue: Gay Priests, ‘Post-Pubescent’ Boys to Blame for Abuse”

  1. Annette Berkhahn on March 31st, 2010 2:42 pm

    Dear Sirs,

    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.

    Best regards,

    Annette Berkhahn

  2. Freda on March 31st, 2010 8:23 pm

    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.

  3. John Hedtke on April 4th, 2010 12:47 pm

    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.

  4. JakeH on April 9th, 2010 10:53 am

    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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