Tuesday, April 12, 2011

The Issue Is H@mosexuality, Not Ped@philia

...in a lengthy letter from the Catholic League president Bill Donohue argued, talking about priests:  “There is no other group in the U.S. which is subjected to such abuse.” “What accounts for the relentless attacks on the Church?  Lets face it.  If its teachings were pro-abortion, pro-gay marriage and pro-women clergy, the dogs would have been called off years ago,” Donohue wrote. 
The letter contrasts with recent expressions of repentance heard in the Seattle Archdiocese. A recent commentary at Seattle’s Jesuit-run St. Joseph Church talked of “a communal responsibility, a responsibility too often avoided in our culture and in our church.” The commentary followed a recent $166 million settlement between Northwest Jesuits and plaintiffs, mainly Native Americans, who claimed abuse at schools in Washington and Alaska.  
It spoke of “repentant listening that is needed in the church.” “Where would we all be, for instance, had not many voices, including those of victims and of people in the pews, spoken up and told the awful truth about clergy sexual abuse and the way the Church handled it, when speaking up was regarded by many as an act of disloyalty,” Fr. Michael Ryan, pastor of St. James Cathedral, said in a recent homily. Donohue, by contrast, charged that “some are exploiting this issue for ideological and financial profit.” 
He also took issue with allegations of widespread child rape from victims and their advocates. “Lets get it straight — they weren’t children and they weren’t raped,” Donohue alleged.  “We know from the John Jay study that most of the victims have been adolescents, and that the most common abuse has been inappropriate touching (inexcusable though this is, it is not rape).
“The Boston Globe correctly said of the John Jay report that ‘more than three-quarters of the victims were post pubescent, meaning the abuse did not meet the clinical definition of pedophilia.’
“In other words, the issue is homosexuality, not pedophilia.”
Link (here) to Seattle PI

The Catholic League is the nation's largest Catholic civil rights organization. Founded in 1973 by the late Father Virgil C. Blum, S.J., the Catholic League defends the right of Catholics – lay and clergy alike – to participate in American public life without defamation or discrimination.
Link (here) the Catholic Leagues website.


Pauli said...

Thank God for the Catholic League. Yes, we need for the guilty perps to be exposed, but the exploiters in the legal and media industries are the real scandal at this point.

muebles lleida said...

It can't actually work, I believe so.