20 March 2010

Defending the indefensible

As the sexual abuse scandal surrounding the Catholic Church and the Vatican, itself, continues to expand, Bill Donohue and the Catholic League have leapt into the fray and, unbelievably, managed to land on the wrong side:
Criticism of Catholic Church is unfair

Employers from every walk of life, in both the U.S. and Europe, have long handled cases of alleged sex abuse by employees as an internal matter.

...Indeed, the zeitgeist of the day was that rehabilitation not only works, it is virtuous...Had the Catholic Church simply tossed the offenders out, it would have been branded as heartless.

...the focus on sexual abuse in the Catholic Church is far out of proportion to the attention given by the media to the sexual molestation of minors when committed by non-Catholic clergymen. According to a report by the New York Times in October, the Brooklyn district attorney's office had filed charges in 26 cases of sexual abuse involving members of the ultra-Orthodox Jewish community.
Breathtaking, isn't it?

You *do* realize this column is nothing less than a suicide note for your credibility, don't you, Billy?

The attempt to defend the Catholic Church's decision to play "three-card molester monte" with their offending priests as being "how everyone did it" is the height of brain-dead apologism. And then to compound it with the simply audacious claim that the church would've been seen as "heartless" for ousting the guilty? I don't know about you, but I'm very curious to know at what point in the last several decades the people were such staunch supporters of giving child molesters the benefit of the doubt.

Bottom line: This was decades of sexual assault on defenseless children in parish after parish in country after country. The fact that he's now whining about what is and isn't fair and trying to respond to people's justifiable outrage with any kind of "but..." is reprehensible on its face.

Equally without merit is his grossly mendacious claim that the focus on the Catholic Church is "out of proportion. The evidence? A mere handful of cases involving the Jewish community.

As ol' Billy apparently needs reminding, there have been *thousands* of substantiated allegations against Catholic priests, not a few dozen. Given the extent of the abuses that were perpetrated upon so many, the attempt to portray the Catholic Church as any kind of victim, here, is as repugnant as it is unsupportable.

Donohue would do well to learn when silence is the best course of action before he embarrasses himself--and those who allow him to represent them--further. In fact, after this disgusting little screed, the next thing that the powers that be at the Catholic League should have him write is a letter of resignation.

If not, shame on them all.

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