Bill Donohue: the apotheosis of nasty, stupid Catholicism in America

Look, I can appreciate Catholics white-knuckling through the ups and downs of their beloved church. We all feel helpless when a large organization that we hold membership in goes awry, and almost none of us holds the sort of power that can right a ship that large.

So we hold on and we wish for the best. Sometimes we go a little overboard in swearing everything will be okay, y’know? We’re probably talking to ourselves. But this is different.

A week ago, the Catholic League’s Bill Donohue put out another press release about child molestation in the Church, this one focusing on a victim of de-frocked priest Daniel McCormack. Bill furthered all of his insulting, disgusting, pigheaded arguments:

1.) The ‘molesters’ are just homosexuals. You know what they’re like.
2.) These ‘victims’ are not boys, they’re young men.
3.) And they’re not really being raped, are they? C’mon.
4.) And methinks they doth protest too little (wink).

Donohue is easily one of the ugliest Americans on the planet:

It’s time to ask some tough questions. Why did this young man not object earlier? Why did he allow the “abuse” to continue until he was 18? The use of the quotes is deliberate: the charge against the former priest is not rape, but rubbing. While still objectionable, there is a glacial difference between being rubbed and raped.

Bill also has a gift for peacocking his stupidity at the crucial moment — witness the use of ‘glacial’ to mean ‘big’, which it does not. Or witness this, his comments on poor Tyler Clementi:

According to several reports, the Rutgers student who jumped off a bridge was non-plussed after he learned that his gay tryst was surreptitiously taped by his roommate and shown online; not long before he killed himself, he even wrote on a gay chat site that his roommate was “a pretty decent” guy.

nonplussed: ‘To put at a loss as to what to think, say, or do; bewilder.’ Yeah, I took my car to a mechanic because of a funny noise under the hood. He said it could be a big deal, but it also could be nothing. I was nonplussed, so I threw myself off the nearest skyscraper.

More of Bill’s Catholic ‘defense’:

. . those looking to sue the Catholic Church for being inappropriately rubbed decades ago are not exactly the poster boys for the victims of child rape. And because those who hate the Church continue to use the term child rape as a way of discrediting the Church. They lie about this being a pedophilia problem and they lie about the nature of the misconduct.

Donohue is dumb beyond words. He believes any priest who attacks a boy must therefore be gay, and it’s all just a homosexual thing. Bill’s especially idiotic for trying to rehabilitate Daniel McCormack — Dan pleaded guilty to molesting five boys and was sentenced to 5 years in prison.

In October, 1999, while McCormack was a priest at the Archdiocese’s Holy Family facility, the school principal, Sister Mary Therese Cusak, received a report that McCormack instructed a 4th grade boy, who wanted to be an altar boy, to pull down his pants so that McCormack could measure him (Ex. A, pg. 24; Ex D, defendants’ Answers to Interrogatories No. 3, pg. 3); Sister Cusak confronted McCormack about this report, and McCormack admitted that he used poor judgment.

The mother of an 8 year old also complained that McCormack assaulted her boy twice — so that would be a second or third grader.

And do we really have to sort through the clinical details of priests sodomizing pre-teens to prove the Catholic Church shattered the lives of trusting kids? No. To prove Bill Donohue is a nasty, ugly liar? No. He would have us do that, but I won’t.

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