from Holy Roman Shenanigans
William A. Donohue has an interesting slant. Donohue is President of the Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights and the author of Secular Sabotage: How Liberals are Destroying Religion and Culture in America.
Former Senator Rick Santorum comes to the same conclusion: “Yes it is startling that those in the media and academia appear most disturbed by this aberrant behavior, since they have zealously promoted moral relativism by sanctioning ‘private’ moral matters such as alternative lifestyles. Priests, like all of us, are affected by culture. When the culture is sick, every element in it becomes infected. While it is no excuse for this scandal, it is no surprise that Boston, a seat of academic, political and cultural liberalism in America, lies at the center of the storm.”
Yeah, as we already heard “the sexual revolution is to blame.”
Donohue elaborates: “It’s not pedophilia. Most of the victims are post- pubescent. You have to get your facts straight. I’m sorry. If I’m the only one who is dealing with facts tonight, that’s it. The vast majority of the victims are post-pubescent. That’s not pedophilia, buddy. That’s homosexuality!”
Larry King: “What is the age?”
Donohue: “Twelve, thirteen years of age.”
In other words, these acts were committed by consenting homosexuals. So what’s all the fuss about?
Here’s Bill at his sophistic and syllogistic best: “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 more of Donohue’s slanted slant: “Almost everybody who was abused wasn’t raped.”
I guess I’m one of “the liberals who are destroying religion in America.” All I can say to Donohue is “You better open some law books, buddy!” But I couldn’t do half the job you’re doing, Bill.
Donohue’s solution: “The Church has been too quick to write a check, and I think they’ve realized it would be a lot less expensive in the long run if we fought them one by one.”
Donohue’s declaration: “SNAP is a menace to the Catholic Church.”
Why is that Bill? Why would or should they be a menace? Who and what, pray Bill, caused
I’m nonplussed again. Donahue’s line is being adopted as the official line.
Donohue gets “official” backing from Chilian Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone: “Many psychologists and psychiatrists have demonstrated that there is no relation between celibacy and pedophilia. They do believe, however, that there is a relation between homosexuality and pedophilia. That is true….That is the problem”
Brazilian Archbishop Dadeus Grings has an interesting slant: “Adolescents are spontaneously homosexual and in need of guidance, Society today is pedophile, that is the problem. So, people easily fall into it. And the fact (that) it is denounced is a good sign.”
Pope Benedict clarifies: In a statement, the Vatican said: “For his part, the Holy Father observed that the sexual abuse of children and young people is not only a heinous crime, but also a grave sin which offends God and wounds the dignity of the human person created in his image.”
Rev. Charles Scicluna, the Vatican prosecutor of clerical sex abuse warned perpetrators that they would suffer damnation in Hell that would be worse than the death penalty.
No need for justice or punitive measures or on earth! Satan and Hellfire will take care of it.
- Attorneys Grill the Victims
As we know it is traditionally the job of the rapist’s attorney to badger the victim and break her down by placing her integrity and veracity in question. The victims are easy prey, since have come to loathe themselves for having been victimized, and they loathe their bodies for having been abused.
The clergy, all the way up and down, doesn’t seem to give a damn about how the victims feel. They have no qualms of conscience about causing them additional suffering. Everyone knows that if you work a victim over, there is a possibility of making him insane or causing him to commit suicide.
Ed Fagan achieved notoriety in Austria as a hard-nosed and ruthless lawyer, but there isn’t only one Fagan in the United States. There’s an army of Fagans. The Fagan who headed a team of lawyers who got O. J. Simpson off the hook happened to be black. There are plenty WASP Fagans, and plenty who are of the Catholic faith.
Initially the Church decided pay compensation to the victims. However, after the Church accountants presented their estimate of how high the sum might be, the dignitaries realized if they ever paid it, the next receptacle for contributions would be a tin cup. So the alternative was to have a bunch of Catholic Fagans to get them off the hook. The “devout” Fagans are representing the Church for altruistic reasons - not for profit. They work gratis or are charging cut-rate fees for their services. Their aim is to cow the victims and their families into withdrawing their suits.
From the Herald Tribune: “Church lawyers make no apologies for their tactics. They argue that their ethical obligation is to their client, not to some abstract moral standard.” And here’s one from the horse’s mouth, namely Church attorney Joseph Sweeney: “I’m not just going to lay down and die just because I represent the Church. I attempt to be decent, but I’m not going to give away the store.”
How do you like that for “human decency?” I go to the Herald Tribune again. “A diocesan attorney confronted a 22-year-old former altar boy who accused a local priest of abuse. The attorney portrayed the man as a homosexual, a liar and an alcoholic. The diocesan lawyer asked at one point if the man blamed himself for the abuse.”
That’s how the Catholic attorneys are dealing with the victims of priests, who may now be grown, or are still minors, and that’s how they are dealing with their families. Can you imagine that? Who or what do the dignitaries think can be salvaged? And there is another aspect they haven’t taken into account. Americans are not softies. They can’t be cowed. They are tough and they stick to their guns. Thanks to SNAP, a battle is being waged.
Cardinal Egan of New York likes to have his cake and eat it too. Egan admitted that when he was bishop of the diocese of Stanford Connecticut, the Church covered up pedophilia by one of his priests, but Egan testified that the Church did not bear responsibility for the priest’s actions.
According to Egan: “Priests are self-employed contractors working for autonomous parishes.”
Egan gets backing from the Vatican. Secretary of State Cardinal Tarcisio Bertoni: “The power Church is indivisible. The cases of abuse are personal failings of priests. The Church does not share responsibility. Whoever makes that claim undermines the credence of the Church.”
Sounds like the patron saint of Egan and Bertoni is Pontius Pilate.
The hierarchy is using methods that would comprise a one-way ticket to Underworld for members of the flock. But perhaps they think that wearing the cloth will get them special celestial treatment.
- Herbert Kuhner