Bill Donohue, president of the Catholic League (of One) would like to explain why the rampant, systemic, decades-long Catholic priest sexual abuse problem just isn’t that big of a deal:
Catholic League president Bill Donohue comments on editorials that appear today in the New York Times and Washington Post:
Both of these newspapers misstate the facts, fail to mention relevant data, and then make unfair accusations against the Catholic Church on the issue of sexual abuse.
Both newspapers today editorialize on the subject of “pedophile priests.” It is one of the biggest myths of our time that the Catholic Church has had a problem with pedophile priests: as the John Jay College for Criminal Justice showed in its 2011 report on this subject, less than 5 percent of the abusers were pedophiles. In almost all cases, the victims were adolescent males who were inappropriately touched by homosexual priests.
So it’s the gays’ fault. Right. Also, apparently Bill is saying that it’s somehow not that big of a deal for priests to molest altar boys, as long as they’re teenagers?
Today’s Washington Post adds to the cover-up by pretending that the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP) is a legitimate organization that is being harassed by the Church. But anyone who has read the report we issued last year on inside information that was obtained from a SNAP conference knows that it is driven by raw hatred of Catholicism and intentionally manipulates the media.
Nice. Victim-blaming is alive and well with Bill Donohue, I see. Also, even if it IS the case that members of SNAP have a bit of a problem with the institution that covered up the fact that they were sexually abused by people in positions of power over them, how does that tarnish their credibility?
Donohue finishes with this:
Moreover, 85 Orthodox Jews from Brooklyn have recently been arrested for the sexual abuse of minors and yet neither newspaper reports on this.
“I know you are but so did Jews.” That makes it all better.
Stick to your failing crusade against Jon Stewart, Bill. At least that one’s funny.