I am just amazed at the antics of the President of the Catholic League, Mr. William Donohue. The more I read and watch the more I am convinced that the Catholic Court Jester has hijacked the press podium for the Catholic Church in the United States. In addition to his latest rants on Survivor’s Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP) and the all-out assault on Nuns who made the mistake of thinking and seeing the world through a lens not necessarily endorsed by a bunch of old men at the Vatican, this guy seems to be declaring war on the survivor community at large (Remember, we are not all card-carrying members of SNAP).
I am sure he is going to say that I am a godless, liberal, money seeking, “alleged” victim. He is a bully, and that is what bullies do. But for the record, I generally a conservative who was brought up in an Irish Catholic family in New York and Pennsylvania. The difference, well one of many, between Billy and me is that I don’t blindly support the Catholic Hierarchy. I also don’t make a living kissing the ass of the Archbishop of New York, amongst others.
Bill has a habit of running his mouth without verifying content beforehand. His rant on the front page of the Catholic League (which, surprisingly, not the governing body for Diocesan secondary school athletic teams) about SNAP is an excellent point in case. The YouTube Video and the accompanying “paper” on his undercover expose of the SNAP convention last year struck me.
If you read his epistle, you will notice this article lacks any definitive substance to back up his assertions. He relies on character assassination and belittling individuals instead of engaging in thoughtful discourse. All his attacks are meant to divert attention from silly little annoyances like nuns with brains, trials in Philadelphia, Bishops who lie and protect predators, vast numbers of Catholics leaving the church.
Why don’t we take a stroll through the epistle of St. Billy to the world concerning the SNAP Convention. It is about 9 pages of ranting and raving, but I recommend you take a look to get a glimpse into this guy’s mind. In a nutshell, everyone is at war with the Catholic Church. EVERYONE! My contention, based on my 16 years of Catholic
confinement education, is that the war is not being waged on the Catholic Church, it is being waged on the Hierarchy of the Catholic Church. You know, the people who have been covering up and deflecting attention away from the sexual abuse crisis that has been going on for decades, centuries even!
Bill sent undercover Catholic League operatives to the convention to infiltrate the organization. He did so because there is “nothing so salient than the precarious state of the due process for priests.” He calls these undercover operatives who have impeccable credentials who were there. Who were they? He can’t reveal his sources, just wink and go along with their “impeccable credentials.”
Bill then delves into the meat of his “treatise,” character assassination. Since Bill’s arguments tend to be emotional and unsubstantiated, he resorts to the tactic in the debate that is a clear indication of a weak position argument, attack the individual. (I was Jesuit trained, that is what I was taught).
His targets were William Spade, a former District attorney from Philadelphia. He dismisses Mr. Spade because he has an “eclectic” relationship with the Catholic Church. Let’s not discuss the ongoing criminal case, and Grand Jury reports about organized Roman Collar Crime and the cover-up of criminal activity in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. Let’s not confuse evidence of criminal activity and conspiracy because the person speaking has an “eclectic” relationship with the Catholic church. Despite the veracity of the message, the person delivering it is just not to Bill’s tastes.
His next target is Jeff Anderson, a Minnesota attorney who has been involved in litigation on behalf of victims. (In the interest of full disclosure, I must tell you that I am not a client of Mr. Anderson.) He was raised a Lutheran! MY GOD! He became a Catholic! SAY IT AIN’T SO! Then he became an atheist! (Seems like a natural progression to me.) Bill then goes on to call Mr. Anderson a “Hippie” (page 3) and makes a comment about his “diminutive 5’4″ ” stature. BILL DONOHUE HATES SHORT PEOPLE! Bill also makes mention that Mr. Anderson is a recovering alcoholic. BILL DONOHUE HATES RECOVERING ALCOHOLICS! So what we have learned here is that short recovering alcoholics are not to be believed. Of course, Mr. Anderson is only in this racket for the money. I understand completely. Just like the law firms and public relations firms on retainer with American Dioceses who have made billions defending the indefensible on behalf of the Catholic Hierarchy. Ask your Diocese about the amount of your donations that goes to lawyers, public relations firms and mouthpieces to attack, humiliate and demean victims of predator priests. (I will wait while you email your Bishop, Chancellor, Diocesian Comptroller…)
You can also take a moment here and understand his underlying theme that all victims of sexual assault at the hands of Catholic religious are out for only one thing… a big fat payday! (time to reach for the sarcasm meter key, it is right next to the “any” key on your keyboard) Yes, I plan on getting rich off of the fact that a Catholic Priest took a shine to my hot 13-year-old ass. As he was slapping me around, threatening me, telling me the lie that my mother approved of my “visits” and that God thought this activity was alright, I was thinking that 40 years down the line I would be getting a big ass payday! Keep drinking Bill, you may actually see this post as proof of concept.
Bill Donohue is the face of the Catholic laity. If you are a Catholic and you are not screaming for this moron’s head, you are allowing the rest of the world to believe that zealots and clowns are protecting the faith. Good men and women must be in short supply in the pews (oh, I forgot, Catholics are fleeing the church in droves) or they have stupidly clung to the lies of the Bishops that “all is well.” Bill Donohue is the personification of the Catholic faithful, whether they like it or not. This guy is proof to the world that Catholics are asleep at the switch.
If you want to have a conversation Bill, give me a call. I doubt your style of personal attack would survive very long against a Jesuit trained survivor. Bring it on Billy! Bring your buddy Dolan along. Leave the nuns alone, they are way out of your league (Catholic or otherwise). It will be a battle of the wits, and I will be fighting a half armed man.
You know what they say about grumpy Irish men who rant on and on about how horribly they or their causes are being treated! Oops, there I go rereading the Catholic League playbook.