USCCB President Archbishop Dolan Praises Controversial Bill Donohue
Taking to his blog yesterday, newly elected President of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, Archbishop Timothy Dolan, wrote a piece entitled “Why we need the Catholic League, praising the right-wing Catholic group’s figurehead Bill Donohue for his most recent efforts to stir conservative outrage over a manufactured controversy.
Dolan frames Donohue as a noble defender of the Church from anti-Catholic attacks, but ignores Donohue’s controversial history–only acknowledging that “some may take occasional issue with his style.” But the criticism of Bill Donohue isn’t just about style, it’s about substance too. Specifically, his track record of offensive, untrue and stridently partisan statements raise many questions as to whether the top American bishop should be endorsing him.
Donohue’s problematic past includes promoting discredited links between pedophilia and homosexuality to scapegoat gays for the Church sex abuse crisis, blaming sex abuse victims for their abuse, calling Catholics he disagrees with “termites” and accusing them of disloyalty, and stoking anti-Muslim bigotry.
Donohue also has a troubling history of anti-Semitic comments. During an appearance on Scarborough Country in 2004 he claimed:
“Hollywood is controlled by secular Jews who hate Christianity in general and Catholicism in particular. It’s not a secret, OK? And I’m not afraid to say it.”
And given the chance to explain or retract his remarks, he chose to defend them instead.
Donohue’s pattern of bombastic bullying and fear-mongering to stoke the culture wars represents the type of behavior that undermines the Church’s credibility in the eyes of Catholics and non-Catholics alike. Is this really the type of Catholicism Archbishop Dolan wants to endorse?
H/T Our Daily Thread
UPDATE: Catholics United has started a petition asking Archbishop Dolan to disassociate from Donohue.