Did the Catholic League’s Bill Donohue just applaud the gay press?

Did the Catholic League’s Bill Donohue just applaud the gay press? December 5, 2018

It would seem so from a piece he posted today. In it he berates ‘the mainstream media’ for ignoring what he sees as a ‘green light’ given by Pope Francis to purge the Catholic Church of gay priests and seminarians.

After attacking the “stunning” failure of the media – including the New York Times, the Washington Post and the Los Angeles Times  – to publicise a book-length interview called The Strength of Vocation due out next week, Donohue wrote:

It is striking to note that the gay press, and pundits on the left, did not play the cover-up game. Pink News expressed its displeasure with the pope, the Advocate called his remarks a ‘new broadside against gays’, and the Daily Beast screamed, ‘Pope Francis Goes Full Homophobe, Now ‘Very Worried’ About Homosexuality in the Church.

He missed out Gay Star News (“Pope Francis says ‘no room’ for homosexuality in the clergy”), Towleroad (“Worried About ‘Fashionable’ Homosexuality, Pope Francis Says Gays Should Not Be Accepted into Catholic Ministry”), and probably a host of others.

But, hey, Donohue, above, is a very busy old geezer, and despite his unhealthy obsession with homosexuality he can’t be expected to keep tabs on every gay website.

Donohue insists that what the Pope says in the book is:

A good start. But we need those in positions of influence in the Catholic Church, beginning with seminaries, to follow through. He’s given us the green light – now it’s time to finish the job.

That job, of course, is to rid the church of homosexuals.

So, what exactly did the Vicar of Christ say that the “mainstream media” are covering up?

The National Catholic Register reports that the Pope as saying:

The issue of homosexuality is a very serious issue that must be adequately discerned from the beginning with the candidates, if that is the case. We have to be exacting. In our societies it even seems that homosexuality is fashionable and that mentality, in some way, also influences the life of the Church.

Fashionable huh? No wonder this tosh was ignored.

Francis recalled that one time:

I had a somewhat scandalized bishop here who told me that he had found out that in his diocese, a very large diocese, there were several homosexual priests and that he had to deal with all that, intervening, above all, in the formation process, to form a different group of clergy

Francis also said he was told by one religious superior that the issue was:

Not that serious, it’s just an expression of an affection.

Francis warned:

That’s a mistake. It’s not just an expression of an affection. In consecrated and priestly life, there’s no room for that kind of affection. Therefore, the Church recommends that people with that kind of ingrained tendency should not be accepted into the ministry or consecrated life. The ministry or the consecrated life is not his place.

The book is the transcript of an interview conducted by Fr Fernando Prado, director of the Claretian publishing house in Madrid.

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  • Cozmo the Magician

    IOW “Gays Bad, Child rapers not so much”

  • Kevin K

    Or, he could have been going for the ever-popular “gay priests are the child molesters, not the regular non-gay priests.” The accusation of homosexuality being equal to pedophilia being perhaps the most-common one.

  • DingoJack

    Uh Bill – the reason the media largely ignored this story is that, outside your head, no-one much cares about the pontifications of the pedo-in-chief. He, and his organisation, have proven to be self-serving hypocrites who issue reams and reams of press releases and then do nothing at all to prevent the actual causes of the damage they inflict.
    See that flashing red light in your peripheral vision Bill? That’s your complete & utter irrelevancy warning — it’s looking like a strobe.

  • John Pieret

    They’re intending to keep gays out of the clergy? … And they think they have a shortage of priests now? …

  • Pope who, now? And why would I care what he said? He’s not my spiritual leader!

  • barriejohn

    Typical of a Christian leader to literally pontificate that affection between two humans is inappropriate! I encountered “teachers” who thought that Christians should not keep pets because they might usurp the place of Jesus in their affections – or at least mean that they couldn’t devote so much attention to their “relationship” with him. Yet they promoted marriage and childbearing (loveless, I assume). Strange (again!).

    Here’s a good one (a bit OT). I knew people who would have come out with similar tripe, and the comments just compound the level of idiocy!


  • andrewm031

    Maajid Nawaz covered this on his LBC programme on Sunday. Unfortunately it seems LBC only offer catch-up via their app. The contributions were staggering.One came back, ” I know my argument is flawed but..” None could could answer why the biblical prohibition on homosexuality should be followed closer than other admonitions in there.

    The best one even admitted that Catholic doctrine was “illogical” and “irrational” , but said if you were a Catholic, you followed it without question. Maajid got him to admit that to him murder , child sexual abuse and divorce were morally the same. He then said the caller was a “disgusting man.” He was certainly pretty dim.

  • barriejohn

    I heard evangelical Christians say that there were no “grades” of sin, and that all were equally abhorrent to God. Palpable nonsense, even if their god existed, as the Bible says otherwise. I also posted a clip on the other site of Sister Wendy stating that the Church was wrong about gay relationships, but that because it is the Church it will eventually get it right! How can anyone be so naive? Unfortunately, I can’t find the video now.

  • Milo C

    The Church loves ambiguity so much they should give Ace and Gary sainthood. I can predict that another statement will be released saying these are from private conversations or simple musings from the Pope and don’t necessarily reflect the Church’s official position. Just don’t ask for the Church’s official position.

  • Jim Jones

    > That job, of course, is to rid the church of homosexuals.

    Who’ll be left? Just the kiddie rapers?