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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