I’ve written before about Bill Donohue’s tireless defense of child rapists by downplaying their crimes, so this is really nothing new. Here’s what he recently said:
The refrain that child rape is a reality in the Church is twice wrong: let’s get it straight—they weren’t children and they weren’t raped. We know from the John Jay study that most of the victims have been adolescents, and that the most common abuse has been inappropriate touching (inexcusable though this is, it is not rape). The Boston Globe correctly said of the John Jay report that “more than three-quarters of the victims were post pubescent, meaning the abuse did not meet the clinical definition of pedophilia.” In other words, the issue is homosexuality, not pedophilia.
As usual, he’s wrong on all counts. Half of the sexual abuse involved female victims and just because some of the abuse happened to teenagers instead of pre-pubescents, that doesn’t make it okay. Not even close. Not only did the specific offenders rape underage (and sometimes very underage) minors but they abused their position of trust in order to do so. And worst of all, a point Donohue has no interest in acknowledging, the Church directly conspired to cover up these crimes and this cover-up reaches reaches the very top of the Church’s leadership. The US court system has even served the pope with papers over his involvement in the cover-up.
It’s just appalling that he continues to maintain this untenable position and nobody seems interested in denouncing him or making any attempt to distance themselves from him. I even saw Donohue representing the Catholic League at the recent St. Patrick’s Day Parade in NYC. As far as I can tell, nobody suggested it would be inappropriate to allow a child rape supporter to participate in what’s supposed to be a family friendly parade.
- Bill Donohue: Priest Sex Abuse Victims Were “Not Children” And “Not Raped” (crooksandliars.com)
- Why does the Catholic church allow Bill Donohue to speak for them? (scienceblogs.com)
- Jesus Thinks Bill Donohue Is a Dumbass (passthedoucheys.com)
- Bill Donohue Blames The Victims, Gays For Catholic Sex Abuse Scandal Once Again (lezgetreal.com)
- Catholic Group Claims Children Abused by Priests Weren’t Victims – They Were Gay (slog.thestranger.com)