Comments from William A. Donohue, Ph.D

Bill Donohue, President of the Catholic League, commented on the deposition released yesterday by the Archdiocese of Milwaukee.

Here is an excerpt:

In short, there was nothing new—it was another fishing expedition conducted by a man who believes there should be one standard for the Catholic Church, and another for the rest of the world.

Cardinal Dolan was, as always, honest and courageous. I wish I could bill Anderson for the agony of having to read his boring pursuit.

You can read all of his comments here.

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4 Responses to “Comments from William A. Donohue, Ph.D”

  1. Joe Nichols says:

    Respectfully, Cardinal Dolan, “…the files contain a 2007 letter to the Vatican in which he explains that by transferring the assets, “I foresee an improved protection of these funds from any legal claim and liability.” The Vatican approved the request in five weeks, the files show.” That is an excerpt from the Times article. The real question is whether you wrote that letter.

    I love our Church. But neither you nor other blind defenders like Donahue — who is often more intolerant of others than he claims others are of our Church — can claim that you, personally, have been on the side of the victims of the past. It is reprehensible to worry about the money.

    As I have stated before, sadly, Cardinal, you are much too fascinated by the money and those with money.

    What harm would have come if the victims did, indeed, receieve compensation from the Diocese? Or, would you like to have it such that the democratic laws of our nation, and particularly, the judicial system of liability be suspended for you. If these victims were successful and got a zillion dollar verdict, so what?

    I cannot figure that Jesus Christ would be wringing his hands about money and status like you. Can you imagine after Judas criticized the woman washing Christ’s feet and Jesus turned and said, “You know you are right, Judas. From now on, let us put those coins in the cemetary fund. That way, in case anyone wishes to buy expensive oils we can shield the fund from them!”

    Cardinal Dolan, it is not all about your money and your status. Your actions in many areas of your leadership have been wonderful and helpful, and I would never want to see you step down. However, I would love to see you return to the roots of humility, poverty and compassion.

    The Church has terribly participated in abuse to children. It is time to stop worrying — stop being anxious about the money. Would it not be courageous to say to the victims, here is the money — what else can we do?

    As for Mr. Donahue, Ph. D., I cannot think of a more unworthy candidate for “spokesman of the Church.” He is the one who gave us, ” 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. That’s why they hate this movie. It’s about Jesus Christ, and it’s about truth. It’s about the Messiah.”

    On March 30, 2010, Donohue appeared on CNN’s Larry King Live as part of a panel discussing sexual abuse of children by priests. Donohue blamed the decades-old problem on gay priests, claiming they could not be considered pedophiles because most of the offenses involved “postpubescent” boys (defined in the interview as boys 12 years old or older) and were thus “homosexual” acts.

    Donohue characterized as “hysterical” the response to the Ryan Report, the result of a lengthy inquiry into the abuse of children in Ireland over decades, arguing that because not all abuse was performed by priests, and that not all abuse detailed was rape, that the report headlines indicating that Catholic priests conducted child abuse including rape were misleading.

    Cardinal, are you relying on this man, Dr. Donahue, as your character witness?

    Do you seriously wonder why the Church is losing membership?

  2. David Savidge says:

    Dear Cardinal Dolan:

    I have been an ardent supporter of yours for years now. I live in Boulder, Colorado, where this is sometimes a tough task. What makes it harder is that after sending that letter to the Pope asking to divert funds to make them less accessible to claimants in the abuse cases you told us that claims that you had done so were “malarky.” What is breaking my heart now is that I have not heard anything from you since the public release of that letter. Please admit what happened and what the letter meant (that you were in fact seeking to shield parish/archdiocese funds), admit that the “malarky” comment was, if not false, then at least incorrect, and ask your flock for forgiveness. If you cannot do these simple though difficult things, then what example are you to we in pews? You are a prince of the church. Please show you power as our Lord did, through humility and candor. If you of all of our church leaders cannot do this, then perhaps it is true that the greatest obstacle to the faithful in these times is not moral relativism or a culture of death (both so terribly real) but it may very well be the temporal church (as opposed to the mystical body of Christ).

    Please know that whatever your choice, you always remain in my prayers along with all of our leaders.

    With Christ’s love and in hope that he will find entry to your heart in these difficult times,

    David Savidge

  3. Mary Lu Callahan says:

    William Donohue is hardly a worthy defender to have in your camp. His blog posts for The Catholic League are often histrionic, usually snide and defamatory, and bordering on libelous. He is on a perpetual rant against the perceived “enemies of the Church” all around him, instead of fellow human beings in this same Mystical Body of Christ. I have been disappointed for a long time that Cardinal Dolan, and other bishops, have not called him to account on his words.

  4. Irene says:

    I agree with Mary Lu Callahan. We’re judged by the company we keep, Cardinal Dolan should distance himself from Mr. Donohue .