Bill Donohue doesn't like the fact that people are being so unfair to the Pope, a man whose only crime is not helping children in his care when they were accusing a specific priest of molesting them. If that's wrong, then His Holiness doesn't ever want to be right.
So Donohue took out an ad in the NY Times to defend the Pope. Most of his claims are silly (Cardinal Ratzinger was sent a memo about the priest in question, but there's no proof he ever read it!), but this one stands out:
The Times continues to editorialize about the "pedophilia crisis," when all along it's been a homosexual crisis. Eighty percent of the victims of priestly sexual abuse are male and most of them are post-pubescent. While homosexuality does not cause predatory behavior, and most gay priests are not molesters, most of the molesters have been gay.
What's that last sentence even supposed to me?
If gay priests aren't likely to be child molesters, then what's the point of even bringing that up?
Oh, right, because if you can blame a group people already think are child molesters, then people will stop blaming the person in authority who actually had the power to do something about the child molestation. It's a typical "Look, it's something distracting!" tactic.
And people are willing to believe that. Keri Renault just posted about an attempt to allow discrimination against LGB people in Maryland, and Republicans are focused, of course, on teachers. The Nation recently had a decent article about gay discrimination bans, and it opened with this story:
Audrey teaches middle school near Kalamazoo, Michigan. She's also a lesbian--but if she's fully open about this, it will put her job, and her ability to take care of herself and her children, at risk.
"It is not safe to talk about my personal life with my professional colleagues," Audrey (not her real name) says. "I do not attend most staff gatherings outside of school, because I am uncomfortable not being able to be myself."
But "it does not affect my daily work as a teacher that much," she goes on. "And that is the point. I do the best I can in my classroom, I care about my students, I plan lessons, grade papers, manage student conflict. None of my professional responsibilities are affected by my sexual orientation."
Nonetheless, Audrey feels that she needs to limit how open she is about herself for the sake of her job--even after her community overwhelmingly passed the nation's most recent nondiscrimination ordinance, protecting people from discrimination based on sexual orientation in housing and employment.
She's hardly alone.
People straight up don't like the thought of us interacting with children, which is why Donohue thought it would be an easy way to deflect attention away from the Pope. Heck, some people might even think there's something to his "argument."
This is the sort of scandal that'll have people looking for a scapegoat, and that scapegoat's likely to be us (just as we were the scapegoat the last time around). Which means that the problem won't get solved and more and more people will lose trust in the Church.
All the while, the Church and other Catholic organizations continue to inject themselves into politics as if they're some sort of authority figure. Why does anyone who's not Catholic listen?