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NY probe into Catholic sex abuse blasted by Bill Donohue

NY probe into Catholic sex abuse blasted by Bill Donohue

News that the New York Attorney General’s office, headed by Barbara Underwood, has issued subpoenas to every Catholic diocese in the state with regard to Catholic sex abuse, has drawn a stinging rebuke from Bill Donohue, President the Catholic league.

In a letter dated September 6, Donohue wrote:

Your decision to launch a grand jury investigation of Catholic dioceses – to the exclusion of all other religions, private non-sectarian institutions, and public sector entities – is manifestly unjust and indefensible. Are you saying that the sexual abuse of minors is peculiar to Catholic institutions?

Would you convene a grand jury on criminal behavior, focusing exclusively on black neighborhoods? Then why are you singling out the Catholic Church for an investigation of sexual misconduct?

Because a grand jury probe of Catholic dioceses in Pennsylvania turned up old cases of abuse? Imagine what a grand jury investigation of the public schools would find about current cases of abuse! Will you launch one?

Are you aware that the New York Archdiocese has an Independent Compensation and Reconciliation Program that is designed to deal with such issues? Are you aware that it was Cardinal Timothy Dolan who employed this initiative to uncover allegations against Theodore McCarrick, resulting in his resignation as a cardinal? Do you know of a
single minister, rabbi, or public school official who ever outed one of his own colleagues for such offenses.

I look forward to your response.

The brilliant Stephen Fry labels Catholic priests “extraordinarily sexually disfunctional people” in this video at around 9:05.

New York is the latest US state to embark on an extensive investigation of sex crimes committed and covered up by Catholic priests.

The Church faces a major test over the next several months, as the Attorneys General of at least five states conduct investigations and several more consider opening up the decades-old secret files of the dioceses in their states. Millions of Catholics nationwide now must grapple with attending a church that is under criminal investigation.

After New York’s subpoenas were issued, New Jersey quickly followed, announcing a criminal task force. New Mexico launched an investigation this week, and Nebraska and Missouri have inquiries underway.

Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro set off this wave when he announced last month the results of a massive grand jury investigation, alleged that more than 1,000 children were sexually abused by more than 300 priests in six of the state’s Catholic dioceses, over a period spanning more than 70 years. The report began a storm across the country, with many Catholic faithful demanding that their own dioceses open their files to criminal investigators to examine whether a similarly extensive cover-up took place.

Shapiro said on Thursday:

Our work in Pennsylvania has spurred a movement.

Marci Hamilton, a professor of religion and law at the University of Pennsylvania who is an expert on child protection laws, said these state investigations signal a totally new phase in the US government’s treatment of clergy abuse. While several other countries have had government-led national probes of child sexual abuse, in the United States, Pennsylvania’s is the very first state-wide investigation.

Previously, Hamilton believed, US politicians like attorneys general didn’t want to touch the church.

Since 2002, I’ve been waiting to hear three words: ‘Clergy sex abuse’. It’s see no evil, hear no evil. They are terrified in this hyper-religious liberty environment of offending an organized religion like the Catholic Church.

She thinks state officials changed their minds when they saw Shapiro:

Did it with no political peril.

State probes could cause many US Catholics to leave the church, as happened after a national investigation in Ireland, where the Catholic Church was literally part of the government. Hamilton noted that Scotland’s government also ran a national probe, as did Germany, Sweden, Japan. A commission by the Australian government ran a years-long investigation that just ended this year.

Michael Merz, a federal judge in Ohio said:

People are much less inclined to belong to institutions that are suspect. There’s no doubt that a lot of people have left because of doubting the integrity of this particular institution.

Hat tip: AgentCormac

13 responses to “NY probe into Catholic sex abuse blasted by Bill Donohue”

  1. Harry says:

    Donohue … he squeals so loudly and so irrationally that one is bound to suspect that he himself has raped children. What other explanation can there be? Why is he so desperate to defend the indefensible? Could it be some reward for his vociferous defence of the RCC?

    “Hey Bill, you are doing a great job so why not come over to the church Saturday and join in … I got some kids lined up … you have earned it”. “Got a couple of hot sinner nuns lined uptoo – I smoked out at confessional – and I can get you a couple of gay seminaries if you prefer”. “So come on over”.

  2. AgentCormac says:

    What an abhorrent little gobshite Donohue is. If he had even a modicum of humanity about him he would instead be expressing his shame for having defended what Harry above rightly terms the indefensible.

  3. Kentucky Boy says:

    A repulsive individual, very appropriate as an RCC spokesman

  4. John the Drunkard says:

    I hadn’t actually heard Donohue’s voice before. He gets a public platform on the basis of his ‘League.’ Has anyone published accounts of that ‘league’s’ funding and organization?

  5. Francis says:

    Donohue used to say to Hitch … “When an Irish man speaks English men have to shut up”.

    That just about sums up Donohue … an overbearing, sanctimonious, specious, bigotted, hate ridden, totally immoral, excremental, shameless, malignant, lying, dishonest , malevolent, shitehawk.

    He would have made a wonderful Catholic Priest. He has all the necessary characteristics especially that of a dangerously violent temper perilously close to detonation. If he was catholic priest there is no doubt in my mind that he would be more that capable, and maybe desirous of, exercising the most vile and violent acts of inhumanity upon children left in his trust.

    A horrid man who should be very careful when walking the streets as there are many who ache to give him a seriously good beating. Would I intervene? Yes of course but only if he was in danger of mortal injury.

    As Hitch said of Falwell … “Give him an enema and you can bury him in a matchbox”.

  6. StephenJP says:

    From what I have seen of Bill Donohue (rather too much, to be honest), he is the kiss of death for every cause he shouts about. Not only are his opinions off-putting, the way he expresses them are obnoxious. I can’t imagine anyone who is taken in by him.

  7. AgentCormac says:

    @StephenJP
    Interesting, isn’t it, that religiots like Donohue and the Christian Legal Centre’s Andrea Minichiello Willaims – in other words the ones who moan the loudest and complain the most – have the most horrendous track records in terms of getting results.

    Just like the tedious ‘street preachers’ we must all occasionally endure in town and city centres, they have absolutely no audience. Goodness, it’s almost as if no one else could give a toss.

    You’d think that one day they might actually get the message: no one else really does give a toss.

  8. StephenJP says:

    @AC: absolutely! Indeed, some of those in our town centres (yes, JWs, I’m looking at you) just stand there these days, and wait for people to come up to them. Certainly where I live, I am pretty sure that no-one else does give a toss.

    I must say that, given the CLC’s almost unblemished record of failure, it would be interesting to see who’s funding them.

  9. 1859 says:

    Donohue May well be right – there may well be loads of other institutions guilty of sexually abusing children, but what his whining is really saying is – ‘Why pick on the poor,old Catholics Church?’ My answer is, what better place to start than with an instituion which is supposed to be the standard bearer of morality, but whose track record is one of lies, rape, neglect of children to the point of murder etc., etc. You’ e Got to start somewhere.

  10. Gareth says:

    God said “Thou shalt not bear false witness”. Have you forgotten that Mr Donohue? And don’t forget when God speaks an Irish American shite has to shut up.

    But anyway keep on spewing out your trash talk because with every word you turn more people away from the pile of filth that is the RCC. And yes there are other organisations that harbour Paedophiles but let’s start with the one which treats child rape as a rightful reward for is priests and which does so on an industrial scale.

    Name the crime and the RCC is guilty of it. Name the crime and someone in the RCC is probably committing it right now.

    And next time you pass by your local neighbourhood RC church building remember that it’s almost a certainty that a child has been sexually abused in it. Just think on that.

  11. Angela_K says:

    On the subject of catholic priests and their penchant for child abuse, today BBC2 at 9pm is again showing the drama documentary film “Spotlight” about the Boston Globe’s investigation of catholic priests. well worth watching.

  12. Peter Sykes says:

    I wonder what DonyPoo would make of this:
    “I am for liberty of conscience in its noblest, broadest, and highest sense. But I cannot give liberty of conscience to the pope and his followers, the papists, so long as they tell me, through all their councils, theologians, and canon laws that their conscience orders them to burn my wife, strangle my children, and cut my throat when they find their opportunity.” – Abraham Lincoln

  13. Tony A says:

    Angela K. Yes “Spotlight” is a brilliant fact-based film showing the extent of the abuse going on within the RCC. I spent time at a Catholic seminary in the early fifties in Holland and I know from personal experience how long this cancer has been present. What truly amazes me is that after widespread exposure all over the world this vile institution manages to carry on virtually unscathed. The “few rotten apples” excuse seems to be widely accepted amongst the RC flock and elsewhere. There is little realisation that if there are baskets full of rotten apples the whole orchard ought to be uprooted. By contrast if there were just a handful of abusers amongst Humanist counsellors/chaplains/celebrants in schools, prisons or other places of contact, the whole organisation would be immediately proscribed and closed down. It probably just boils down to a numbers game. Where do you start educating a billion people?

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