Last month, we had The Catholic League's Bill Donohue going after Hilary Rosen in an extremely ugly attack because she dared to commit the sin, in Donohue's mind, of being a lesbian with adopted children after the big dust up over her statement about Ann Romney. Because god knows you're only supposed to be allowed to raise children if you're straight. Now he's on the attack again over HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius being invited to speak at a Georgetown University commencement ceremony.
Donohue went over a similar set of grievances that he expressed to Megyn Kelly in the clip above in a post on their web site here: Kathleen Sebelius to Speak at Georgetown Commencement Ceremony:
In what can only be interpreted as a direct challenge to America’s Catholic bishops, Georgetown University has announced that “pro-choice” Catholic Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and lead architect of the Obama administration’s assault on religious freedom through the HHS contraception mandate, has been invited to speak at one of Georgetown’s several commencement ceremonies.
The Cardinal Newman Society has posted a petition to protest this outrage here: GeorgetownScandal.com. It has also alerted Washington Cardinal Donald Wuerl and sent a letter to Georgetown President John DeGioia urging him to immediately withdraw the invitation. [...]
The nation’s oldest Catholic and Jesuit university has chosen to honor Sebelius by granting her a prestigious platform at its Public Policy Institute commencement ceremony, despite her role as the lead architect of a healthcare mandate that will force Catholic institutions to pay for contraception, abortifacients and sterilization against their religious beliefs. The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops has termed the mandate “an unwarranted government definition of religion” that is “alien both to our Catholic tradition and to federal law,” “a violation of personal civil rights” and “a mandate to act against our teachings.”
But Secretary Sebelius’ record on abortion is at least as troubling as the mandate. When Governor of Kansas, Sebelius supported abortion rights and vetoed pro-life legislation. In 2008, Archbishop Joseph Naumann of Kansas City reportedly told Sebelius, a Roman Catholic, to stop receiving the Eucharist until she publicly recants her position on abortion and makes a “worthy sacramental confession.”
During the interview above, Donohue also claimed that Sebelius may have been excommunicated and "her best friend was George the killer Tiller," referencing of course the now assassinated abortion doctor who is no longer with us today, thanks in part to the flame throwing by the likes of Bill O'Reilly and his ilk.
And as Think Progress noted of this same interview: Catholic League President Compares Pro-Choice Groups To Neo-Nazis:
Catholic League President Bill Donohue compared pro-choice groups to neo-Nazis today — and suggested that Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius’s visit to Georgetown University is similar to the visit of a racist or an anti-semite.
In an appearance on Fox News, Donohue, a long-time anti-choice advocate, expressed outrage at Georgetown’s choice of Sebelius for commencement speaker, saying that the administration official is no better than a hatemonger:
Remember, Georgetown has no neo-Nazi clubs or skinhead clubs on campus, nor should they. But they have two – two!! – pro-abortion clubs at Georgetown University. Now they’re bringing in Kathleen Sebelius. They wouldn’t bring in an anti-semite, nor should they. They wouldn’t bring in a racist, nor should they. But they’re bringing in a pro-abortion champion, and they shouldn’t.
And for another reminder of the ugliness from this man and who has been heading this group, here's Susie's post on him from earlier this year: Bill Donahue Decides To Save The Catholic Church By Attacking Their Rape Victims:
Disrespect toward the Catholic Church is whatever Bill Donohue decides it is (he was last heard from attacking Madonna's Super Bowl half-time show), and now he's decided to go after SNAP, the survivors' group for victims molested first by priests, and then by their local dioceses and their crack legal teams. I'm glad I live in Philadelphia, where the local D.A. had the cojones to take on the church and bring criminal charges. In fact, I'd like some enterprising local reporter to ask our new archbishop what he thinks about this statement in light of Bill's latest crusade:
“The Catholic League has the courage to speak up candidly and forcefully for the Church when circumstances call for fighting the good fight. The League should be on every Catholic’s short list of essential organizations to support.”
— Most Rev. Charles Chaput, O.F.M. Cap.
Archbishop of Philadelphia
As to the Catholic League, well, sometimes I suspect they have more board members than actual rank and file members (and what moderate board members they are!): Wingers like Brent Bozell, Linda Chavez, Alan Keyes, the far-right Democrat Michael Novak and Kate O'Beirne, just to name a few. Diversity all the way from A to B!
Bill Donohue, president of the Catholic League, believes that the Catholic church has gone too easy on the survivors of sex abuse by clergy, and has vowed to fight them “one by one,” says a post at the blog Right Wing Watch.
In an interview with Laurie Goodstein of the New York Times, Donohue says that in the past the church “has been too quick to write a check” to individuals who report being victimized by pedophile priests. He believes that the church should fight each case “one by one,” ostensibly to save money “in the long run.”
He said that Catholic bishops should “toughen up and go out and buy some good lawyers to get tough” in the fight against victims of sex abuse. “We don’t need altar boys.”
I can't use the words I'd like to use to describe this big bully, but you can rest assured that he's got at least some of the famously rigid and conservative church hierarchy behind him. So now the American church's cardinals and archbishops have to make a choice: More toxic PR fallout from allowing Donahue to attack people who were raped as children, or try to hold onto the cash? Hmm.
Currently Donohue is backing the efforts of lawyers defending two Missouri priests accused of multiple counts of child molestation. Attorneys for the priests have issued subpoenas to the victims’ advocacy group the Survivor Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP), seeking “more than two decades of e-mails that could include correspondence with victims, lawyers, whistle-blowers, witnesses, the police, prosecutors and journalists,” according to the New York Times article.
SNAP is not involved in the Missouri case, but Donohue believes that the attacks are warranted because, in his words, “SNAP is a menace to the Catholic church.” The subpoenas, thanks to their exhaustiveness, are calculated to distract, bankrupt and embarrass the organization.
SNAP’s national director David Clohessy has been deposed in the Missouri case, but is resisting the subpoenas, saying they’re not just a fishing expedition, but a “fishing, crabbing, shrimping, trash-collecting, draining the pond expedition,” whose real mission is to “harass and discredit and bankrupt SNAP, while discouraging victims, witnesses, whistle-blowers, police, prosecutors and journalists from seeking our help.”
Donohue really is a nasty piece of work. Whether the issue is women's reproductive health, the right to control your own body and be allowed to make heartbreaking decisions to protect your own life if there's a problem pregnancy and someone is in need of a late term abortion, to the right for women to have control over when and if they have children and access to birth control, to being on the wrong side of rape victims by Catholic priests, he's shown himself to be nothing more than a right-wing flame thrower and ideologue who's happy to get face time on television to promote himself and his association.
We'd all be better off if the lot of them listed in Susie's post above along with Donohue were never allowed any more air time by our corporate media, but I don't have any hope of that happening any time soon.
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