What Happened to Bill Donohue?

September 2006

In a February 18, 2005, fax, Bill Donohue, the President of the Catholic League, said that "the homosexual crisis in the Catholic Church is largely behind us." Karl Keating in his E-Letter (March 15, 2005) took exception to that, saying that a priest told him that in "a diocese...at least half of the priests" are homosexuals.

In May 2002 it was revealed that Archbishop Rembert Weakland had a homosexual affair with Paul Marcoux. The June 2-8, 2002, National Catholic Register (controlled by the Legionaries of Christ) printed a statement from Donohue on the Weakland sex scandal: "It needs to be asked what social good is served when current disclosures of past indiscretions [just indiscretions? — Ed.] are made public.... This kind of sexual McCarthyism serves no constructive purpose." Really now?

When it was revealed that Deal Hudson committed adultery with a female student of his, Donohue fired off a press release saying that the girl was a "drunk," implying that she had it coming. If you didn't know, neocon Donohue and neocon Hudson are big pals. On his Board of Advisors for the Catholic League are a bevy of neocons: Linda Chavez, Robert George, Mary Ann Glendon, Thomas Monaghan, Michael Novak, Robert Royal, George Weigel, and others.

Donohue also defended Fr. Maciel, the founder of the Legionaries of Christ, against charges of pederasty, calling them "balderdash." How wrong he was!

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New Oxford Notes: September 2006

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I don't remember the first comment I witnessed, made by Mr. Donohue, that caused my mouth to drop open and for me to think... "WHAT is he thinking by saying something like that?!!"... but the incidences are becoming much more frequent and bizarre that have caused my mouth to drop open since. Sometimes I think Mr. Donohue is paraded in front of the cameras on these "talking head" news shows and told to take the "Catholic side" of whatever debate he was hired to speak about... and he has no other choice than to defend the Catholic issue at hand... regardless of whether or not he believes what he is saying. Rather than do that, I wish Mr. Donohue would just stay off those types of shows but I think he's fallen in love with being in front of the camera and being in the limelight. I personally don't know how he puts his head down on his pillow at night and sleeps. But I wonder that about a lot of "Catholics" today! Posted by: MargaretMary
September 11, 2006 03:10 PM EDT
Hey Bill,

Lay off the Guinness Stout, man!
Posted by: gwolak
September 19, 2006 09:31 PM EDT
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