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. - The Catholic League, 2010
We all know the inaccurate belief that if a boy is sexually abused by a man then that makes the perpetrator gay.
Anita Bryant used this lie extensively in her anti-gay campaign in Florida during the late 1970's.
Paul Cameron distorted credible research to make this case a myriad of times in his bad work.
From time to time, members of the religious right will push this falsehood.
And now we can add the Catholic League to that dubious list of liars.
The Catholic League and its leader, Bill Donohue has taken it upon themselves to defend Pope Benedict and the Vatican from charges of complicity in child sexual abuse, most specifically the abuse of over 200 deaf boys.
In an ad in today's New York Times, Donohue runs the gambit of diversion. In addition to attacking gay men, he also attacks the media and even the victims of the abuse:
Here's what's really going on. The Times has teamed up with Jeffrey Anderson, a radical lawyer who has made millions suing the Church (and greasing professional victims' groups like SNAP), so they can weaken its moral authority. Why? Because of issues like abortion, gay marriage and women's ordination. That's what's really driving them mad, and that's why they are on the hunt. Those who doubt this to be true need to ask why the debt-ridden Times does not spend the same resources looking for dirt in other institutions that occurred a half-century ago.
And if he thinks that this defense will somehow help the Vatican, he is wrong. Whether Donohue is aware of it or not, his hateful and hysterical defense has done nothing but exacerbate the situation.
And this is a good thing.
Better links to the situation:
Bill Donohue: the Catholic Church's problem is about homosexuality
TWO Appalled By Catholic League’s Misleading Ad Smearing Gays
The Papal predator priest protection PR nightmare proliferates
Watch: survivors of abuse point the finger of blame directly at Benedict