As many readers of PTF know, I have made attempts to defend the actions of the Catholic Church here in the past, probably more due to a necessity to preserve the faith I was raised with, especially in a time when it feels as though there is such a strong need for faith.
But time and time again, I pound my head against the wall, wondering how much more the Catholic Church can do to kill itself, rather than having others kill it.
Most recently, William Donohue, President of the Catholic League, is the murderous man responsible for chipping away at the faith of millions. This past week, Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist and leaders of so-called "faith-based organizations" held their "Justice Sunday."
As Max Blumenthal, writing for The Nation, points out, William Donohue had no problem sharing the stage with individuals like Southern Baptist Theological Seminary president Dr. Albert Mohler, who has railed against the Catholic Church, stating that "As an evangelical, I believe that the Roman Catholic Church is a false church.... It teaches a false gospel. And the Pope himself holds a false and unbiblical office."
No... William Donohue was more than willing to share the stage with these individuals. Beyond joining hand in hand with these extremists, Donohue was emboldened by the notion of speaking to a "receptive audience", stating:
"...if the secular left is worried they should be worried.... I mean, this is - these people, they claim to be the high priest of tolerance, and yet they practiced intolerance against us, they want to set us up as if we're the radicals....
Let me tell ya, and it's not just Catholics and Protestants, some orthodox Jews the other day have set up an organization last Thursday, Don Feder and others, to fight against anti-Christian sentiment in this country. And I asked them, why as Jews are you concerned about this issue? They said well you know what, to the extent that Christianity is disparaged, that voice, that pro-life voice and this opposition to the most insane idea I've heard in my whole life, of two men getting married, I mean - that's something that you expect in the asylum, quite frankly....
...those people on the secular left they say well we think you're a threat. You know what? You're right."
William Donohue, I believe you. I have seen the devil, and his name is Donohue. But c'mon... the Catholic League is formally titled "The Catholic League for Religious AND CIVIL RIGHTS" - so maybe he just misspoke - got caught up in the tidal wave of hatred in the room that day. No, trust me. He's the devil.
Not convinced? Here's a little nugget I found spoken from the words of the man who says, "...they practiced intolerance against us..." - take a look at what Donohue has to say when he weighs in on the issue of the tragedy of AIDS. Just in case you don't want to click on the link, let me highlight one portion of what he said - this man who is so concerned about intolerance and discrimination:
"Look, look, there's a new strain of HIV available in New York City. It's because of gay men.... The gay community has yet to apologize to straight people for all the damage that they have done -- for contaminating the blood supply in New York City and around the country. And I find it amazing that, when people are acting so morally delinquent, that they're asking for more rights at the same time."
While FleshPresser still believes that tolerance should mean tolerance for EVERYONE - liberal, conservative, or otherwise - you will no longer find PTF defending the Catholic Church. They're digging their own grave, and they deserve whatever comes their way.