The ink hadn't even dried (or whatever the digital equivalent of that dead-tree era metaphor is) on author Daniel A. Olivas' moving New York Times op-ed piece on OC's worst-ever pedophile priest, Eleuterio Ramos, before Bill Donohue, the president of the long-irrelevant Catholic League, began complaining.
Donohue is the type of guy who believes anyone who brings up the
Catholic Church sex-abuse scandal is anti-Catholic because those
molesting priests were homosexual, they molested long ago, and everyone
else does it, so why concentrate on priests?
It's a strategy he tried on me, leading to a smackdown that was as easy for me to do as dig up OC pioneers who were Klan members.
Yesterday, Donohue sent out a commentary to his donors railing against Olivas and the Times, charging them with being "malicious."
Laughably, it has as many holes in it as the arguments to make Junipero Serra a saint.
Donohue tries to gloss over Ramos' career to his nonagenarian
followers by saying he "was suspended from ministry in the 1990s,"
implying that church officials briskly took away Ramos' priestly
faculties upon finding out his pederast ways.
As usual, Donohue didn't
even bother with a quick Google search: Weekly readers know that Ramos never lost his priestly faculties,
and was only removed from active parish life after a civil suit forced
Diocese of Orange officials to fish him back up from the Tijuana parish
where they had deposited him after molesting another boy--and this after
15 years of shuffling him from parish to parish after every
molestation. But why bother Donohue with details?
lace-curtain Irish also whined "Why the obscene drawing of a priest
whose head resembles a creature from Hell?" Um, maybe because Ramos WAS a
creature from hell?
What else would Donohue call someone who admitted
to molesting at least 25 children, who organized gang rapes of kids both
for his perverse pleasure and to punish little girls who complained
And even worse are Ramos' many defenders--Archdiocese of Los
Angeles Cardinal Roger Mahony least of them, mind you--who knew of
Ramos' crimes yet let him escape the law?
But why bother Donohue with
But the funniest part of Donohue's screed is his old
canard of timeliness. "When reports surface, in almost every instance we
are hearing about old
cases," Donohue whines. "But now, given the latest round of documents
gathered by the
authorities involving the Archdiocese of Los Angeles under Cardinal
Roger Mahony, we are being treated to more stories."
like so many of his senile followers, has always missed the burrito for
the beans on this one.
The biggest scandal involving the pedo-priests
wasn't the rapes themselves but the coverup, and the fact that virtually
every pedo-protector has escaped legal sanctions for allowing rapists
to run wild.
Every sane person in America should call for the heads of
the Catholic hierarchy--you know, because aiding and abetting child
molestation is illegal and immoral.
But why bother Donohue with details?
Heckuva job, Brownie!