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No Compassion: Far-Right Catholic Group Gloats Over Defeat Of Bill To Help Victims Of Clerical Abuse

A few days ago, I receive the July-August issue of Catalyst, the newsletter of the Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights.

If you’re not familiar with the Catholic League, it’s a right-wing outfit that exists mainly to scream loudly anytime anyone anywhere dares to criticize the clerical leaders in the Catholic Church or the political goals of the bishops. The group, based in New York City, is run by William Donohue, a man who, when it comes to the issue of sexual abuse of minors by priests, is either deliberately provocative or remarkably tone deaf.

The Cardinal’s Gasbag: Catholic League Leader Rushes To Defend Dolan From AU Criticism

There is a thing called Godwin’s Law on the internet. It holds that if an online argument goes on long enough, someone will drag in a reference to Adolf Hitler and the Nazis. At that point, that person has lost.

Today I’d like to propose a corollary to Godwin’s Law: Anyone who compares a non-racist organization to the Ku Klux Klan has lost as well.

Anti-Catholic Canard: Catholic League Accuses Church Critics Of Bias And Bigotry

Have you ever found yourself in disagreement with the political positions of the Catholic bishops? If so, you’re anti-Catholic.

Has it ever occurred to you that the church hierarchy didn’t handle the pedophilia scandal very well, and have you voiced that opinion? You’re anti-Catholic.

Do you get upset when priests and bishops violate federal law by endorsing candidates from the pulpit? That’s anti-Catholic too.

Cardinal Sins: Top Catholic Bishops Bless Extremist Bill Donohue

Just how far out politically is the Roman Catholic hierarchy these days?

Pretty far out, I’m sorry to say. In fact, it has come to this: Several prominent prelates have lauded William Donohue, the belligerent head of the Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights and author of a new book.