Duluth, MN (OpEdNews) April 12, 2011: The going rate for a full-page ad in the NEW YORK TIMES is reportedly more than $50,000. But in a full-age ad on April 11, 2011, Bill Donohue, president of the Catholic League, published his comments about the priest sex abuse scandal in the Roman Catholic Church.
Among other things, he accuses the media of "distorting the truth about priestly sexual abuse," evidently "for ideological and financial profit."
But the media have long gravitated toward sensationalistic stories. Remember all the media attention to Bill Clinton and Monica Lewinski? I guess sensationalistic stories may help increase the media's financial profit.
But what about the media's ideological profit? Toward the end of his lengthy letter, Donohue returns to this point. He says, "Let's face it: if [the Catholic Church's] teachings were pro-abortion, pro-gay marriage and pro-women clergy, the dogs would have been called off years ago."
So the media "dogs" (how do you like that imagery for characterizing the media?) keep publicizing the priest sex abuse scandal as a way for liberal "dogs" to carry on ideological warfare with three points of conservative Catholic ideology.
But is anything missing from Donohue's account?
I've heard it said that leaders should lead by example.
Priests should lead by their example, and so should bishops.