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No Remorse from the Enabler Catholic Bishops

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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.

 

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Thomas James Farrell is professor emeritus of writing studies at the University of Minnesota Duluth (UMD). He started teaching at UMD in Fall 1987, and he retired from UMD at the end of May 2009. He was born in 1944. He holds three degrees from Saint Louis University (SLU): B.A. in English, 1966; M.A.(T) in English 1968; Ph.D.in higher education, 1974. On May 16, 1969, the editors of the SLU student newspaper named him Man of the Year, an honor customarily conferred on an administrator or a faculty member, not on a graduate student -- nor on a woman up to that time. He is the proud author of the book (more...)
 

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