I have been listening to Bill since I was confirmed. Not because I am his fan boy, because if he screwed up I would give him some fraternal correction. The two reasons I like Ol’ Bill:
- His criticism is orthodoxy.
- He has charity in his fraternal correction.
The reason I point out those two things is because political and church commentators tend to be one or the other. There is a third reason I like Bill, he does not care what other people thinks; he cares what our Mother, the Holy Catholic Church teaches.
Recently Bill commented on the Bishops and Gay Marriage.
Here is Mr. Bill with my emphasis and comments:
Responding to growing attacks on Catholic bishops over the issue of same-sex marriage is Catholic League president Bill Donohue:
The passage of a same-sex marriage bill in New York, over the objections of the Catholic hierarchy, [Some might have objected that the bishops haven’t done more.] has led to a storm of criticism of the state’s bishops. The most extreme condemnation comes from a July 5 editorial in the National Catholic Reporter (NCR). [Is Mary Catholic? What a surprise.]
The Catholic hierarchy, says NCR, “has lost most of its credibility with the wider culture on matters of sexuality and personal morality, just as it has lost its authority within the Catholic community on the same issues.” The bishops are guilty of engaging in everything from “wholesale excommunications” to “open warfare” with dissidents. [I would love to see the bishops of American declare open warfare. And, wholesale excommunication? How many have been excommunicated openly, by American Bishops, in say 10 years?]
The popular “out-of-touch” criticism of the bishops on gay marriage rests on two faulty assumptions: (a) there is a divide between the bishops and the faithful on this issue, and (b) the bishops should take their cues from the laity. [This is absolutely ridiculous. Unless them bishops themselves are unfaithful to the teachings of the Catholic Church, how can there possibly be a ‘divide’? There cannot be a divide. What the NCFishwrap means is that there is a divide between the Bishops and their liberal agenda. There is no majority of Catholics who want same-sex marriage. You can take all the polls you want, the results are evident; out of the many states who brought up this issue for vote to the people, none have voted for it. Not even New York State as it was the government who passed the bill. This isn’t about the Bishops following what the laity want, it’s what the liberal elite want.]
To begin with, there is a profound difference between the views of practicing Catholics and nominal ones. [This is an important distinction that Bill has made.] There is also a divide between what the public tells a pollster and the results in a ballot box. In the 31 states where the voters were given the opportunity to decide on gay marriage, many of the polls going into the election showed that the supporters would carry the day. The final tally was 31-0 against gay marriage. New Yorkers were denied a ballot initiative. Moreover, a Siena College poll taken just before the vote in the legislature showed only a minority of Catholics in favor of this idea. [So much for that separation.]
More important, the bishops have a different charge: they are obligated to do what is morally right. [Read this next part carefully.] But if NCR wants the bishops to follow the laity, is it prepared to have the hierarchy junk its rejection of the death penalty? [Bam!] After all, two-thirds of Catholics want those guilty of a capital offense to be fried, so why not the bishops? [So, do the liberal elite want to follow the Catholic laity, or do they really mean they want the bishops to fork over their authority to them so they can have the will of the Church not be the truth, but their liberal elite will?] Will NCR now campaign for the death penalty, lecturing the bishops to get in line with the rank-and-file? Its hypocrisy is stunning.
I wonder sometimes about what arrogance these people have to say such bold faced lies in such permanent ink.