I wasn’t planning to write any more about the vile Bill Donohue and his defense of priests raping small children while the Catholic church covered it up. I really wasn’t. I thought I had covered Donohue’s disgusting views in enough detail two weeks ago. But Donohue has surprised me – really surprised me this time – with an even lower even more morally bankrupt defense of pedophile priests. Donohue actually said on Larry King Tuesday night that when priests rape children, this is not pedophilia because (wait for it) most of the children were over about 13 years of age. Oh and the problem is really homosexuality, because “that’s what homosexuals do.”
I found it hard to believe that even Donohue would say such a thing, that these words had been taken out of context or something. Check out the transcript from CNN (with my added bold):
DONOHUE: It's not pedophelia. Most of the victims are post- pubescent. You have to get your facts straight. I'm sorry. If I'm the only one who is dealing with facts tonight, that's it. The vast majority of the victims are post-pubescent. That's not pedophelia, buddy. That's homosexuality.
ROBERTS: Bill, I don't think, as a person of faith, that you really know what you're talking about when it comes to --
DONOHUE: If the study of criminal justice -- it's not my opinion. Take a look at the social science data. I never said they're homosexuals in that way.
ROBERTS: They said they cut down on --
KING: Sinead, quickly.
O'CONNOR: Can I just ask very quickly with that gentleman -- sorry, I don't know your name, sir. I'm not quite sure what post- pubescent means. Would you mind explaining that to me
DONOHUE: Explain what?
DONOHUE: Post-pubescent means beyond puberty. In other words, you're adolescent. That's what homosexuals do, and of the molesters have been homosexuals in the Catholic church.
ROBERTS: So the boys deserved it because they're post-pubescent.
DONOHUE: If you want to take that conclusion, I think that's scurrilous. I never said that. Why would you say that about homosexuals?
O'CONNOR: Larry, what age does somebody become, you know, become post-pubescent in America, as a matter of interest?
KING: What is the age?
ROBERTS: I don't know. Let's ask Bill. He seems to know.
KING: Well, folks --
DONOHUE: Twelve, thirteen years of age.
Yeah, try that defense in court – “but, your honor, she was over 13” – see how far it gets you.
It’s hard to know what to say after that. Mind-blowing. Even the Catholic church has not to my knowledge used such a defense. All I can really think of to say is, isn’t it time to stop asking Bill Donohue his opinions, to stop having him on network TV as though his opinions were in any way valid or relevant? He should really be finished as a pundit after this. Why would any serious news media ever quote this disgusting moron’s views on anything, ever again?