Back when John Hagee’s endorsement of John McCain was causing the campaign serious discomfort because if Hagee’s anti-Catholic views, Catholics For McCain National Steering Committee member Deal Hudson undertook a personal mission to meet with Hagee and show him the error of his ways.
A few weeks passed before Hagee capitulated and issued a public apology to his most vocal critic, Bill Donohue of the Catholic League, and now that Hagee has sufficiently ingratiated himself to Donohue, Hudson managed to arrange a face-to-face meeting between the two where they not only buried the hatchet, but apparently emerged as the best of friends:
As Rev. Hagee entered the office and started meeting people, I heard Donohue’s booming voice from around the corner, “I hear a Southern accent, it must be Pastor Hagee!”
Hagee, I could tell, wasn’t quite expecting that kind of smiling, gregarious welcome. I had told Hagee that he and Donohue would hit off, but I don’t think he really believed me. They did, in fact, hit if off and in a big way.
The conversation lasted about 45 minutes — Hagee had to get back to the UN for his evening speech. During that time Hagee and Donohue affirmed their not only the reconciliation but also their future partnership on matters of importance to both them: life, marriage, family, and support for Israel.
Donohue said, “Pastor, you are my friend from this point forward and nothing’s going to change that. We have our theological differences but we Catholics and Evangelicals need to work together — that is the liberals’ worse nightmare.”