Today, the New York Times ran an article reporting that “top Vatican officials — including the future Pope Benedict XVI — did not defrock a priest who molested as many as 200 deaf boys.”
And predictably, the Catholic League’s Bill Donohue responded … by attacking the New York Times:
Media requests to deal with this subject make it difficult to provide an adequate response to today’s article by Laurie Goodstein. But the time has come to ask some serious questions about why the Times is working overtime with wholly discredited lawyers to uncover dirt in the Catholic Church that occurred a half-century ago. Those questions will be raised in an ad I am writing that will be published in next Tuesday’s New York Times; a rejoinder to the article will also be made. All I can say now is that this is the last straw.
Donohue has long asserted that any coverage and/or criticism of the Catholic Church’s handling of this issue is itself blatant anti-Catholic bigotry, but now it appears as if Donohue’s role as a professional apologist for the Church is reaching an entirely new level as he openly declares war on the New York Times.