Donohue to Jews: You Should Know Better!

If history is any guide, any time there has been any criticism of the Catholic Church, you could count on Bill Donohue to come riding in to defend the church and attack all those leveling the criticism – just as he did when former Rep. Mark Foley claimed he had been molested as a teenager and Donohue responded by blaming Foley for being so weak.

So the only surprise involved in this latest statement from Donohue on the controversy stemming from the fact that Pope Benedict recently lifted the excommunication of a Holocaust-denying priest is that it took him as long as it did to weigh in. Donohue dismisses the entire thing as “nonsense” and then proceeds to criticize all the Jews who dared to voice outrage at the move:

“None of the media distortions of this issue excuses those in the Jewish community who have lashed out at the pope. They should know better. Is their commitment to good relations with Catholics so thin that it can wither because of something like this? We certainly hope not.”

You know who should know better?  Bill Donohue.  After all, he’s not exactly the poster boy for maintaining “good relations” between Catholics and Jews, considering that he’s prone to making statements such as this:

Hollywood is controlled by secular Jews who hate Christianity in general and Catholicism in particular. It‘s not a secret, OK? And I‘m not afraid to say it.