Bill Donohue: Lying About Priests

LYING ABOUT PRIESTS

September 9, 2011

Catholic League president Bill Donohue notes recent lies about priests:
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It has been said that Fr. Mychal Judge, the first of the First Responders to die on 9/11, was gay. Not everyone agrees. No matter, even those who allege that Judge was gay say he kept his sexual orientation private, disclosing it to only a few friends. Fr. Brian Jordan, for instance, said of his fellow Franciscan in 2002 that “I knew him for 25 years and I didn’t know that he was gay until after he died.”
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It really shouldn’t matter whether Judge was gay or straight, but unfortunately some in gay circles, as well as in liberal quarters generally, are turning this issue into a national spectacle. Worse, some are lying. In the August 19 edition of a dissident Catholic newspaper, the National Catholic Reporter, it says, “Judge was a Catholic priest who publicly acknowledged that he was a celibate gay man.” After reading this, I asked Jeff Field, our communications director, to e-mail Tom Fox, editor of the newspaper, asking him for the evidence that Judge publicly declared that he was gay. That was yesterday, and Fox has not replied. It is a lie.
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SNAP Wisconsin, the Wisconsin branch of the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, posted an article on September 7 about a Philadelphia priest who has never been convicted of anything, but will go on trial next year for allegedly covering up a crime. The title of the article reads, “The Crimes of Monsignor William J. Lynn.” Field contacted the SNAP chapter yesterday asking them to correct the record. “You know very well that Monsignor Lynn has only been accused and hasn’t been convicted of any crimes,” Field said. There has been no response.
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Lying is bad enough, but when it is done for political purposes, it is obscene. That priests are the primary victims these days is indisputable.
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Contact Tom Fox: tfox@ncronline.org
Contact the SNAP author, John Pilmaier: pilmaier@milwpc.com

One thought on “Bill Donohue: Lying About Priests”

  1. The evidence that Father Mychal Judge joyfully self-identified as gay, though chaste and celibate, is irrefutable.
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    The evidence includes Mychal’s own handwritten journal entries, published in Daly’s biography of Judge.

    Many close friends of Judge, including former FDNY Commissioner Tom Von Essen, Fr. Brian Carroll, Fr. John McNeill, and Fr. Bernard Lynch, have repeatedly confirmed that Mychal identified himself to them as a gay man.
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    Fr. Brendan O’Rourke said, “Mychal had come to terms with being gay, and disagreed with official church teaching about gay orientation and gay relationships.” (p. 182: Ford, Michael: Father Mychal Judge: An Authentic American Hero. Paulist Press).
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    (Note: we use gay and homosexual interchangeably here to describe orientation only; by all accounts he was faithful to his priestly vows).

    Then Judge himself publicly acknowledged his orientation many times. For example, “Look at who we are as gay people at this moment in history, being a gift for the church, being agents of change in both church and society.” (p.184: Ford).
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    Michael Daly’s biography decisively settles the question. Daly published excerpts of Judge’s personal journals in which he wrote in detail of the struggles and joys of accepting himself as a gay man. (Daly, Michael: The Book of Mychal: the Surprising Life & Heroic Death of Fr. Mychal Judge: 2008).
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    For example, Mychal wrote, “I thought of my gay self and how the people I meet never get to know me fully … (yet) I feel no guilt, none whatsoever today — I feel on the train Home. I am at peace finally. This is what You want me to do, Lord … You, You alone, brought me here. I have nothing to fear today. Thank You, thank You, Lord !” (pp. 86, 301-302: Daly).

    Mychal’s Franciscan order and family have never denied that Mychal self-identified as a gay man. Indeed, two Franciscan publications,
    St. Anthony’s Messenger http://www.americancatholic.org/Messenger/Dec2002/books.asp#F9
    and
    AmericanCatholic.org http://www.americancatholic.org/e-News/FriarJack/fj112102.asp#F4
    have acknowledged the same.
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    Mychal picked and chose when and to whom to come out. But in the end it’s clear that Fr. Mychal Judge was selectively, if not generally, open about his gay orientation and self-identity. And although he remained celibate, he disagreed with Rome’s teaching on the subject of homosexuality.

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