Dispatches from the Creation Wars

Most Delusional Quote of the Day

You’re going to want to be sitting down for this one. And don’t drink anything while reading it or you’ll ruin your monitor and keyboard. This is the terminally ridiculous Bill Donohue of the Catholic League taking his self-delusions out for a stroll:

No institution, religious or secular, has less of a problem with the issue of sexual abuse today than the Catholic Church.

Done laughing yet? He continues:

Indeed, if Lopez wants to be cutting edge, he would do a skit on all the molesters in the public schools who are protected by state law from just punishment.

What the hell is he talking about? I have no doubt that there are public school teachers and coaches who are molesting children; any job where one is a position of authority over children is going to attract pedophiles and ephebophiles.

But in a public school setting, the law is quite explicit — anyone in any position of authority, from teachers to administrators to counselors, who has reason to believe that a child is being molested is legally obligated to report that information to the police. I don’t know of a single example of a school superintendent finding out that a teacher or coach is molesting a child and then moving that person to another school where they can find fresh victims rather than reporting them to the police. If there is such a case, they are violating the law and would be put in prison if they’re caught.

The Catholic Church, on the other hand, has covered up for hundreds of child molesters for decades, moving them from parish to parish so they can victimize more children. The current pope explicitly ordered the church leaders not to turn molesting priests over to the police and ordered them to handle the matter internally. The bishops and cardinals who covered all this up are still in positions of authority in the church, not one of them having been held responsible for being an accessory to child rape.

Donohue is living in a fantasy world.