Conservative anti-gay Catholics are upset with writer, advice columnist, and gay rights advocate Dan Savage for disparaging pedophile priests the other day on the Bill Maher show.
Dan referred to the child rapists as “kiddie f—ing priests,” which caused Catholic League head Bill Donohue to demand that Maher’s show be canceled.
Because, you know, who in their right mind would criticize grown men who rape 5 year olds?
Maher was asking Dan about a Catholic bishop in Hawaii who claimed, absurdly, that children of gay parents will end up killing themselves.
Honolulu bishop Larry Silva wrote in a letter that “children will be the greatest casualties [if same-sex marriage were legalized in Hawaii - and it was, the marriages began this morning at midnight Hawaii time, 5am Eastern], in that they will be deprived of being raised in a loving home by a mother and a father who loves them and whose love cooperated with God’s plan in creating them.”
Silva added, “when children are deprived of such a home, there will be more poverty, more social ills, more juvenile suicides, and more problems than we can imagine.”
Silva is of course wrong, and Civil Beat did a great job hunting down the scientific proof.
Dan Savage, God bless him, was having none of Silva’s bs:
He’s confusing children with gay parents with children who were raped by Catholic priests….
I hate to go there, but they don’t have the moral high ground when they talk about the welfare and safety of children, they just don’t….
Dan went on to note the Illinois Catholic bishop who held an exorcism on the day the new gay marriage law was signed in the state, since the bishop claims that gay marriage is inspired by the devil.
Dan added that it was interesting that the Illinois bishop didn’t bother having any exorcisms for the demons of “kiddie-f—ing Catholic priests.”
That’s what set Donohue off.
Which of course begs the question of with how much respect exactly one should refer to grown men who rape children.
Donohue’s suggestion that it’s “anti-Catholic” to disparage pedophilia – no, let’s be more accurate – that it’s anti-Catholic to refer to Catholic pedophiles in a disparaging way, only goes to prove Dan’s point: The leadership of the Catholic church simply has not come to terms with the gravity of its own crimes.