I got an email from the dissenter’s guide, National Catholic Reporter.
I was amused to read this with their emphases:
As an NCRonline.org reader you already know the value of our reporting. You understand why NCR was called "brave" by The New York Times, "invaluable" by Huffington Post, "respected" by Salon.com and "influential" by The Nation.
I think that says it all.
In the meantime, they ask a question in their email:
That is a good question!
In the meantime, did you see their hit job on Bill Donohue of the Catholic League? It is redolent of envy.
Take note of the way they insinuate that Donohue doesn’t work.
Here are some quips:
Billy the bully is bad for the church
May. 11, 2010
By Joe Feuerherd
It’s good to be William Donohue, president of the “Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights.” For one, there’s money in fighting bigotry: Donohue earned $372,501 in salary and deferred compensation in 2008, according to the group’s most recent IRS disclosure report.
Plus, no heavy lifting. Produce serious research on the impact of antichurch prejudice on the lives of the nation’s 70 million Catholics? No way. Despite assets exceeding $22 million, no one could fairly accuse the Catholic League of engaging in such laborious, potentially useful, but expensive endeavors.
A campaign to educate Americans on Catholic contributions to the country and the culture? Get serious. The league’s efforts, such as they are, remain focused largely on highlighting intrachurch squabbles, silliness such as “the war on Christmas,” and defending the indefensible.
Hopping by cab from your office on Manhattan’s Seventh Avenue to midtown network and cable news studios to obnoxiously opine on the latest church controversy seems to be the toughest aspect of the job.
But the best part of being president of the Catholic League is you can say almost anything, impugn nearly anyone, make the most outlandish public statements, and you’re never held accountable.
“Hollywood is controlled by secular Jews who hate Christianity in general and Catholicism in particular,” Donohue declared in 2004. Fr. Charles Coughlin, the 1930s-era radio priest, could not have said it better.
The Catholic community’s response to this frequently subtle bigotry is a buffoonish bully, a carnival barker posing as a defender of the faith. Such behavior might make for good television (which prefers heat to light) but it does nothing to help the church. In fact, it does considerable harm because it plays to the worst stereotypes of triumphalism, homophobia, misogyny and intolerance the church long since abandoned.
But it’s good work if you can get it.
[Joe Feuerherd is NCR publisher. His e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org.]
I cut some out, obviously. But Feurherd really has a problem with Donohue’s assertion that most of the victims of clerical sexual abuse were adolescent males, which suggests that the abusers were themselves homosexuals.
He also compares Donohue to Joe McCarthy.
NCR has a subscription drive going. Thus their email.
You might consider canceling your NCR subscription and giving the amount to the Catholic League.