The Philadelphia church abuse trial has ended, and the jury has returned a guilty verdict for the highest ranking priest thus far. Not surprisingly, Bill Donohue of the Catholic League is using the verdict to show how utterly unhinged from reality he is:
Bill Donahue of the Catholic League, an advocacy group devoted to challenging defamation of or discrimination against Catholics, called the verdict a defeat for overzealous prosecutors and victims advocates who he claimed had unfairly targeted church leaders.
“The witch hunt has come to an end, and those who have been clamoring for blood lost big time,” Donahue said in a statement. “They wanted the big prize — they wanted to nail a high-ranking clergyman on conspiracy. … Looks like their car ran out of gas in Philadelphia.”
to translate: When an institute can so obviously and systematically cover up so many abusers and only be found guilty on one count, is a clear demonstration we are in the right.
I am the Bishop, the first in the line
When reviewing a case, the decision is mine;
If I choose, I will forward the case to the board—
Most often, I don’t do a thing (thank the Lord!)
I am the Bishop; the Board of Review
Are my people, who do what I tell them to do
In each of the cases my Board made a call
They decided the case had no substance at all
I am the Bishop, the man you can trust—
Well, can is inaccurate; really, you must
Just ask me your questions; I give you my word
To give every detail that I want to be heard
I am the Bishop; I see in the news
They are calling for new, independent reviews!
It’s simply outrageous, to treat us this way
And put private Church business on public display
I am the Bishop; I know what we did—
How much is now public; how much is still hid
There’s a chance you’ve been actively kept unaware—
But I am the Bishop. I really don’t care.
(For those who remember, I’ve approached this topic before. Different city, similar story. My version is I Am The Bishop.)