Posted by Niall O'Dowd at 5/22/2009 4:32 PM EDT

William Donohoe has finally lost it. The great defender of every imaginable slur against Catholics has performed a useful role in pointing out the coverage of Catholicsm is often very biased. However, his latest effort, carried in a letter to the New York Times, attempting to justify some of the horrific abuse in the church in ireland is beyond the pale.

Donohoe, head of the Catholic League, tries to separate certain of the perverted activities of the clergy who abused from each other. Kissing and fondling for instance of young kids was not rape he said.Perhaps not, but it was still an incredibly cruel and inhuman thing to do to a young child against their will.

Donohoe even manages to divide up the activities into different grades of degradation. He writes;
"More important, the report labels four types of abuse: physical, sexual, neglect and emotional. This includes things like “kissing,” “inappropriate sexual talk,” “being kicked,” “inadequate heating,” “lack of attachment and affection” and so on; regarding sexual abuse, the most common form was fondling, not rape.

"To conflate serious abuse with punitive measures that were not uncommon at the time (82 percent of the incidents took place before 1970) is manifestly unfair."

Excuse me Bill, any kind of sexual contact with a chiid constitutes sexual abuse and to pretend otherwise is to whistle past the graveyard of your religion if this blindness persists.

There can be no dimunition of the gross acts carried out against generations of Irish children.Wise up Bill, get off your bended knee for a moment and look at the reality of it.

If it were a class of people such as firemen, rabbis or teachers or doctors who did this to kids for generations they would all be in jail - and you'd be crying out the loudest to jail them. Just because they wore a collar didn't give them the god given right to abuse little kids.Capece?