Catholic League's Misleading Ad Smears GaysBill Donahue

The Catholic League and its President Bill Donohue have placed a full-page ad in the New York Times, trying to deflect blame for the sexual abuse crisis in the Catholic Church by smearing the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community.

The ad, which was placed March 30, came under immediate attack from LGBT groups, including Truth Wins Out, which has been monitoring the scandal.

The offensive ad sought to exonerate the Pope, and other priests of blame who are ensnared in a widening sexual abuse scandal that reaches across the globe. Instead of offering an apology for sinful behavior, the Catholic League served as apologists and used the ad to try to deflect the crisis by attacking gay priests.

"This was a disgraceful ad and an unconscionable attempt to smear gay and lesbian people," said Truth Wins Out's Executive Director Wayne Besen. "Clearly, the Catholic League is more interested in finding scapegoats than solutions."

In the ad, entitled, "Going for the Vatican Jugular," Donohue wrote, "The Times continues to editorialize about the 'pedophilia crisis,' when all along it has been a homosexual crisis."

"We should remind Donohue that there is no child sexual abuse crisis in gay community centers, neighborhoods, churches or social organizations," said Besen. "This nightmare has to do with Catholic pedophile priests and those who served as their enablers. The Catholic League thinks it is mounting a defense, but it is only exacerbating the pain felt by the defenseless who were taken advantage of by authority figures in the church."

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