Slog News & Arts

Line Out

Music & Nightlife

« London Town | Reading Tonight »

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Catholic League Breaks with Vatican on Gay Priests

posted by on October 21 at 9:57 AM

Bill Donohue’s Catholic League pimped out—excuse me, pumped out—a press release this morning attacking Fox’s animated sitcom Family Guy:

In the October 19 episode of Fox’s “Family Guy,” characters Brian (the family dog) and Stewie (the family child) travel in a time machine to rescue Mort Goldman (a Jewish family-friend) from the Nazi invasion of Poland. After Brian and Stewie disguise Mort as a priest to get him out of the country, a Nazi officer asks Mort, “Are you sure you’re a real priest?” Stewie replies, “Yeah, yeah, I can vouch for him, he’s real. He’s molested me many, many times.”

The headline of the press release? “FOX’S ‘FAMILY GUY’ SLANDERS GAY PRIESTS.” Someone needs to let Bill know that slandering gay priests is the Vatican’s official position on the Church’s sex-abuse scandals.

RSS icon Comments


But that wasn't the brightest jewel of the episode...I'd love to see some footage posted of Stewie as a Nazi with the McCain-Palin button on. That was hee-larious and RIGHT DAMN ON!

Posted by bucket | October 21, 2008 10:12 AM

The whole ep was great. It's on Fox online for viewing.

Posted by Sil | October 21, 2008 10:16 AM

If media outlets stop printing Bill Donohue’s press releases, does he cease to exist?

Posted by flamingbanjo | October 21, 2008 10:18 AM

From the linked article:

"Mr Kirker said estimates had suggested 40% of US priests were gay. 'All those who know [the Roman Catholic church], know it is staffed top to bottom by gay people.'"

Top to bottom. Hehe.

Posted by anabell_lee | October 21, 2008 10:24 AM

I think the real problem with that press release is the conflation of homosexuality with pedophilia.

Posted by boxofbirds | October 21, 2008 10:24 AM

I think I have to disagree. Not Family Guy's finest hour. I did enjoy the "Back to the Future II" parody, though, complete with theme music. DAS POOOOP!!!

But seriously, you're telling me Family Guy brutally roasts people? I've never noticed in the NINE years they've been on the air.

I'm pretty sure they've already torn into catholic priests on several occasions.

Posted by w7ngman | October 21, 2008 10:32 AM

I am really, truly shocked that Bill Donohue doesn't already assume that all gays are pedophiles.

Posted by keshmeshi | October 21, 2008 10:43 AM

I'm sorry, what does molestation have to do with gay?

Posted by sg | October 21, 2008 10:49 AM

Gay != Pederast

Posted by Chris | October 21, 2008 10:53 AM

Er, what about the fact that the Catholic church's gigantic crime back then was its awareness (as in Pope Pius's awareness) that the holocaust was happening and not speaking up about it at all? Isn't that a crime to be more worried about?

Posted by Ng Yi-Sheng | October 21, 2008 11:08 AM

Really! Let's have an episode that lists all the horrors The Catholic Church and it's followers have unleashed on mankind in the last two thousand years.

Posted by Vince | October 21, 2008 12:24 PM

how's this for a thorough lack of understanding of what homosexuality even IS:

no mos for the priesthood, except where the tendency is "merely the expression of a transitory problem such as ... uncompleted adolescence."

head, meet sand. again.

Posted by ellarosa | October 21, 2008 12:39 PM

They're not confusing homosexuality with pedophilia. Christians just don't have a problem with straight male pedophiles. For example, 15 year old Miley Cyrus going to church with her 20 year old boyfriend.

Posted by jrrrl | October 21, 2008 1:15 PM

As someone who grew up Catholic, and gay, I have a sort of working hypothesis that it's the guilt and sexual repression inherent in the Catholic church, combined with the celibacy rule for priests, that has led to so many people who are homosexuals entering the priesthood. If you're sensitive and have same-sex arousal but are overwhelmed by the whole guilt-and-damnation thing, your normal sexual development in the direction of adult relationships becomes stunted and infantilized, and you become closeted. Under those circumstances, the celibacy rule may seem very attractive because a) you think it will allow you to squelch the last vestiges of your sinful sexual nature, and b) it seems to ensure you have a ready excuse to avoid heterosexual flirtations and the pressures for marriage that Protestant ministers might encounter.

In real life, of course, it almost never works out that way. We are all sexual beings from in utero until we draw our last breaths. @5, 8, and 12, understand what I'm trying to get at here. It's not that homosexuality equals pedophilia, it just seems to me that a confluence of pressures that existed most powerfully within Catholicism, at least in the intensely isolating pre-Internet past, led to repression and infantilization of sexual identity that resulted in all-too-common molestation. I'd be interested to hear others' thoughts on this, pro and con.

In the early 90's, before pedophile priests hit the news in a big way, I attended a molecular-biology workshop at Catholic University in Washinton, DC, and stayed in the dorms to save money. Many of the seminarians I encountered there seemed much gayer to me than 95% of the dudes on my state-university campus--not that I sampled them directly. Ew. And I'm pretty sure that, from the come stains on the wall and the nighttime sounds around me, that many were sexually active.

Posted by rob | October 21, 2008 3:33 PM

Comments Closed

Comments are closed on this post.