Catholic League Bashes Gustavo for Pedo-Priest Articles; Gustavo Responds!

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Donohue: Lace-curtain Irish
The Catholic League always struck me as one of those antiquated organizations--like the Iowa clubs of Southern California that held those cool picnics in Long Beach decades ago, or the Grand Army of the Republic--that might've had a place and cause at some point in our nation's past but now exist as relics. Anti-Catholic bigotry, today? With a Supreme Court full of 'em? Thomas Nast stopped painting Papists as alligators, oh, around the time of Tammany Hall. And the League's president, Bill Donohue, always struck me as a self-styled street tough who in reality was a lace-curtain Irish spinning dark conspiracies in press releases and newsletters to aging Catholics so they could support his annual six-figure salary.

In other words, he's a pendejo who frequently trashes sex-abuse victims and their supporters, fumes about false outrages, and loves to blather. So it was about time Donohue came up to the plate and swung at me--and struck out.

Earlier this week, he sent out a missive to the media and the Catholic League's email list titled "Arellano's Dirty Hands," in which he called me a "rank hypocrite" because...um, I'm not sure. He says I have "learned to perfect" anti-Catholicism despite offering no examples. Parse through his statements enough, and his sore spot comes to light: I write too much about pedo-priests!

Donohue dismissed my nearly decade-long coverage of the Catholic Church sex-abuse scandal as "Father Murphy's alleged groping in the 1950s." Never mind that I've never written about a Father Murphy (I have written about Pat Murphy, the Mater Dei High administrator who let boys' basketball coach Gary McKnight keep his job even though McKnight let a child-abuser who happened to be his former assistant coach back on campus last decade despite Murphy telling McKnight not to. Shadows of Penn St.'s own pedo-scandal? You know it!); that the Diocese of Orange has had its priests arrested for child molestation as recently as two years ago; and that the men who protected bona fide pedophile priests (shall I read to you accounts of the triple-penetrations that Eleuterio Ramos subjected his victims to, Billy Boy?) continue to operate in Orange instead of a jail cell--that's you, John Urell!

And in a laughable lack of research that shows he probably got the idea for his press release from Orange Bishop Tod D. Brown, Donohue actually wrote that I have "never published a piece on the sexual abuse of minors by the clergy of any other religion. Nor has he written about the epidemic of sexual abuse in the public schools."

HA! Other religions? I guess Bill doesn't consider Calvary Chapel a religion, as we've been on that beat for a while now. Sex-abuse in schools? So the disabled girl who got molested by a teacher's aide at Saddleback High, a molestation hushed up by school officials who had previously hushed up sex assaults on a school campus, stories ignored by the lamestream media until we exposed them, doesn't count? Or the other stories my colleagues have covered on tips I gave them? Laughable.

Best of all, Donohue tries to paint me as a hypocrite on covering sex-abuse scandals because my bosses at Village Voice Media run Backpage.com, where consenting adults, um, can hang out. Opponents have tried to depict us as encouraging child abuse through our classifieds--never mind that we have long-established relationships with local police and the FBI that allow predators to be identified and apprehended, and underage victims to be rescued. Our company has also run a year-long series on sex trafficking that seeks to demolish myths and identify the extent and nature of the problem--not the least
of which is that it appears half the victims are boys.

All that's not good enough for Donohue. Instead, he smugly writes about me: "He's simply not man enough to turn his guns on the purveyors of human slavery, namely his boss."

(Did he ever read our sister paper Phoenix New Times' years-long coverage of Warren Jeffs, the Mormon pervert? Of course not.)

Damn straight I go against purveyors of human slavery, Bill: it's called the Catholic Church hierarchy that continues to protect pedophiles, their protectors, and their apologists all these years later. And I can't wait to do it for many, many more years, along with all the other pedo-protectors out there, secular and not. Gracias for the love! And heckuva job, Brownie!

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top_man
top_man

Gustavo if you or anyone that reads your weekly is interested in helping children then please sign this petition to stop Village Voice media from aiding in the trafficking of children. http://www.change.org/petition... The people that sign your pay check are just as guilty of the crimes you accuse the church of.

909Jeff
909Jeff

Hmmm... Interesting, They actually responded to you.  Well, I guess the squeaky wheel gets the grease. I was pleased to see your response was limited in the personal attacks. Even though I think your contempt of the catholic church sometimes fuels your attacks.  But at the end of the day as long as you don't lose sight of the fact that your fighting for the victims of abuse and not your own vendetta  then keep up the good work!  

LBCityGirl
LBCityGirl

My guess he's worried that if you keep looking you will find something naughty in Donohue's past.

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Valentia
Valentia

Donohue: Pig-in-the-parlor gobshite. And, as my Irish grandparents would say, "What a putz."

CofS Exit Zone
CofS Exit Zone

Donahue is an utter disgrace and deserves what he gets here. And I'm a Catholic, and still find him utterly repulsive. It's people like him that make me cheer on the secularists that hate us deists.

DaveP
DaveP

Gustavo: "[N]ever mind that we have long-established relationships with local police and the FBI that allow predators to be identified and apprehended, and underage victims to be rescued."

Wow, I would think that OC Weekly would trumpet the fact that they have helped rescue child trafficking victims.

I don't read OCWeekly much at all, so where can I read more about this?

Thanks!

DPierre

mitch young
mitch young

" With a Supreme Courtfull of 'em? "

Yeah, well, there are three Jews on the SC -- I don't see you calling the Anti-Defamation League outdated. 

"lace curtain Irish"

Dude, you're not from Southie, and you don't know shit about lace-curtain, shanty, or any other kind of Irish.

robert verhoff
robert verhoff

this bill donohue seems to be even more rabid then rush limbaugh or bill o'reilly. pulling numbers and statistics and arguments out of thin air. he can't seem to follow an honest arguement for fear of losing. haven't followed him in the past because didn't know he existed. now have another lunatic to watch. they seem to be coming out of the woodwork. the dribble these people are allowed to broadcast in the name of free speech makes a sane person weep. the sad part is, the people that believe in them. and give them money. first saw this bill donohue on the Colbert show last week. I swear he was coming unglued and foaming at the mouth. googled him and now need to keep the kids in the house because of these types running around lose. these people need to be closely monitored and police GPS devices attached to their ankles.

Johanna Jeffers
Johanna Jeffers

The problem with backpage is if you close it down (like they did for craigslist), then another will appear just like it with the same problems like http://www.classivox.com for example

John Shuster
John Shuster

So what is the sport that the Catholic League plays?

scottrose
scottrose

Donohue is duplicitous in his every word, determined to maintain the filthy status quo of the corruption of the Catholic Church.  What makes the Church's enabling of its child rapists of an entirely different order of magnitude from that of other institutions?  Why, it's that the Catholic Church very aggressively, and often successfully seeks to block proposed legislation that would lift the statutes of limitations on the prosecution of child rape.  Look it up!  Dolan successfully fought against such proposed legislation in Wisconsin.  Shortly thereafter, he was promoted to New York and made the President of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops.  The Church swore up and down that it had reformed, but earlier this year, a huge Church child rape ring was uncovered in Philadelphia.  37 priests named in the indictment can't be prosecuted because of the statutes of limitations.  The question for Donahue is, when are you and Dolan going to start campaigning to get the statutes of limitations on the prosecution of child rape lifted?  My NY state senator's staffer told me that if I think Dolan is nasty in fighting against marriage equality, I haven't seen anything - he's far nastier about fighting proposed legislation to lift that statutes of limitations for prosecution of child rape.  S3333 is the number of my state senator's proposed legislation.  Dolan politicks fiercely against it.  Shame shame shame.

spsook
spsook

Ever hear of William Lobdell? Brilliant religion reporter who went from Christian to atheist after covering the molestation scandals. I'm astonished Donohue thinks he can take swings at you.

briannity
briannity

Donahue gave you some free press.  I never heard of you before. You should thank Donahue since I think very few people read you since liberal haters are not that big a group.

The mindless haters out there are worried about sex abuse in the Catholic church from the 1960s the way that Democrats were worried about petty break ins during Watergate or the way Republicans were worried about perjury in a civil deposition during the impeachment of Bill Clinton.

Hilarious.

Go here for the real facts:  http://www.themediareport.com/

James F Moran
James F Moran

Gustavo, I am on the East coast - but THANKS for your work in keeping the all important topic current in the minds of our readers.  When I see posts from Bill Donohue my blood pressure soars, and my PTSD kicks in.  As a priest AND victim of clergy abuse all I can say is that he is a close-minded, egotistical bully.  He bitched and moaned recently that some article did not allow for comments -- yet he NEVER make allowances for comments that I have seen. Just another way of being a BULLY.Jim Moran

JimG
JimG

The people who found their names on Tricky Dick's "Enemies List" rightfully considered it a badge of honor. Likewise, Donohue's incoherent spluttering should be added to your resume.

top_man
top_man

Im beginning to think theat Gustavo drinks too much tequila before he sits his fat ass down to write. I cant be the only to have ever called you liar and cant be the only one to tell that most of the time you are writing fiction. Keep pretending that what you have to say is important and i'll keep pretending that i care. 

Roberthoatson
Roberthoatson

Way to go, Gustavo.  The Catholic League is desperate to keep the money flowing in to support the bullying tactics of its leadership. 

Kay4Justice
Kay4Justice

Hey, Gustavo, just keep telling it like it is, no matter what Donohue has to say... he is irrevelant to most Catholics and non-Catholics alike.  You are fighting the good fight and Donohue has a losing battle on his hands and he knows it.  And yes, the CRCC continues to protect pedophiles and their potectors et al (etc) but they will, eventually, be consumed by the quicksand of their own making.  Carry on!

Dave Lieberman
Dave Lieberman

It's only possible to respond to this in español... Bill Donohue, ¿qué verga estás fumando?

Alva
Alva

"Damn straight I go against purveyors of human slavery"

Except when they buy ads on our backpage.  Then its Ok because, er um.  We need the cash.

PitOwner
PitOwner

Nice Gustavo!! Way to put the foot down!

gustavoarellano
gustavoarellano

I only have contempt for the Church insofar as they protect pedophiles, and you know that!

gustavoarellano
gustavoarellano

Yeah, Dave: You read the Weekly with such irregularity that when you tried to take a swipe at my reporting on your beloved pedophile protectors a couple of years back, you failed. Laughably. On that note, we've rescued many children from the grubby hands of our local Catholic hierarchy--you can look them up!

MN_SNAP
MN_SNAP

Jim, whenever Bully donohue stuff floats across my desk - I immediately create a mental picture of him standing in a flimsy boat with a heavy millstone tied around his neck.  No ptsd or blood pressure problems for me that way.     Bob

prado4587
prado4587

Right on! You obviuously don't care enough to read his column and post here in the comment section...

gustavoarellano
gustavoarellano

Another pedo-apologist satisfied! And you're a bigot, too! What a wonderful life!

909Jeff
909Jeff

You have done a great job at holding them accountable and calling them on their BS.  But what did the acquisition of the Crystal Cathedral have to do with Pedophiles? Yet pedo-priest came up several times in that story. 

d.and.l
d.and.l

Just as I suspected, Gustavo. A lot of bluster and namecallling, but no facts to back them up. "Heckuva job, Brownie!" indeed! DPierre

spsook
spsook

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Alva
Alva

No pedo apology from me, ever.  Just calling you on your hypocracy  Check ya back(page) for human trafficking.  Silly Pocho.

gustavoarellano
gustavoarellano

To paraphrase Louis Armstrong: If you gotta ask, then you haven't been reading closely enough!

gustavoarellano
gustavoarellano

Keep apologizing for the protectors of pedophiles, pendejo!

Alva
Alva

Spypcial Tick, mixing good liquor with a soft drink.

public bizmail
public bizmail

What is "hypocracy" ?  

Rule by the underclass?  or by the under-educated, as you appear to be?

gustavoarellano
gustavoarellano

Of course you're a pedo-apologist. Never see you trash Brownie, et al, pendejo!

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