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The View: 'Intolerance' Catholics' Biggest Sin

By Dave Eberhart   |   Thursday, 19 Feb 2009 01:48 PM

When it comes to listing the faults of Roman Catholics, the ladies of "The View" say the church’s chief sin is “intolerance.”

Whoopi Goldberg, a panelist on the ABC daytime talk show, backed up that assertion Wednesday with the non sequitur, “because Jesus was not intolerant of anybody.”

Goldberg was joined by "View"-mate Joy Behar in calling intolerance the greatest transgression among a litany of Catholic sins.

The discussion was sparked by host Barbara Walters’s questioning of a list of seven updated deadly sins the Vatican issued in March 2008. According to the dated church missive, the new list includes: genetic modification; human experimentations, polluting the environment; social injustice; causing poverty; financial gluttony; and taking drugs.

But the women of “The View” would not be satisfied until they added a few of their own.

“Lust among priests — that’s a big one,” Behar also added.

View panelist Elisabeth Hasselbeck stirred the pot by reading the Vatican list in its entirety.

Goldberg wasn’t buying it: “Explain to me how you suddenly can write new sins. You can’t — you’re not allowed to do that.”

Behar, a former Catholic, retorted: “But Whoopi, the Pope is supposed to be infallible, so he can say whatever he wants and people believe it. That’s how it goes.”

Although the inventory of sins may have been dated, the discussion of the foibles of the Catholic faith on "The View" got going in earnest when discussing a news story in the Feb. 18 New York Post that reported that there is “a new study approved by the Vatican” on sin that concludes that “Men and women sin in different ways.” Furthermore, men are more given to lust; women, to pride.

Meanwhile, Catholic League President William Donohue also has responded to “The View” segment, saying, “After we blasted Barbara Walters in an op-ed page ad in the New York Times in June 2007 for sanctioning anti-Catholic bigotry on 15 occasions over the previous year, she got the message and quieted her panelists. But now they’re back, expressing their ignorance as well as their hostility,” according to a report in Spero News.

“Goldberg is wrong to say that the Vatican is writing new sins: The report quotes one monsignor about a study whose author remains curiously undisclosed. Behar, another ex-Catholic, is wrong to speak so sweepingly about the pope’s infallibility. Almost everything he says is of a fallible nature, and he has said absolutely nothing about this issue.

“And Hasselbeck, yet another ex-Catholic, was anxious to show that she also hates Catholics, paints priests as child molesters. How ironic it is to hear them say it is the church that is intolerant. If only they could hear themselves speak,” Donahue said.

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