Catholic League's Donohue: Pope's Spontaneity Gets Him in Trouble

Wednesday, 28 May 2014 07:52 PM

  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
|  A   A  
  Copy Shortlink
Pope Francis' spontaneity and willingness to take on any issue often get him in trouble, as was seen this week in Israel, says Bill Donohue, president of the Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights.

"He’s getting criticism from all sides and I understand that. It's a very delicate walk, isn't it?'' Donohue told "The Steve Malzberg Show" on Newsmax TV.

"I think he's trying to bring about peace, that's about it. Did he do the right things, the wrong things? I don't know. He’s known for his spontaneity. That gets him into some trouble.''

Story continues below video.

Francis: Who Is Pope Francis? Book Reveals the Man

The pontiff made waves Monday during his visit to Middle East when he corrected Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's pronouncement that Jesus spoke Hebrew, interrupting him to say it was “Aramaic.” Netanyahu responded, “He spoke Aramaic, but he knew Hebrew.”

Caroline Glick of The Jerusalem Post slammed the Pope's interruption as "rudeness and historical revisionism." She also criticized him for "reverentially'' touching and kissing a section of the West Bank separation barrier containing anti-Semitic graffiti "as if it were the Wailing Wall."

"By standing there, kissing the barrier with its Holocaust denying slogan, Francis gave Vatican license to Holocaust denial," Glick wrote.

"I think this is much ado about nothing. It's inconsequential. Most Catholics wouldn’t even know whether Jesus spoke Aramaic or Hebrew and you know what? It's not going to change their feelings one way or another," Donohue said.

"The Pope is … very much an impromptu guy. He doesn't go by script and there's a plus to that, but there is also a minus. He’s in a tough spot obviously, but I think he came across pretty well for the most part.''

Francis also made headlines in a chat with reporters on his flight from Jerusalem to Rome when he spoke about the Roman Catholic Church's rules on the celibacy of priests.

"Celibacy is not a dogma of faith … [It] is a rule of life that I appreciate a great deal and I believe it is a gift for the church,” he said.

But "the door is always open' to changing the celibacy edict, "given that it is not a dogma of faith."

Donohue said the issue of celibacy has been raised before.

"Well when [Edward] Cardinal Egan left as the Archbishop of New York one of the last things he said was maybe the time has come to rethink it," Donohue said.

"The first thousand years of church history, celibacy was expected but it wasn't required. In the second thousand years they mandated it. It's what we call a discipline.

"In other words, it's a man-made kind of rule. It's not the like Jesus and the Resurrection and Easter. So they can change this if they want. It's like changing [eating] meat on Friday. Will they change it? I don't know.''

Donohue said he was struck that the issue of celibacy — one of many discussed by Pope Francis — was the one jumped upon by the media.

"The one that’s the most interesting [to the media] is about sexuality.... I've never seen such an obsession about it,'' he said.

"They don't care about Muslims and Jews, they don't care about Jerusalem, they care about nothing but sex. This is the media's obsession. They say that Catholics are obsessed about sex. No, it's the secular media.''

See "The Steve Malzberg Show" on Newsmax TV each weekday live by clicking here now.         

© 2014 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Copy Shortlink
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
Retype Email:
Zip Code:
Privacy: We never share your email.
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
Around the Web
Top Stories
You May Also Like

Gen. McInerney: ISIS May Attack US As Early as Sept. 11

Tuesday, 26 Aug 2014 21:57 PM

If the United States doesn't take action against the Islamic State (ISIS) in Syria now it could face an attack on Americ . . .

'MidPoint' Panel: Does 'White Privilege' Exist?

Tuesday, 26 Aug 2014 13:40 PM

New York attorney Adam Thompson and progressive political consultant Brad Bannon joined Ed Berliner on "MidPoint" on New . . .

Christian Whiton: UAE, Egypt Fill US Void in Libya

Tuesday, 26 Aug 2014 19:51 PM

The United States is so far behind events in Libya that Middle East countries have stopped waiting for our help, and are . . .

Most Commented

Newsmax, Moneynews, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, NewsmaxWorld, NewsmaxHealth, are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved