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Megyn Kelly Provides Pulpit For Fr. Jonathan Morris To Defend Pope

Reported by Priscilla - April 17, 2010 -

Never mind “America’s Newsroom.” Fox News appears to have expanded its reach and is now the Vatican’s Newsroom. While the evil mainstream media who are promoting the gay agenda, at least according to some Catholic apparatchiks, “attack” the Pope for his alleged failure to protect Catholic children from pedophile priests, Fox News does seem to be the vanguard of American media papal apologia. I say “news” because Megyn Kelly is part of the alleged Fox “news” programming. Earlier this month, Kelly described the evil, librul “attacks” on the Catholic Church. Her guest was a Catholic commentator from a Catholic cable network. So no bias there, no sirreee. This week, Kelly continued the pro-pope propaganda. Her guest was Fox News resident priest, Father Jonathan Morris, whose conservative order, the Legionaries of Christ, was founded on strict loyalty to the Pope. No bias there, no sireee. Not only was this “news” segment about defending “Papa Razi;” but it also served to provide a gratuitous slam at Christopher Hitchens and Richard Dawkins - atheists who are seeking to file criminal charges against the Pope over the alleged cover up of sexual abuse in the church. In two “opinion” shows on Fox “News,” the Bill O’Reilly Factor and Fox & Friends, atheists are personae non grata. Looks like they’re not too welcome over in the “news” department either!

Megyn Kelly looked positively distressed when she asked “could the Pope be headed behind bars?” She explained that some well known “atheists” “are now threatening to arrest the Pope when he visits Great Britain.” She explained that Richard Dawkins (also a scientist, Oxford professor, and author) and Christopher Hitchens (also a political commentator and journalist) are arguing that the Pope “should be charged for crimes against humanity.” After Kelly said that the aforementioned men are saying that “they are working actively…” Legionary of Christ, Jonathan Morris, said “they are working actively because these guys are activists and they have been activists not only against the Catholic Church but against any public expression of religion in society.” He claimed that “these guys are not only against the Catholic Church; but they’re against religion.” (So in the padre’s mind, writing about atheism and criticizing religion is being activist?) Morris said he has no problem with criticism of the church’s mismanagement; but he added that the Catholic Church in the United States has strong new safeguards against child abuse. When Kelly asked if Hitchens and Dawkins had a case, Morris responded that they “should read the NY Times” because (Morris got a little theatrical), “after a whole bunch of days bashing the church and putting all this smoke up without putting out concrete facts…," they said that Benedict is a better pope than his predecessor because of what he’s done to deal with clergy sexual abuse. Morris claimed the present Pope has done “more against sexual abuse” than any previous pontiff or Vatican high honcho. Kelly wanted to know the result of Hitchen’s and Dawkin’s efforts (she did admit that they are consulting with “legitimate barristers.”) She wanted to know if the Pope will be “slapped with a summons” in Britain. Morris didn’t think the British government would allow that to happen; but he “will be there covering for Fox.” Morris answered in the affirmative when Kelly asked if this was a “publicity stunt.” Morris said that things do need to change in the church. Kelly did ask about how sexual abuse is prevented as it’s one thing to crack down after it happens. Morris pivoted by saying that, in the last 50 years, only 2% of sexual abusers were priests with the others being mom’s boyfriend and step fathers. He also claimed that the next big percentage was school teachers and that most of the church pedophilia occurred in the 60’s, 70’s, and 80’s when “there was a sexual revolution going on.” He added that Pope Benedict said that the “filth” needs to be removed from the church.

Comment: It’s ironic that Morris would talk about the “filth” in the Catholic Church when the founder of his “creepy” order, Marcial Maciel, “hobnobbed with Mexico's rich and famous, cut lucrative real estate deals and was rumored to travel on occasion with a briefcase full of cash. He fathered at least one child, molested seminarians and boys and is said to have boasted that he had the pope's permission to get massages from young nuns.” An investigation by Ratzinger, who was head of the Congregation for the Faith, went nowhere because, reportedly, he didn’t believe the charges. Maciel was forced to retire, banned from exercising his ministry in public, and then died. There are still outstanding allegations of sexual abuse. The NY Times article , by conservative Catholic Russ Douthat, which Morris referenced, described Maciel as a "sexually voracious sociopath." But back to the interview. While Kelly actually did ask some relevant, objective questions, the net result of the interview was a whitewashing of Pope Benedict. Her interview came after the revelation of a letter in Latin, from Ratzinger, which stated that a defrocking case needed more time “for the good of the church.” - but that wasn't mentioned. If Kelly were a real journalist, shouldn’t she interview Catholic priests like canon lawyer, Father Thomas Doyle, who calls the new sexual abuse guidelines "failed attempt at damage control through revision of history." Kelly could have mentioned that there is precedent for this. Last year, Palestininian activists persuaded a British judge to issue an arrest warrant, for Israeli politican Tzipi Livni, based on alleged offenses committed during the Gaza conflict. Kelly could interview Hitchens and Dawkins. But no, she relied on Fox’s paid priest to do the damage control. Is this “news” or propaganda? I report, you decide.