In order to pander to its base of older, white, conservative Catholics, Fox News has aligned itself with the most regressive elements of the Catholic Church, such as Bill Donohue, the homophobic, anti-Semitic, and pedophile priest defending head of the Catholic League who sees offenses to Catholics at every turn. Donohue is pissed off because while there will be a gay contingent in the 2015 NYC St. Patrick's Day parade, there will be no Catholic pro-life group marching as allegedly promised. The parade organizers say otherwise. So who better to promote Donohue's allegation as yet another example of their patented memes about the persecution of pro-life Catholics and the evil gay agenda than Fox & Friends who, this morning, brought in their housepriest Fr. Jonathan Morris to bring his imprimatur to the Fox News propaganda points.
After the visual of "Keeping the Faith," accompanied by choir music, devout Anglican (not one of those sodomite loving Episcopalians) Tucker Carlson reported that a "Catholic group has pulled out of next year's St. Patrick's Day parade just a week after parade officials decided to allow a gay rights group to march in that parade under its own banner." (Oh, noooooo) The chyron framed the message that it was because of those evil sodomites that caused this "group" to leave the parade: "Betrayed, Catholic League Drops Out of Parade." (The promise of including a pro-life group was done to assuage Donohue who wanted the gay presence balanced by a pro-life group.)
Clayton Morris introduced Fr. Jonathan Morris who has a new book to flog. Clayton Morris wanted to know Fr. Morris' "reaction to this sort of cherry picking groups." (Note that the issue hadn't been explained.) Not surprisingly, Morris described this as "a big controversy" which has "gone viral" on the internet. He continued, "call me naive but I think that the solution is very simple." He asserted that the St. Patrick's Day Parade is about honoring the memory and the life of St. Patrick and "celebrating Irish heritage." (ROFLMAO, it's also an excuse to get stinking drunk, but whatever, padre.)
Fr. Morris opined that anybody who wants to honor St. Patrick "should be welcomed," as the chyron totally contradicted the preceding chyron: "Catholic League Quits, Donohue : It Has Nothing To Do With Being Betrayed." He lamented that the parade has become politicized, "so now I'm going out there under the banner of my ideology or agenda" and that this isn't "healthy." He continued: "If they're going to do it, of course, and that's sort of what they've done in saying yep this pro-gay group, but not this pro-life group, however it happened, then it gets complicated." He exhorted the parade organizers to "get back to the simple, simple meaning and purpose of the parade" which is celebrating St. Patrick. Carlson finally touched on the real issue when he asked if the pro-life group be allowed to march. Fr. Morris responded that "anybody should be able to march" if "you're there to celebrate the life and memory of St. Patrick." (Obviously not what gays are doing?) He recommended that the parade committee "rethink this whole process of acceptance."
Sweet lil Christian gal Anna Kooiman framed the message about how these gay people just ruin everything: "Did the problem start when the parade organizers started allowing these political groups to come in because then once you start, you really can't start." As she spoke, the chyron promoted the message, as Fox Fact, that the pro-life group is being dissed: "Parade Pull Out, Organizers are 'Stiffing Pro-Life Catholics'." (The "stiffing" part of the quote is from Donohue.) Fr. Morris agreed and said that it becomes problematic when groups are excluded. The rest of the segment was devoted to pimping Fr. Morris' new book.
What you didn't learn from Fox & Friends who never really fully explained the issue: The parade is NOT religious and- wait for it - Fox fave Cardinal Dolan (who has no problem with gays marching) himself is going to be the Grand Marshall of this new, gay inclusive parade, Oh saints preserve us!!!!! Donohue said he would only participate if pro-life groups were allowed to do the same. However, according to the Murdoch owned Wall Street Journal, a pro-life group would be allowed but because no application has been filed, no group will be marching and if an application is received, it's too late to allow them into the parade as all slots are filled. But according to Fox & Friends, this wouldn't have happened if only those pushy gays hadn't insisted on marching under their own banner.
Meanwhile, Bill Donohue is having a hissy fit and won't march. So, uh, isn't he the one unwilling to honor St. Patrick?
Morris and that fool, Donohue should have been ex-communicated from the church years ago. These two wolves in sheeps clothing are an insult to the Catholic faith.
Steve, this clown Donohue may not have a function within the Catholic church, but he has influential friends who give him airtime to vent his foolish rhetoric.