September 20th, 2013
09:43 AM ET

Chris Cuomo Presses Catholic League President On Gays, Nuns & Hollywood

In light of Pope Francis’ interview that included his views on gays and women, “New Day” Anchor Chris Cuomo asked The Catholic League President Bill Donohue if his views counter the Pope’s new direction for the Church. Cuomo points out that Donohue’s comments in the recent past about homosexuality and those who work in Hollywood may not fall in line with the Pope’s vision.

Cuomo said, “You have bashed on these issues for years and years. Most infamously, recently, saying that the Church had a homosexual problem, not a pedophile problem. I mean really incendiary, flagrant, divisive stuff…. You’re saying you won’t do that anymore?”

Donohue replied, “Oh no, I will always tell the truth –“

“Well, that wasn’t the truth,” Cuomo countered.

“If 81% of the victims are male and 100% of the victimizers are male, and if 78% of the victims are post-pubescent, the word in the English language is not pedophilia, it’s called homosexuality,” Donohue said.

When Donohue asked Cuomo if he thinks he “made up those figures,” Cuomo replied, “I think you’re parsing them, I think you’re cherry-picking them and I think that the most important part is your motivation. You just heard what the Pope said. Why wouldn’t you try to move past this parsing rhetoric and try to be what your church is supposed to be about?”

Cuomo told Donohue that he thinks the Pope is giving a message of love and understanding, adding that the Pope may think – 'Jesus wasn’t about what you’re doing right now.'

“So you think the nuns on the bus that are bringing everybody together by going out there in favor of Obamacare against what the Bishops want. They’re the ones who are divisive, typically on the left, but not exclusively,” Donahue said.

Cuomo responded, “I’m thinking what he wants is for you to spend less time bashing nuns….”


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  1. Ken Scully

    I was molested by a priest at 14. I was NOT a man, I was a child. Pedophilia is an attraction to children. Male or female, a 14 year old is a child, and whether the molester is technically a pedophile or not is irrelevant, and obscures and distracts from the real issue of the damage that molestation causes – the same damage that pedophiles cause! Parsing things like Donohue did, and remaining so analytical and argumentative shows a lack of empathy.

    September 21, 2013 at 8:04 am | Reply
  2. Chuck Gudgel

    I love how Chris held this guy's feet to the fire!

    September 20, 2013 at 6:01 pm | Reply
  3. Erin

    Mr. Cuomo,
    You are amazing! I don't know how you got through an interview with this blowhard without telling him what a moron he is. He makes me embarrassed to be a Catholic and sad that he is of my species. Anyone who is heartless enough to imply that a pedophilia victim was in a consensual homosexual relationship is a sick, twisted, soulless person who should not be a spokesperson for reasonable Catholics or any part of humanity.

    September 20, 2013 at 4:50 pm | Reply
  4. Martina

    Read leviticus 20 to fine out how God feels a out the "gay". Lifestyle

    September 20, 2013 at 3:59 pm | Reply
  5. Rosemarie Sciales

    Mr. Donohue is everything pope Francis is trying to overcome. As a catholic, he does not speak for me, and his on air time should be monitored!!!

    September 20, 2013 at 12:54 pm | Reply

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