Catholic League: Hagee Controversy Officially Over(!)

hageemccain3.jpgThat was easy.
The conservative Catholic League for Civil and Religious Rights has received a letter from televangelist/John McCain supporter John Hagee expressing regret over having offended Catholics (read it here). And, just like that, Catholic League president Bill Donohue says he accepts Hagee’s apology:

“The tone of Hagee’s letter is sincere. He wants reconciliation and he has achieved it. Indeed, the Catholic League welcomes his apology. What Hagee has done takes courage and quite frankly I never expected him to demonstrate such sensitivity to our concerns. But he has done just that. Now Catholics, along with Jews, can work with Pastor Hagee in making interfaith relations stronger than ever. Whatever problems we had before are now history. This case is closed.”


God-o-Meter wonders whether the Catholic church, for which Donohue is not an official spokesperson, or tens of millions of American Catholics feel the same way. What about the issue of Hagee’s allegedly anti-Catholic comments and his criticism of the Catholic church’s actions during the Holocaust that appear in his books? Hagee didn’t renounce any of that. Does Donohue care? Seems like a pretty quick fix to a very thorny problem.
Not to mention the convenient timing for John McCain, who’s suffered a lot of grief for pursuing and embracing Hagee’s endorsement. Somehow, God-o-Meter doubts that the case is closed on Hagee. This settlement might just spur more critical coverage of the Hagee-McCain connection.


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posted May 13, 2008 at 1:31 pm

Catholics are a pasie for the the GOP. Religious people think the RNC is anointed by GOD. They can not do any wrong. America is in the worst mess since the depression,and conseratives still falls for the GOP. American jobs are outsourced monthly . Americans are becoming squatters in tent cities because of the Bush Administration,and religious people is still flocking to the GOP for punishment. What you reep is wht your are going to sow. Is common sense a lost art?

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posted May 13, 2008 at 1:53 pm

Hagee does not want to miss the opportunity for a “Bully pulpit”. So he has to eat a few words. I expect he has a steady diet of things he regrets saying. But they add neither cholesterol nor caloires, so who cares. At worst they may increase his stomach acidity. He seems willing to put up with a little aural indigestion just so he can once more grab onto McCain’s hem and get dragged into the limelight he is “jonesing” for.

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