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Catholic League South Park Response
Wednesday night’s episode of South Park took on the systematic cover up of child molestation in the Catholic Church. When Butters develops a friendship with Father Maxi from the local church and goes missing, the Cardinals from Denver assume it’s another abusive scandal and travel to South Park to cover it up.
In response, the Catholic League—a religious advocacy group—has released a baffling statement about the episode, calling the South Park creators “cowards.” As a statement from the organization’s president Bill Donohue reads:
The October 3rd episode of “South Park,” titled “A Boy and a Priest,” portrayed molesting priests as pedophiles. This is factually inaccurate: almost all the molesters—8 in 10—have been homosexuals. Therefore, the cartoon-victim characters should have been depicted as adolescents, not kids. In Hollywood, the creators of “South Park,” Trey Parker and Matt Stone, are seen as courageous. They are really cowards. It takes courage to tell the truth.
This is absolutely absurd. The disgusting and blatant homophobia of the statement aside, Donohue is simply saying, “actually, our priests are rapists, not pedophiles.”
It’s shameful, and nothing new for a man like Donohue, who has spent much of the last decade making excuses for the systemic child abuse within the Catholic Church. Donohue, whom President Donald Trump has publicly praised, has led campaigns against Samantha Bee, the Associated Press, Jews, Seth Meyers, and anyone else who reports on abuse in the Catholic Church.
If anything, this statement from the Catholic League only shows how accurate this episode of South Park really is.