Bill Donohue recently sent a letter to Dr. Mary Jane Doherty, head of the Archdiocese of Boston’s Review Board. Donohue was responding to a letter that BishopAccountability had sent Doherty, asking her to disclose the names of priests accused in the archdiocese, all of whom were reportedly dead.
In his letter, Donohue noted that this issue has nothing to do with victims’ “healing”; rather, it has to do with politics. He continued, “BishopAccountability is so thoroughly biased against the constitutional rights of priests that it has the audacity to point fingers at the Boston Review Board because it objects to the Board’s finding that 45 percent of the cases that were initially reviewed were found wanting.” Had the Review Board found 100 percent of the cases meritorious, surely they would have been congratulated.
Although it is described as such, BishopAccountability is not simply an archival group. Indeed, its letter to Doherty proves that it has an agenda. To have one standard for priests, and another for everyone else, is not only discriminatory, it is despicable.
Donohue concluded his letter saying, “Carry on your fine work, and rest assured that most Catholics believe in a uniform standard of justice.”