A Pennsylvania grand jury report was released last week detailing the child sexual abuse allegations against more than 300 Roman Catholic priests. The report claims that church leaders covered up the scandal. More than 1,000 child victims were identifiable, according to NBC News.
Catholic League President Bill Donohue has written a commentary "debunking" the report, which has been published on CNS News. According to DeadState, CNS News is an affiliate of the right-leaning Media Research Center.
Donohue begins his commentary by saying "the percentage of priests who had an accusation made against them is quite small." He goes on to state that it is unfair to single out the Catholic Church.
He also criticizes Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro, who he nicknames "salacious," for saying the priests raped their victims.
"This is an obscene lie," Donohue writes. "Most of the alleged victims were not raped: they were groped or otherwise abused, but not penetrated, which is what the word 'rape' means."
Donohue goes on to say that it is a "homosexual scandal" and not pedophilia.
The Catholic League is an organization that protects and defends the Catholic Church, according to its website. It is not an official organization of the Roman Catholic Church.
Donohue has been sharply criticized in the media for his commentary.