What cartoonist Rob Tornoe thinks of Catholic priests need not be explained. His caricature of Catholic priests is simply bigoted and ugly.
If Tornoe – a contributor to the Philadelphia Inquirer, WHYY News, and the far-left organization Media Matters – had produced such a grotesque drawing of a Jewish rabbi or Muslim cleric, the outrage in the media would be deafening. Apologies from the media outlet that published such a cartoon would be effusive, and Tornoe would likely be shown the door.
But the mainstream media's double standard with the Catholic Church is still alive and well.
Rambling screed: Wrong on the factsIn addition, accompanying Tornoe's "art" is a screed he wrote in which he claims that the Catholic Church is "spending big to silence abuse victims."
Of course, the Catholic Church does not have the power to "silence" anyone, even if it wanted to. And there is no other organization in the United States which is more transparent with respect to the issue of sex abuse than the Catholic Church, as it has retained layers of independent auditors to examine and publicize all of its affairs.
Tornoe refers to proposed legislation in New Jersey which would permit individuals to sue the Catholic Church for big dollars for alleged abuse committed many decades ago, and even if the accused priest is long ago deceased and the accusation is incapable of being proven.
Tornoe also sympathetically quotes a member of the anti-Catholic group SNAP who claims that "people just want their day in court."
In truth, civil lawsuits against the Church rarely reach any courtroom. After contingency lawyers take their cases to an all-too-willing media to trumpet their suits, these lawyers then privately press the Church to reach big cash settlements. And the Church predictably caves to the plaintiffs' demands, resulting in large payouts for alleged victims and their lawyers.
Most notably, Tornoe makes no note of our nation's public schools, where massive abuse and cover-ups are happening this very day.
Meanwhile, annual independent audits of the Catholic Church have consistently shown that abuse in the Church today is extremely rare.
But don't expect to get these facts from Tornoe.