Deal Hudson describes a meeting today that occurred between himself, Bill Donahue and Pastor Hagee and his wife that occurred at Catholic League headquarters in New York. The meeting was very positive and ended with Bill Donohue saying:
"Pastor, you are my friend from this point forward and nothing’s going to change that. We have our theological differences but we Catholics and Evangelicals need to work together — that is the liberals worse nightmare."
I thought this was pretty funny.
As we were leaving, a reporter from the San Antonio Express called Donohue for interview. Donohue did the interview as we stood there. It was obvious that Donohue’s report on the meeting was not what the reporter wanted to hear. When the reporter asked if Donohue was trying to help John McCain, I thought the answer was unassailable: "If I am trying to help John McCain why would I have called Rev. Hagee anti-Catholic in the first place?"
I think it is pretty cool that started out as something negative has developed into something positive, though the media isn’t going to like this happy ending since they much rather like the Hagee equals Wright meme.
Bishop Fulton Sheen once said:
There are not over a hundred people in the United States who hate the Catholic Church. There are millions, however, who hate what they wrongly believe to be the Catholic Church, which is, of course, quite a different thing.
The real dialogue that has gone on since Donohue original denouncement only proves this to be true.