From THE INDEPENDENT:
In a statement released yesterday headlined “Muslims are right to be angry”, Bill Donohue, the president of the Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights, accused Charlie Hebdo of “intolerance” and its journalists’ “disgusting record” of playing a role in causing their own death.
“Those who work at this newspaper have a long and disgusting record of going way beyond the mere lampooning of public figures, and this is especially true of their depictions of religious figures.”
The Catholic League president described the newspaper’s publisher, who was killed in the violence, as “narcissistic”, criticising him by name.
“Stephane Charbonnier, the paper’s publisher, was killed today in the slaughter. It is too bad that he didn’t understand the role he played in his tragic death.
“Had he not been so narcissistic, he may still be alive,” he said.
The tone of the comments by the League is in stark contrast to those of the Catholic Church’s international leadership.
A spokesperson for Pope Francis yesterday condemned the slaughter at the satirical magazine as “abominable” and called for unity.
“The Holy Father expresses his firmest condemnation of the horrible attack,” the spokesperson said.
“Whatever its motivation might be, homicidal violence is abominable [and] is never justified.”