Here’s Bill Donohue from the Catholic League on Illinois Democrat Sen. Martin Sandoval
Senator Sandoval, a Catholic, voted in favor of gay marriage yesterday. Although that puts him at odds with the Church’s teachings, it is certainly something he is entitled to do. What he is not entitled to do is to mock the Catholic Church.
(A former Seminarian) Sandoval said he experienced alcoholism and homosexuality, and “even met men that were pedophiles.” But none were guilty of any wrongdoing. Indeed, it was through “no fault of their own” that they descended to such a level. Then he unloaded: the culprit was “the Church and its leaders who did not provide any support to these—to these good men of faith.”
Sen. Sandoval then went on to mock the Pope, always a good strategy when a politician is trying to whip-up anti-Catholic hysteria.
Here’s the full video of Sen. Sandoval’s diatribe, kicking in at the 36 minute mark of the Senate debate. Note that Sen. Sandoval, who claims to have 8 years of Seminary education (at Quigley and Niles, per sources) incorrectly declares Ash Wednesday a Holy Day of Obligation.
Update: Sen Sandoval claims in his Senate biography to serve “on the board of Catholic Charities of Chicago, Advocate Bethany Hospital and the Save-A-Life Foundation.”
Save-A-Life has a storied past mixing politicians, supposed “charity” and money laundering