I saw this interview on Fox the other day and am so glad someone put it on YouTube.
I can’t tell you how perfectly I thought our side, Fr. Jonathan Morris and Martha MacCallum, argued against admittedly fallen liberal Catholic Phil Donohue. This was a grand debate where the liberal clock was cleaned.
Fr. Morris employed wonderful skill against Donohue, who threw 9 pieces of mud against the wall to try to move the discussion away from abortion and human embryo experimentation – including Catholic opposition to condoms, a Holocaust denying priest, the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, the Catholic Church’s history of anti-semitism, George Bush, the lack of priests and nuns, and dropping church attendance….
Fr. Morris consistently reoriented the debate by stating he would love to discuss these issues with Donohue another time, but the topic here was Obama’s opposition to Life in context with being honored at Notre Dame.
Martha MacCallum employed another grand skill of bringing in an example from another realm: Would Donohue see the problem with a Jewish university inviting an anti-semitic speaker?
Donohue was indeed smart by trying to take the topic off of abortion, but it didn’t work. Fr. Morris closed by saying many of the Church’s woes would be solved by returning to strong teaching of Catholic ideals, exactly the opposite of Donohue’s recommendation.
Again, this was a perfect debate. It is on YouTube in 2 parts. Pro-lifers commenting here could learn from it.
[HT: Susie A.]