I have misspoken many times in the past and I promise that I’ll do it again in the future because I’m not perfect. I do try to chose my words carefully, especially if I’m talking to someone who is recording me. It only makes sense. I have never called someone an idiot or pinhead or moron if I didn’t mean it (I try not to call anyone these names unless I’m joking. Name calling in a great way to get yourself in trouble).
So, when Pastor John Hagee called the Catholic church the “great whore,” it was clear what he meant. He arrived at this conclusion after a huge build-up. It isn’t like he just blurted out – “great whore.” No, instead, he lead up to the moment by speaking of the past sins of the Catholic church, suggesting that today’s church should be responsible for the sins of the past. Hagee started with the Inquisition and then talked about the Crusades. He then tied the Crusades to antisemitism and the hatred of the Jews. I have no idea what the Crusades have to do with antisemitism, but Hagee was on a roll. Hitler, according to Hagee, learned his hatred of the Jews through this Catholic teaching. Then he ended with the assertion that the Catholic church is the “great whore.”
Well, it looks like Pastor Hagee didn’t mean it. He was just playin’. All I can say is “yeah, right.” Hagee may not have liked the media focus or the public criticism but he meant to say exactly what he said. In order to add insult to injury, in my opinion, Hagee met with several Catholic leaders earlier and wrote a letter to William Donohue, President of the Catholic League for Civil and Religious Rights, apologizing for his inflammatory rhetoric. Donohue has accepted his apology.
Hagee needs to go back and read that Bible that he is carrying around. He needs to open his heart and his mind when he is reading. The Catholic church has had much to answer for, but so has all of mankind because we aren’t perfect. We all fail just has Hagee has failed now.