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-Pastor Hagee Apologizes to Catholics

by Dr. D ~ May 13th, 2008

John Hagee, a ‘mega’ church pastor, evangelist, and well known supporter of John McCain has apologized to Catholics for his critical statements concerning Catholicism and particularly Catholic historical treatment of Jews.

image_thumb There has been an outcry from some circles for Senator John McCain to reject Hagee’s support in light of his anti-Catholic statements.  The drumbeat has continued in the media particularly in response to the problems that Barack Obama has been facing with his long time pastor Jeremiah Wright. However, McCain was never a part of Hagee’s church and did state that he disagreed with Pastor Hagee on a number of issues, especially his anti-Catholic statements, but still welcomed his support.

Hagee wrote in a letter to William Donohue, president of the Catholic League for Civil and Religious Rights:

"Out of a desire to advance a greater unity among Catholics and evangelicals in promoting the common good, I want to express my deep regret for any comments that Catholics have found hurtful." …

"In my zeal to oppose anti-Semitism and bigotry in all its ugly forms, I have often emphasized the darkest chapters in the history of Catholics and Protestant relations with the Jews.  In the process, I may have contributed to the mistaken impression that the anti-Jewish violence of the Crusades and the Inquisition defines the Catholic Church. It most certainly does not."

In the past, Pastor Hagee has seemingly made bigoted references to the Roman Catholic Church of history as "the apostate church" and the "great whore," both very offensive terms to Catholics. Now in the recent letter he professes that those terms do not apply to the current Catholic Church.

In a statement responding to Hagee’s letter, posted in the Catholic League’s Web site, William Donohue added:

"What Hagee has done takes courage and quite frankly I never expected him to demonstrate such sensitivity to our concerns."

Response: It is always a good development when Christians humble themselves and admit to their mistakes and equally good when those who were offended accept. Pastor Hagee should be commended.            *Top

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