Hagee To Catholics: I’m Sorry
“Out of a desire to advance 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,” Hagee wrote, according to an advanced copy of the letter reviewed by Washington Wire. “After engaging in constructive dialogue with Catholic friends and leaders, I now have an improved understanding of the Catholic Church, its relation to the Jewish faith, and the history of anti-Catholicism.”
The letter was sent to Catholic League president Bill Donahue, who previously released a list of grievances called “Veteran Bigot.” Hagee addresses some of his harsh remarks, saying,
“I better understand that reference to the Roman Catholic Church as the ‘apostate church’ and the ‘great whore’ described in the book of Revelation” – both terms Hagee has employed – “is a rhetorical device long employed in anti-Catholic literature and commentary,” he wrote.
Donahue issued this statement:
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“The tone of Hagee’s letter is sincere. He wants reconciliation and he has achieved it. Indeed, the Catholic League welcomes his apology. What Hagee has done takes courage and quite frankly I never expected him to demonstrate such sensitivity to our concerns,” Donohue wrote.
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