Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, the controversial Georgia Republican whose ability to run for re-election is being challenged, angered a prominent Catholic group this week by accusing church leaders of being in league with the devil.
Greene’s comments came during an interview with Michael Voris of the conservative website Church Militant. He directed the conversation toward the hot-button issue of Catholic Relief, an aid organization that assists immigrants along America’s southern border. “What it is, is Satan’s controlling the church,” Greene said. “The church is not doing its job. It’s not adhering to the teachings of Christ. It’s not adhering to what the Word of God says we’re supposed to do and how we’re supposed to live.”
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By caring for migrants under the guise of Jesus’ command to love one another, Greene continued, people are “perverting” the Bible as well as the U.S. Constitution. “Their definition of what love one another means…means destroying our laws. It means completely perverting what our Constitution says. It means taking unreal advantage of the American taxpayer. And it means pushing a globalist policy on the American people and forcing America to become something we are not supposed to be.”
Catholic League president Bill Donohue is demanding that Greene apologize for having “slandered” Catholics. In a letter to the House Ethics Committee this week, he urges sanctions against Greene, calling her “a disgrace” and “a loose cannon.”
Greene quickly fired back, refusing to apologize and demanding that Donohue do so instead. She clarified that it wasn’t laypeople but rather “the church leadership I was referring to when I invoked the Devil.”
Greene, now an evangelical Protestant, was raised in the Catholic Church but left, she says, because she “could not trust the Church leadership to protect my children from pedophiles.”
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Greene says, “America’s Catholic bishops are some of the worst in the world” and “the bishops’ wickedness” drove her away from Catholicism. This country “is full of pious, churchgoing Catholics” who “deserve better pastoral leadership,” she adds.
In her lengthy statement, posted on Twitter, Greene extends her outrage to Donohue himself. She calls him a “loyal lapdog” who benefits financially by defending “corrupt bishops” and doing their “dirty work.”