Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly has discovered that even when defending the Western’s institute of marriage against homosexuals who would subvert its sanctity, things don’t go as planned. After all, when his wife and the mother of his two children separated from him, he used his sway with the Nassau County Police to have her new beau, a detective, thoroughly investigated. This did not fail to end their divorce and his wife’s remarriage. But why stop there? His former wife, Maureen McPhilmy, has received a letter from the Catholic Church saying she should no longer take communion in her Long Island parish: after all, divorce is a sin. Furthermore, she should cease telling her children that her second marriage is valid in the eyes of God. Failing this, the Church would have to take harsher measures.
How they knew what she was telling her children might have something to do with O’Reilly, who also donated over $65,000 to New York Catholic parishes and schools in 2011, and as Gawker reports, “carries considerable weight in the archdiocese.”
Is that all we could complain about O’Reilly? No. He’s gone further. As a court document reads:
“The mother claimed that the [father] had repeatedly violated conditions of the agreement,” says a docket entry that Gawker identified as O’Reilly and McPhilmy’s case. “The mother further alleged that, after the execution of the agreement, the father had hired the children’s therapist as a full-time employee to perform virtually all of his parental duties. … The mother’s affidavit contained specific allegations concerning the father’s repeated violations of the custody provisions of the agreement since its inception. … Moreover, the full-time employment of the children’s therapist, the person designated in the agreement as a neutral third-party ‘arbitrator’ of custodial disputes, by the father, constitutes a significant change of circumstance which could undermine the integrity of the agreement’s custodial provisions.”
In other words, he corrupted the terms of having a neutral third party by hiring her in as his full time employee. So he wants to take her leverage, as well as her access to heaven. Why not take away having been ever married in the first place?
And that’s another step O’Reilly is taking. He is seeking to have his entire marriage annulled, a term in the Catholic Church which means it never existed whatsoever, they were never married, it was just a dream — 15-years of nothing.
Well it is difficult to defend Western values of the sanctity of marriage with one’s words and person. The declining marriage rates in countries that allow gays to marry may be a legitimate concern, but perhaps those rates need no extra help from gays?