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About time the Catholic Church

Especially seeing how long they drug their collective feet in dealing with pedophile priests.

17 posted on 04/17/2003 9:47:25 AM PDT by A2J (Daschle is a poo-poo head.)
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A minor consideration: while "pedophilic priests" has a nice alliterative ring to it, the term is not appropriate. In most cases, the priests who engaged in illicit sexual practices did so with same-sex TEENAGERS, not prepubescent children. Most of the illicit abuses, therefore, were merely homosexual abuses and NOT pedophilia. In Europe, where the age of consent in many nations is 16, most of these cases would be merely gross aberrations of homosexual men who also happen to be priests.

Also, the number of cases are relatively small in number. Less than 2% of all priests in the U.S. have been accused of this serious sin. That means that 98% of priests are innocent and doing a great job.

Finally, recall that it is a liberal press -the same press that repeatedly tries to spin things badly for our nation, the military, and the president - that coined the term "pedophilic priests" and that has misreported aspects of this scandal - even grossly exagerating matters. After all, if the liberal press can call into question the moral authority of the world's number one opponent to abortion (the Catholic Church), even if it has to distort facts to do so, don't you think it would? It is the press - most notably operations like the Boston Globe - that label as pedophilia things that are really simply immoral homosexual seductions.
280 posted on 04/17/2003 2:31:03 PM PDT by TheGeezer
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To: A2J
A minor consideration: while "pedophilic priests" has a nice alliterative ring to it, the term is not appropriate. In most cases, the priests who engaged in illicit sexual practices did so with same-sex TEENAGERS, not prepubescent children. Most of the illicit abuses, therefore, were merely homosexual abuses and NOT pedophilia. In Europe, where the age of consent in many nations is 16, most of these cases would be merely gross aberrations of homosexual men who also happen to be priests.

Also, the number of cases are relatively small in number. Less than 2% of all priests in the U.S. have been accused of this serious sin. That means that 98% of priests are innocent and doing a great job.

Finally, recall that it is a liberal press -the same press that repeatedly tries to spin things badly for our nation, the military, and the president - that coined the term "pedophilic priests" and that has misreported aspects of this scandal - even grossly exagerating matters. After all, if the liberal press can call into question the moral authority of the world's number one opponent to abortion (the Catholic Church), even if it has to distort facts to do so, don't you think it would? It is the press - most notably operations like the Boston Globe - that label as pedophilia things that are really simply immoral homosexual seductions.
281 posted on 04/17/2003 2:32:07 PM PDT by TheGeezer
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