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German Catholic Priest Admits To 280 Counts Of Sexual Abuse
Business Insider ^ | 1/13/2012 | Sanya Khetani

Posted on 01/13/2012 10:31:42 AM PST by RnMomof7

A German Catholic priest has admitted 280 counts of sexual abuse involving three boys over almost a decade, the BBC reported. About 2,800 pornographic images -- including several of his victims -- were found on the priest's computer.

Named only as Andreas L, the priest, 46, told a court in Braunschweig he did not think he was doing harm.

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TOPICS: Ecumenism; General Discusssion; Moral Issues; Religion & Culture
KEYWORDS: agendadrivenfreeper; calvinismisdead; catholic; catholicbashing; children; priesthood; shame; sin
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Will this ever end?
1 posted on 01/13/2012 10:31:46 AM PST by RnMomof7
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2 posted on 01/13/2012 10:32:41 AM PST by RnMomof7
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To: RnMomof7

Give him 30 silver pieces and a length of rope.


3 posted on 01/13/2012 10:36:51 AM PST by massgopguy (I owe everything to George Bailey)
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To: RnMomof7
Will this ever end?

Apparently not.

4 posted on 01/13/2012 10:37:27 AM PST by Jim Scott
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To: RnMomof7

I want to see excommunication along with de-froking by the church - now.

And a long prison term.


5 posted on 01/13/2012 10:38:07 AM PST by Triple (Socialism denies people the right to the fruits of their labor, and is as abhorrent as slavery)
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To: RnMomof7

I want to see excommunication along with de-frocking by the church - now.

And a long prison term.


6 posted on 01/13/2012 10:38:23 AM PST by Triple (Socialism denies people the right to the fruits of their labor, and is as abhorrent as slavery)
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To: RnMomof7

I often think of the Lady of Fatima’s letter and the third secret, Satanic infiltration of the church.


7 posted on 01/13/2012 10:39:27 AM PST by Beowulf9
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To: RnMomof7
...the priest, 46, told a court in Braunschweig he did not think he was doing harm.

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"It was never my impression that the children did not consent," the priest was quoted as saying at the trial,

This worthless piece of human garbage does not think he did anything wrong.

8 posted on 01/13/2012 10:42:36 AM PST by WayneS (Comments now include 25% MORE sarcasm for no additional charge...)
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“Will this ever end?” <<<

Not if it is up to you, apparently.

Enjoy.


9 posted on 01/13/2012 10:44:11 AM PST by RitaOK (LET 'ER RIP, NEWT. NEWT 2012)
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To: RnMomof7
It happened a long time ago. Wait...

The first incident was with a nine-year old in 2004
10 posted on 01/13/2012 10:45:09 AM PST by TSgt (Suppose you were an idiot and suppose you were a member of Congress. But I repeat myself.)
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To: RnMomof7

But remember...only a small percentage of priests have been involved and other organizations have abusers within their ranks too and and and....


11 posted on 01/13/2012 10:47:48 AM PST by count-your-change (You don't have to be brilliant, not being stupid is enough.)
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To: massgopguy

12 posted on 01/13/2012 10:49:47 AM PST by GraceG
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To: RnMomof7
This is obviously a Church matter that should never have been published. Let them do an internal investigation, send him to another parish, give him counseling and support and check back on him in a couple of decades to see if that worked. Remember the Church has Tradition on its side and we should let well enough alone.
13 posted on 01/13/2012 10:56:54 AM PST by BipolarBob (I don't mind you shooting at me, Frank, but take it easy on the Bacardi!)
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To: RnMomof7

But, but, but,.....


14 posted on 01/13/2012 10:57:56 AM PST by metmom (For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore & do not submit again to a yoke of slavery)
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Homosexual Admits To 280 Counts Of Sexual Abuse
15 posted on 01/13/2012 11:00:36 AM PST by South Hawthorne (In Memory of my dear Friend Henry Lee II)
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To: WayneS
...the priest, 46, told a court in Braunschweig he did not think he was doing harm.

... "It was never my impression that the children did not consent," the priest was quoted as saying at the trial,

This worthless piece of human garbage does not think he did anything wrong.

Sure. A priest who can dangle their eternal destiny before them in blackmail and they're going to object/ not consent?

The kids were probably terrified.

16 posted on 01/13/2012 11:01:04 AM PST by metmom (For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore & do not submit again to a yoke of slavery)
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To: RnMomof7

Not as long as people like sex and all the funny feelings that go with it.


17 posted on 01/13/2012 11:23:41 AM PST by stuartcr ("In this election year of 12, how deep into their closets will we delve?")
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To: Beowulf9

I think this stuff has been going on way before She appeared.


18 posted on 01/13/2012 11:24:57 AM PST by stuartcr ("In this election year of 12, how deep into their closets will we delve?")
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To: RnMomof7

“Will this ever end?”

Apparently not.

http://stopbaptistpredators.org/index.htm


19 posted on 01/13/2012 11:27:14 AM PST by Larry Lucido
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To: RnMomof7

Wow, from the headline, I thought there were 280 kids abused... not three. Still, I sure hope he gets prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law, and that the diocese moves quickly to investigate any other possible fiends out there: They do tend to establish social contacts among themselves.

Further, I hope there’s proper investigation as to whether the diocese took all reasonable steps after the mother complained of an “improperly close relationship.” You can’t exactly fire a priest, just because someone is leery of him being a little friendly to a child. (And no, you can’t drive someone into lonely destitution on someone’s vibe). But you certainly can investigate.


20 posted on 01/13/2012 11:29:15 AM PST by dangus
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To: RnMomof7

Of course, had this priest been a PRESBYTERIAN minister, he could have “celebrated” his relationships with the boys openly.


21 posted on 01/13/2012 11:31:23 AM PST by dangus
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To: Larry Lucido

Muncie pastor’s molestation trial begins
Updated: Tuesday, 10 Jan 2012, 7:36 AM EST
Published : Tuesday, 10 Jan 2012, 7:36 AM EST

MUNCIE, Ind. (AP) - A Central Indiana pastor is facing trial on charges alleging that he sexually abuse three teenage boys who were members of his congregation.

The Star Press reports that a Delaware Circuit Court jury seated Monday was scheduled to begin hearing testimony Tuesday in the case against 55-year-old Matthew A. Kidd.

The pastor of Freedom Point Apostolic Church faces charges of child molesting, sexual misconduct with a minor and vicarious sexual gratification. He’s accused of fondling the three teens, who are brothers, by having them disrobe before giving them massages and performing what he says were exams for ailments such as hernias.

Kidd has denied the allegations, which are also the basis of a lawsuit filed by the alleged victims and their family against Kidd and his Muncie church.


22 posted on 01/13/2012 11:35:44 AM PST by dangus
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To: Larry Lucido; RnMomof7

I wonder why RnMomof7 has no apparent concern for Protestant kids who are abused and raped by their pastors?

Former youth pastor, teacher charged with molestation
By Bob Allen
Monday, January 09, 2012
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ALABASTER, Ala. (ABP) – Residents of a Birmingham suburb expressed shock at sexual abuse charges filed against a popular school teacher who faced similar allegations, but avoided arrest, 20 years ago while he was youth minister at a Baptist church.

Police in Alabaster, Ala., arrested Daniel Montague Acker Jr., 49, Jan. 4 and charged him with three counts of first-degree child sexual abuse. A fourth charge involving a second victim was added Jan. 6.

Police said Acker admitted to molesting at least 21 female students during his 25-year tenure as a teacher at three public schools.

According to the Shelby County Reporter, Acker was accused of child abuse in 1992, but a grand jury did not indict him. At the time he was serving as a youth pastor at Alabaster’s Westwood Baptist Church.
First Baptist Church of Pelham, Ala., allowed Acker’s family to hold a spaghetti supper at the church as a fund raiser after the 1992 allegations.

“In hindsight, I wish they would have found somewhere else to have it,” First Baptist Pastor Mike Shaw told the newspaper. Shaw apologized “for allowing an event to be held in our facility which provided support for someone who used his position to prey on innocent children.”


23 posted on 01/13/2012 11:37:59 AM PST by dangus
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To: Larry Lucido; RnMomof7

Springfield pastor’s wife jailed for alleged sex with foster son

A Springfield woman remains jailed after being arrested last week for allegedly having sexual intercourse with her 16-year-old foster son in Washington Park.

Gwanda K. Tribbet, 47, of the 100 block of North MacArthur Boulevard is charged with aggravated criminal sexual abuse and criminal sexual assault. Her bond is set at $250,000.


24 posted on 01/13/2012 11:39:25 AM PST by dangus
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More child sex charges filed against ‘traveling pastor’
Another accuser has come forward against man, who is jailed on child sex abuse charges.

By Patrick George
AMERICAN-STATESMAN STAFF
Published: 7:44 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 27, 2011

A “traveling pastor” who was charged with sexual crimes against children this year has been charged again after another accuser came forward, according to court documents.

Francisco Antonio Hernandez, 53, was charged last week with indecency with a child by contact, a second-degree felony, according to an arrest affidavit filed Tuesday with Travis County courts . In October, Hernandez was charged with aggravated sexual assault of a child and indecency with a child by sexual contact.

Police have said that Hernandez, also known as Pastor Javier, traveled to private homes in the Austin area to hold services for a nondenominational church that had no name.

The latest charge against Hernandez comes from a woman who told police in July that Hernandez sexually abused her when she was 7 years old, the affidavit said.


25 posted on 01/13/2012 11:41:47 AM PST by dangus
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Judge says former pastor is a flight risk
A Superior Court judge has ruled that a former Fairbanks pastor is too great a flight risk to remain out on bail while he appeals a seven-year sentence on sex-abuse charges.

THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
Published: 12/31/11 11:40 pm

FAIRBANKS — A Superior Court judge has ruled that a former Fairbanks pastor is too great a flight risk to remain out on bail while he appeals a seven-year sentence on sex-abuse charges.

Shawn Justice, the 33-year-old former pastor, met the victim when he was the pastor at Corinthian Baptist Church, the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports.


26 posted on 01/13/2012 11:43:04 AM PST by dangus
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To: dangus

Second Victim Claims Sexual Abuse by Former Youth Pastor
A second victim is accusing a former youth pastor and little league coach of sexual molestation stemming from incidents that occurred several years ago in Gwinnett County.

By Sharon Swanepoel Email the author December 23, 2011


27 posted on 01/13/2012 11:43:43 AM PST by dangus
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To: TSgt
The first incident was with a nine-year old in 2004

Again, post-Vatican II.

Secular humanism opened the door to this sort of behavior.

28 posted on 01/13/2012 11:45:29 AM PST by Kennard
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ON THE OTHER HAND:

Priest cleared of sexual assault allegations, six years later, still struggling to shed stigma
Published: Tuesday, January 03, 2012, 7:15 AM
By Erin Duffy/The Times

HAMILTON — In 2005, as the Catholic clergy sex abuse crisis continued to grab headlines all over America, even the St. Raphael-Holy Angels parish was not immune to scandal.


29 posted on 01/13/2012 11:47:34 AM PST by dangus
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To: dangus; RnMomof7; Gamecock

And hey, don’t get me started on those rascally Mormons! /s

(I sometimes think everybody but Calvinists are engaged in some kind of hanky-panky somewhere).


30 posted on 01/13/2012 11:48:13 AM PST by Larry Lucido
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>> Again, post-Vatican II. Secular humanism opened the door to this sort of behavior. <<

Nonsense.

* Most of the “victims” of the Spanish Inquisition were Catholic priests who were accused of sexually abusive relations.

* Why was Luther so convinced that celibacy was a wicked demand? He believed that sexual continence was utterly impossible, asserting that priests committed “unspeakable acts” with younger seminarians. (And, yes, consider for a moment, how long it was before Luther was himself married. Was he not sexually chaste during his very prolonged bachelorhood? He was 41 years old.)

* The very first post-biblical ecumenical council, first Nicene, felt it necessary to clarify that priests whose indiscretion causes “grave scandal” to children must be removed from office. (This is another reason that the American bishops were so derelict.) “Scandal,” here, refers to sinning in such a notorious way as to prevent the salvation of another person.


31 posted on 01/13/2012 11:54:53 AM PST by dangus
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To: Kennard

>> Again, post-Vatican II. Secular humanism opened the door to this sort of behavior. <<

... which is not to say that I don’t concur that the liberalism which followed Vatican II did not inflame the problems of the sexually dysfunctional within the Church. Prior to Vatican II, a priest who avoids the sacrament of confession or who invalidly confects the eucharist would immediately attract negative attention from his bishop. After Vatican II, such deviances were more often viewed as merely stylistic, not indicative of grave dogmatic difficulties.


32 posted on 01/13/2012 11:57:35 AM PST by dangus
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None of which offenses excuses the Catholic church from not following the Scriptural mandate on how to deal with immorality that's in the Bible that the Catholic church claims it wrote.

And then they demand the right and privilege of being the only ones to *properly* interpret said Bible when they don't even follow it themselves?

right......

1 Corinthians 5 1 It is actually reported that there is sexual immorality among you, and of a kind that is not tolerated even among pagans, for a man has his father's wife. 2 And you are arrogant! Ought you not rather to mourn? Let him who has done this be removed from among you.

3 For though absent in body, I am present in spirit; and as if present, I have already pronounced judgment on the one who did such a thing. 4 When you are assembled in the name of the Lord Jesus and my spirit is present, with the power of our Lord Jesus, 5 you are to deliver this man to Satan for the destruction of the flesh, so that his spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord.

6 Your boasting is not good. Do you not know that a little leaven leavens the whole lump? 7 Cleanse out the old leaven that you may be a new lump, as you really are unleavened. For Christ, our Passover lamb, has been sacrificed. 8 Let us therefore celebrate the festival, not with the old leaven, the leaven of malice and evil, but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.

9 I wrote to you in my letter not to associate with sexually immoral people— 10 not at all meaning the sexually immoral of this world, or the greedy and swindlers, or idolaters, since then you would need to go out of the world. 11 But now I am writing to you not to associate with anyone who bears the name of brother if he is guilty of sexual immorality or greed, or is an idolater, reviler, drunkard, or swindler—not even to eat with such a one. 12 For what have I to do with judging outsiders? Is it not those inside the church whom you are to judge? 13 God judges those outside. “Purge the evil person from among you.”

33 posted on 01/13/2012 11:59:57 AM PST by metmom (For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore & do not submit again to a yoke of slavery)
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To: dangus

*charges* not conviction or admission.

Where are the Catholics screaming about false accusations and how it can ruin a man’s life, like they do when it’s a Catholic priest being accused?


34 posted on 01/13/2012 12:01:53 PM PST by metmom (For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore & do not submit again to a yoke of slavery)
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To: dangus

*charges* not conviction or admission.

Where are the Catholics screaming about false accusations and how it can ruin a man’s (or woman’s) life, like they do when it’s a Catholic priest being accused?


35 posted on 01/13/2012 12:03:23 PM PST by metmom (For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore & do not submit again to a yoke of slavery)
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To: dangus

Arrested eh?

What a novel concept.

And the pastor apologized for it.

Another novel concept.


36 posted on 01/13/2012 12:05:09 PM PST by metmom (For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore & do not submit again to a yoke of slavery)
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To: RnMomof7

“Will this ever end?”

NO, human beings will continue to sin until Jesus returns...whether they be Catholic, evangelical, agnostic, whatever...

We ALL need to pray for holiness for all of our brothers and sisters...and especially for those who claim to be religious leaders, etc.

AND, we need to be sure that we are all seeking that personal holiness to which God calls us.


37 posted on 01/13/2012 12:06:05 PM PST by SumProVita (Cogito, ergo...Sum Pro Vita. (Modified Decartes))
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Remember the Church has Tradition on its side and we should let well enough alone.

In this decades-long tidal wave of homo-abuse, virtually none of assailants or enablers have been traditional Catholics. The scandal is entirely the result of infiltration and usurpation of Church office by liberal and neocon heretics.

Once Catholic Tradition is restored, the problem will be over.

38 posted on 01/13/2012 12:06:05 PM PST by mas cerveza por favor
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*charges* not conviction or admission.

Where are the Catholics screaming about false accusations and how it can ruin a man’s life, like they do when it’s a Catholic priest being accused?


39 posted on 01/13/2012 12:06:10 PM PST by metmom (For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore & do not submit again to a yoke of slavery)
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To: metmom
>> None of which offenses excuses the Catholic church from not following the Scriptural mandate on how to deal with immorality that's in the Bible that the Catholic church claims it wrote. <<

Well, it certainly does not excuse the Catholic priests who did horrible things, nor the derelict Catholic bishops who allowed it to persist, nor the millions of Catholic parishioners, infected with Protestantism, who thought it was so cool that there pastors don't get caught up in silly matters like using noble substances for transubstantiation, or maintaining the sacred air within the sanctuary.

But since the Catholic church, unlike Protestant churches, does not rely on the personal interpretation of the bible of its ministers, the Catholic doctrine, though poorly proclaimed as of late, remains unblemished by the despicable acts of its ministers.

But why is your concern only with the Catholic church? I responded to a single, though terrible, abuse case from a faraway land with numerous cases happening right here in America, by Protestant ministers. Yet your only concern remains not with the complete inaction by various Protestant denominations, such as the SBC and various Presbyterian denominations, but solely with the actions of faraway Catholic priests. How very strange.

40 posted on 01/13/2012 12:07:15 PM PST by dangus
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*accused* not conviction or admission.

Where are the Catholics screaming about false accusations and how it can ruin a man’s life, like they do when it’s a Catholic priest being accused?


41 posted on 01/13/2012 12:07:15 PM PST by metmom (For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore & do not submit again to a yoke of slavery)
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To: Kennard
Secular humanism opened the door to this sort of behavior.

I think not. It's been endemic in the Catholic church for centuries by all accounts.

St. Peter Damian's Book of Gomorrah: Homosexual Situation Graver than Damian's Time

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-religion/929551/posts

42 posted on 01/13/2012 12:10:09 PM PST by metmom (For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore & do not submit again to a yoke of slavery)
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To: RnMomof7

Unfortunately, there are still many media brain-washed neocons calling for the canonization of arch homo-abuse enabler JP2.


43 posted on 01/13/2012 12:12:12 PM PST by mas cerveza por favor
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To: dangus
I responded to a single, though terrible, abuse case from a faraway land with numerous cases happening right here in America, by Protestant ministers. Yet your only concern remains not with the complete inaction by various Protestant denominations, such as the SBC and various Presbyterian denominations, but solely with the actions of faraway Catholic priests. How very strange.

What complete in action?

Demonstrate that.

I suppose that moving molesting priests around is not complete inaction, some action DID take place, just not the appropriate kind.

44 posted on 01/13/2012 12:15:16 PM PST by metmom (For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore & do not submit again to a yoke of slavery)
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To: metmom

Actually, all six of the cases I posted were criminal prosecutions, which are vanishingly rare among the Catholic sex-abuse cases. The standard of proof for a criminal indictment is much higher than the standard of proof for a lawsuit. Of course, he did confess his crime... like most of the Protestant cases I posted.


45 posted on 01/13/2012 12:15:57 PM PST by dangus
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I responded to a single, though terrible, abuse case from a faraway land with numerous cases happening right here in America, by Protestant ministers. Yet your only concern remains not with the complete inaction by various Protestant denominations, such as the SBC and various Presbyterian denominations, but solely with the actions of faraway Catholic priests. How very strange.

The only *single* anything in this case the thread is about is that it's ONE man.

There's a huge difference in the reaction of Protestants vs Catholics when one of their clergy is accused, charged, arrested, whatever, concerning a sexual abuse case.

It's that Protestants see that the person is arrested, usually strip him of his credentials, applaud the action of justice being done, and express the position that the guy has no business being a minister or near children again.

In contrast to the Catholic position of moving him around, covering it up, allowing him to continue to administer sacraments and recognize them as valid REGARDLESS of the sin in his life, and counter with *Once a priest, always a priest*- his personal holiness does not affect his ability to be a priest.

Disgusting beyond words.

If I found out that some priest served me communion during a time of actively molesting little boys, I'd just want to puke. What defilement. And to hold up a eucharist to sanctify it and make it holy with hands which have done what they did?

It is beyond comprehension that Catholics tolerate it.

46 posted on 01/13/2012 12:24:24 PM PST by metmom (For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore & do not submit again to a yoke of slavery)
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To: dangus; All
I wonder why RnMomof7 has no apparent concern for Protestant kids who are abused and raped by their pastors?

I was also wondering why the members of the molestation fan club weren't all over the Penn State threads. I even pinged a few of them to them, but they didn't seem to be interested. It's "almost like" they only care about child molestation when it can be used against Catholics - otherwise it's No Big Deal.

47 posted on 01/13/2012 12:27:45 PM PST by Hacksaw
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To: metmom

It was people like you who were yammering about the Holy Inquisition until it was unwisely shut down. Now it should be obvious to all that the Inquisition was a good thing which should be restored.


48 posted on 01/13/2012 12:37:23 PM PST by mas cerveza por favor
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To: dangus

The media loves to report the homo-child abuse by priests but usually downplays it among everybody else.


49 posted on 01/13/2012 12:41:33 PM PST by mas cerveza por favor
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To: metmom
>> It's that Protestants see that the person is arrested, usually strip him of his credentials, applaud the action of justice being done, and express the position that the guy has no business being a minister or near children again. <<

I wish. The more typical response is to sever the contract and sign non-disclosure contracts in exchange for agreements not to challenge the contract nullification. This, then, means that standard practice for firing a minister for inappropriate sexual conduct is STILL to allow the terminated to get re-hired by another, unwitting congregation.

Despite pleas of "we can't help it, we have a congregational polity," most congregational churches have some body that credentials their ministers. Reasonable steps would include:

Yet, NONE of these steps have been implemented. Why? Because Protestant congregations' lawyers continue to see plausible deniability as the best tactic for avoiding lawsuits. In contrast, by 1990, before the lawsuits and press reports caught on, the Catholic church eliminated 95%+ of its sexual abuse problems. See, the Catholic church makes itself responsible through its episcopalian polity. The congregational churches motivate themselves to remain ignorant.

50 posted on 01/13/2012 12:44:29 PM PST by dangus
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