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Police: Woodburn priest chased boy down street after abuse [And it continues]
Oregonlive ^ | 8/16/2012 | Maxine Bernstein

Posted on 08/16/2012 7:46:17 PM PDT by RnMomof7

Benjamin Brink/The Oregonian St. Luke Catholic Church in Woodburn, where the Rev. Angel Armando Perez is the parish priest. It was close to midnight Sunday when Woodburn resident James Curths saw the 12-year-old boy running down the street toward him. Curths said the child, panting and out of breath, begged for help, telling him a man was chasing him.

Moments later, a man rounded the corner wearing only underwear. He stood a short distance away, trying to wave the boy over as Curths and his sister-in-law prepared to drive the boy to relatives.

"He was staring at us," said Heather Rodriguez, 28, Curths' sister-in-law, who was also outside. "Then he stood there with his hands on his hips like, 'You're really not going to give him to me?'"

Rodriguez and Curths, 35, told the man they were calling the police. Only then, they said, did the man jog away.

The man who chased after the boy that night, Woodburn police say, was the Rev. Angel Armando Perez, the parish priest at St. Luke Catholic Church in Woodburn. Early Monday, the boy gave police a detailed account of the alleged sex abuse he said occurred at Perez's home, leading to Perez's arrest later Monday.

Court records released Tuesday detail the alleged abuse and the pastor's actions after the incident.

"Father Angel touched me"

Perez was arraigned in Marion County Circuit Court on Tuesday, appearing via video from Marion County Jail, wearing a black V-neck top with his hands secured in front of his waist. He faced allegations of first-degree sexual abuse, abuse of a child in the display of sexually explicit conduct, furnishing alcohol to a minor and driving under the influence of intoxicants.

The Salem boy told authorities that Perez had asked his parents a few days earlier if he could take him on a trip to the mountains. He and his family attended a community church event Sunday night, and the 12-year-old went with Perez that night to the pastor's house, a grayish-green home less than 200 paces from the church's front door.

The boy told police Perez gave him a beer and they watched a movie. The boy told investigators that an air mattress was set up on the living room floor for him to sleep on. He said he fell asleep on the mattress, the affidavit said.

Later, the boy said, he was "woken up by a couple of flashes."

He said that when he opened his eyes, he saw Perez next to the air mattress, with one hand on the boy's genitals and one hand holding a cellphone. The boy discovered his underwear and shorts lowered to his knees, while Perez was dressed in underwear and a T-shirt, the boy told police.

The boy said he went to pack up his things when Perez went upstairs. "Father Angel called to him saying, 'Come back to bed,'" the police affidavit says.

Instead, the boy said goodbye and ran off.

Curths, who was hosting a barbecue when the boy showed up outside his house, said he looked distraught. "He just seemed really terrified, and he was almost in tears," Curths said.

When the pastor caught up to the boy outside Curths' house, wearing what Curths and his sister-in-law said looked like a burgundy Speedo swimsuit, the boy hid behind Curths.

"He was scared to death," Curths said. "It was like someone running from a ghost."

Curths said the boy told him that the man had "touched his privates."

James Curths, 35, said the boy looked "like someone running from a ghost." Curths drove the boy to his sister's house, where the boy told his sister what had happened, the affidavit said.

According to the affidavit, the boy told her, "Father Angel touched me in my privates."

He was shaking and appeared scared, the sister told authorities. The boy's sister alerted her mother, and his father drove to pick up the boy.

"I made a mistake"

Meanwhile, according to the affidavit, Perez had driven to the boy's home in Salem to talk to the boy's mother and brother about 2 a.m. Monday.

Perez had a strong odor of alcohol and appeared intoxicated, the brother of the alleged victim told police.

The brother told police that Perez's first statement was, "I am very sorry; I made a mistake."

Perez continued to ask forgiveness, and added, "I didn't mean to hurt" the child, the boy's brother told police.

"I am just one who serves in the church, and I have sinned; don't stop believing in the church," Perez reportedly told the victim's brother, according to the affidavit.

The Oregonian’s continuing coverage of the Rev. Angel Armando Perez, 46, the parish priest at St. Luke Catholic Church in Woodburn, who faces accusations of sex abuse involving a minor.

Perez also offered to let the boy's mother and brother check his phone, saying, "You won't find anything," the affidavit said. The relatives asked Perez to leave the house.

"This is the last time you will see me," Perez said before leaving, the brother told police.

On Monday, Woodburn detectives interviewed Perez at the Woodburn Police Department.

Perez told them he drank too much at the community event. He said he and the boy were given a ride back to his Woodburn home. There, Perez said, he drank another beer, and they watched a movie, the affidavit said.

He told police "at some point he blacked out and doesn't remember what happened," the affidavit said.

Perez told Woodburn Detective Sgt. Nick Wilson that he remembered going upstairs and brushing his teeth, and when he came downstairs, he recalled a look of "disappointment and anger" on the boy's face, the affidavit said.

Perez, the affidavit said, admitted he drove intoxicated to the boy's home to apologize and find out what happened. He said he dropped to his knees and begged for forgiveness.


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Ohhh and a local case http://www.wgrz.com/news/article/178070/37/Victim-Settles-with-Buffalo-Diocese-Over-Alleged-Priest-Sex-Assault
1 posted on 08/16/2012 7:46:34 PM PDT by RnMomof7
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To: RnMomof7

Oh for a person at hand with concealed carry permit when this perv showed up.


2 posted on 08/16/2012 7:54:27 PM PDT by lastchance ("Nisi credideritis, non intelligetis" St. Augustine)
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To: RnMomof7

The police better get this guy fast before the Church puts him in the Priest Protection Program.


3 posted on 08/16/2012 7:56:21 PM PDT by O6ret
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To: RnMomof7

Words cannot possibly describe what reading this does to me.....

A child comes running up to me, terrified....begging for help....and an adult male rounds the corner in his underwear......I swear to God Above that I don’t put the kid in the car and threaten to call the police.

I’d tackle the sick sumbitch and rip him apart.....THEN call the cops to come pick up the pieces. I’d face the charges with a clean conscience.


4 posted on 08/16/2012 8:03:50 PM PDT by RightOnline (I am Andrew Breitbart!)
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To: RnMomof7
"Perez told them he drank too much at the community event. He said he and the boy were given a ride back to his Woodburn home. There, Perez said, he drank another beer, and they watched a movie, the affidavit said. He told police "at some point he blacked out and doesn't remember what happened," the affidavit said. "

Very sad...

5 posted on 08/16/2012 8:10:41 PM PDT by spunkets
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To: wagglebee; little jeremiah

rope and millstone ping.


7 posted on 08/16/2012 8:19:36 PM PDT by MrEdd (Heck? Geewhiz Cripes, thats the place where people who don't believe in Gosh think they aint going.)
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To: spunkets

Sad? Really? It’s freakin illegal, and this perv should be tried and if convicted tossed into the general population at the largest, worst, penetentery they can find.

And then this kids parents should be flogged for leaving a twelve year old boy with a grown man.

And then the kid should get every nickel that church has, and ever will have.


8 posted on 08/16/2012 8:22:13 PM PDT by Vermont Lt (I am NOT from Vermont. I am from MA. And I don't support Romney. Please read before "assuming.")
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To: spunkets
""Father Angel touched me in my privates."

Must not have been given enough sacramental grace.

9 posted on 08/16/2012 8:24:59 PM PDT by spunkets
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To: Vermont Lt
"Sad? Really? It’s freakin illegal, "

His alibi's illegal? I think it's just a very sad one.

10 posted on 08/16/2012 8:31:06 PM PDT by spunkets
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To: O6ret

I don’t know when he was ordained but I doubt he would make it through any seminary screening process with the rules now in place.

This involves a Catholic priest but the real story is that it is wrong to assume it is safe for homosexuals to be alone around teenage and preteen boys. This is why the BSA are so right to stick to their guns.


11 posted on 08/16/2012 8:38:22 PM PDT by lastchance ("Nisi credideritis, non intelligetis" St. Augustine)
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To: RnMomof7
And what about all the sex abuse that goes on in Protestant churches? Far higher that in Catholic Churches.>{? What about the sexual abuse that occurs in public schools? Do you post any of them? Or do you just pick out the Catholic bashing ones.

This community is in my county. The details still aren't all out.

12 posted on 08/16/2012 8:39:46 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: All
In 2010,
seven credible cases of abuse were reported in a church that numbers over 65 million adherents.

13 posted on 08/16/2012 8:41:33 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: O6ret

Oops for some reason part of my reply got left out. The real story is about homosexuals not just priests who are homosexuals. This is not priestly behavior it is “gay” behavior.


14 posted on 08/16/2012 8:42:34 PM PDT by lastchance ("Nisi credideritis, non intelligetis" St. Augustine)
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To: All

Sexual Abuse of Children by Protestant Ministers

Report: Protestant Church Insurers Handle 260 Sex Abuse Cases a Year

Abuse by Protestant Ministers of Every Denomination

Child Sexual Molestation by Various Protestant Clergy

Baptist Predators website

"Yeshiva" of Brooklyn also Guilty of Child Abuse

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Sex Abuse by Teachers Said Worse Than Catholic Church

WHEN BOYS ARE MOLESTED BY TEACHERS AND OTHERS IN POSITIONS OF AUTHORITY

 

Forgotten Study: Abuse in School 100 Times Worse than by Priests

 


15 posted on 08/16/2012 8:43:22 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: RnMomof7

Priest asks to take your 12 year old son on a trip to the mountains, just the two of them. Yep- nothing to worry about there (eyeroll).


16 posted on 08/16/2012 8:51:26 PM PDT by richmwill
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To: RnMomof7

A Priest, an alcoholic and a pedophile walk into a bar. And that was just the first guy!


19 posted on 08/16/2012 8:53:19 PM PDT by RaisingCain
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To: All
This thread is posted in the Religion Forum. Here, any post containing potty language - or a reference to potty language - is pulled.

If your post disappeared and you'd like to see it again to remove the reference, let me know by Freepmail.

20 posted on 08/16/2012 8:56:33 PM PDT by Religion Moderator
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To: Salvation

Are you using this news worthy story to tell the world that all of Christianity is perverted and twisted?

If you are a Christian, then why not just let the newsworthy story stand on it’s own, it is a strange and sad case.

You don’t need to turn this into a collection of all of the crimes of Christianity, with links and neon lettering.


21 posted on 08/16/2012 8:58:39 PM PDT by ansel12 (Massachusetts Governors, where the GOP goes for it's "conservative" Presidential candidates.)
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To: Salvation
This community is in my county. The details still aren't all out.

What is your gut feeling, do you think it might turn out to be totally innocent, and a mistake of some sort?

22 posted on 08/16/2012 9:08:04 PM PDT by ansel12 (Massachusetts Governors, where the GOP goes for it's "conservative" Presidential candidates.)
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To: Salvation

Are you REALLY making excuses for this priest? Are you REALLY try to spread the blame around for his sin and sinfulness? If you are, I think you’d lost a lot of us.


23 posted on 08/16/2012 9:25:21 PM PDT by righttackle44 (I may not be much, but I raised a United States Marine.)
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To: righttackle44

**Are you REALLY making excuses for this priest? Are you REALLY try to spread the blame around for his sin and sinfulness? If you are, I think you’d lost a lot of us.**

Not trying to make excuses. Just pointing out that the truth of the matter is that there is a lot more sexual abuse in schools and orther denominations.

Is posting only part of the truth OK with you? Just post about the Catholic priests/ What about all the other nonsense that goes on?


24 posted on 08/16/2012 9:30:04 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: Salvation
there is a lot more sexual abuse in schools and orther denominations.

Which denomination, you haven't named one have you?

25 posted on 08/16/2012 9:32:47 PM PDT by ansel12 (Massachusetts Governors, where the GOP goes for it's "conservative" Presidential candidates.)
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How sad, that this church... has NOT DONE ENOUGH to stop this filth... This should not be happening by now.... obviously this priest is a degenerated/Criminal who probably has done this more than ONCE, and I will bet you... that some one IN THE CHURCH knew what was going on... and as usual, looked the other way. That seems to me the modus operandi of the church in these matters, except of course when they are in full PR mode... because they HAVE TO PRETEND they care and do the right thing... but I do not believe them, it is all for show.

I know some people will not like my comments and will jump to defendthe church (how unfair of me /s)... but I know, deep in my heart, there is a lot of CORRUPTION still in that church, still hidden under the surface.

Their SILENCE in certain "cultural" issues... tells clearly where they really belong.

26 posted on 08/16/2012 9:34:25 PM PDT by ElPatriota (The SILENCE of the Catholic Church in protecting our culture from perversion is ** DEAFENING **)
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To: Salvation
Is posting only part of the truth OK with you? Just post about the Catholic priests/ What about all the other nonsense that goes on?

Besides the immense amount of abuse that has happened in the Catholic Church, the Church has a sordid history of covering up and protecting priests so that they can continue to abuse for decades. So there's that.

There's also the fact that the Catholic Church holds itself up as a paragon of morality and truth, and expends great effort in having answers for everything that do not admit alternate interpretations. For such an institution to be guilty of sexually victimizing literally thousands of children, allows the Church to receive back from millions of people a focus for the rage the Church has created in them by inflicting its arrogance upon them.

You see, millions of people feel that if the Church actually deserved its claims of holiness, such abuse would simply never happen within its ranks, and if it did, it would be treated with the utmost honesty and protection for the victims. Instead, the Church wants it both ways - to be the mandated for all spiritual practices and decisions for the entirety of the human race, and be allowed to escape with a shrug about being just as human as anyone else when it is found to have committed, and protected, crimes of atrocity.

The great unwashed see that as profound hypocrisy.

That the Church then responds by spinning and minimizing its abuse statistics and denying all arrogance in the face of this uproar doesn't exactly help things get any better.

27 posted on 08/16/2012 9:44:03 PM PDT by Talisker (One who commands, must obey.)
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To: ansel12
Check it out yourself.



28 posted on 08/16/2012 9:44:41 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: Vermont Lt
And then the kid should get every nickel that church has, and ever will have.

Really? The church -- and by that I mean the parish -- didn't ordain the priest and didn't select him to serve there; the bishop does that. Destroying the parish because they were unlucky enough to be saddled with a pervert pastor is a bit like shooting a sick person to kill the germs.

Do you favor shutting down and selling off public schools when a senior faculty member is discovered molesting students, or do you think we should remove (and prosecute, if possible) the guilty person and try to hire someone decent?

The people of this parish didn't molest anyone. They deserve our prayers, not our vows of revenge, financial or otherwise. Save that for the perp.

29 posted on 08/16/2012 9:50:25 PM PDT by Campion ("Social justice" begins in the womb)
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To: Salvation

Why is this even in the Religion forum?


30 posted on 08/16/2012 9:56:23 PM PDT by kanawa
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To: Salvation
You don't need to put everything in neon lights.

What I asked was, which denomination? This thread is about the Catholic denomination, which ones do you want us to look at in regards to this article.

Which denomination has “a lot more sexual abuse”. is it the Methodists, The Apostolic Faith Mission, the Spiritual Israel Church and Its Army, the Presbyterians, or what?

31 posted on 08/16/2012 10:00:37 PM PDT by ansel12 (Massachusetts Governors, where the GOP goes for it's "conservative" Presidential candidates.)
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To: kanawa
"Why is this even in the Religion forum?"

So the effect of sacramental grace obtained from ordination into the "one true" church can be examined.

32 posted on 08/16/2012 10:09:51 PM PDT by spunkets
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To: RnMomof7

The Church seems to have alot of these types of “problems”.


33 posted on 08/16/2012 10:10:45 PM PDT by Dallas59 (President Robert Gibbs 2009-2011)
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To: Talisker
You want to talk "hypocrisy"? Let's talk about a culture that murders a million and a half kids every year and calls it a "constitutional right". That's child abuse on an unimaginable scale.

Such a society has no moral standing to point any fingers at anyone else and then complain about hypocrisy. God will judge us more severely than the Nazis if we don't repent.

34 posted on 08/16/2012 10:10:57 PM PDT by Campion ("Social justice" begins in the womb)
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To: Talisker

Do you have the same feelings about the immense amount of abuse that occurs in public education and the indifference of property tax payers who blindly support same?


36 posted on 08/16/2012 10:22:44 PM PDT by A.A. Cunningham (Barry Soetoro is a Kenyan communist)
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"So the effect of sacramental grace obtained from ordination into the "one true" church can be examined."

Well, it's taken 2,000 years but it looks like have finally found someone without sin who is qualified to cast the first stone. Be careful you don't out your eye out throwing at the whole Church.

Peace be with you

37 posted on 08/16/2012 10:23:21 PM PDT by Natural Law (Jesus did not leave us a Bible, He left us a Church.)
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To: Dallas59

That’s a conclusion reached by the obtuse.


38 posted on 08/16/2012 10:24:32 PM PDT by A.A. Cunningham (Barry Soetoro is a Kenyan communist)
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To: RnMomof7
"Ohhh and a local case...."

Show me where in Scripture it says schadenfreude is a Fruit of the Holy Spirit.

Peace be with you

39 posted on 08/16/2012 10:28:19 PM PDT by Natural Law (Jesus did not leave us a Bible, He left us a Church.)
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Re: "So the effect of sacramental grace obtained from ordination into the "one true" church can be examined."

"Well, it's taken 2,000 years but it looks like have finally found someone without sin who is qualified to cast the first stone."

I'll keep my stones. Care to comment on why the special sacremental grace had no effect?

40 posted on 08/16/2012 10:36:46 PM PDT by spunkets
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To: Natural Law
Re: "So the effect of sacramental grace obtained from ordination into the "one true" church can be examined."

"Well, it's taken 2,000 years but it looks like have finally found someone without sin who is qualified to cast the first stone."

I'll keep my stones. Care to comment on why the special sacramental grace had no effect?

41 posted on 08/16/2012 10:38:14 PM PDT by spunkets
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"Care to comment on why the special sacramental grace had no effect?"

More proof that OSAS is hogwash and that Grace requires cooperation.

Since you deny that even the Blessed Virgin was preserved free from would you care to explain why you expect that a mere parish priest would be?

Peace be with you

42 posted on 08/16/2012 10:45:48 PM PDT by Natural Law (Jesus did not leave us a Bible, He left us a Church.)
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To: A.A. Cunningham

You ignored the question.

Which denomination has “a lot more sexual abuse”?

If that was a fake Priest, then that should be reported to the media. There is no reason that one denomination, (Catholics), should be smeared because of Priests faking that they are serving under the Catholic Pope.


43 posted on 08/16/2012 10:48:53 PM PDT by ansel12 (Massachusetts Governors, where the GOP goes for it's "conservative" Presidential candidates.)
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To: Natural Law
"Grace requires cooperation."

Other folks can and do refrain from such behavior w/o any sacramental grace whatsoever. They do so by virtue of their own free will.

"Since you deny that even the Blessed Virgin was preserved free from would you care to explain why you expect that a mere parish priest would be?"

Preserved free from what?

44 posted on 08/16/2012 10:55:12 PM PDT by spunkets
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To: RnMomof7

As Dirty Harry might say:

Harry Callahan: Well, when an adult male is chasing a boy with intent to commit rape, I shoot the bastard. That’s my policy.
The Mayor: Intent? How did you establish that?
Harry Callahan: When a naked man is chasing a boy through a neighborhood with a speedo and a hard-on, I figure he isn’t out collecting for the Red Cross!
[walks out of the room]
The Mayor: He’s got a point.


45 posted on 08/16/2012 11:18:15 PM PDT by pangaea6
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To: A.A. Cunningham
"This thread is about the allegations against one individual, who apparently is masquerading as a Catholic Priest, not the Catholic Church..."

He's not masquerading as the parish priest, he is the parish priest. Here's the Church...

Caption: "St. Luke Catholic Church in Woodburn, where the Rev. Angel Armando Perez is the parish priest."

Note the school in the background. That's probably the rectory to the right, where the priest/perp lives.

46 posted on 08/16/2012 11:22:07 PM PDT by spunkets
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To: Salvation; O6ret; MrEdd; wagglebee; little jeremiah; spunkets; lastchance
In 2010, seven credible cases of abuse were reported in a church that numbers over 65 million adherents.
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I see that in 2010 seven cases of credible predatory sexual battery by catholic priests is an acceptable amount for you.....easily dismissed with a wave of your hand......for the better good and all of that, right?
Of course, it's much much worse if it's seven cases out of the couple million Lutherans or Baptists......right?
Saying there were only seven cases in 2010 so "nothing to see here, move along" is like saying there's only a handful of domestic battery cases in a small town. The reality is that there are many many more, they just never get reported.
The corruption runs far and deep in the catholic system just like it does in our government.
Be dismissive all you want of the seriousness of such things because I took my blinders off a long time ago. I understand that 1 in 65 million would be too many. But I'm crazy like that.
47 posted on 08/16/2012 11:59:55 PM PDT by brent13a
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That’s a conclusion reached by the obtuse.

1 case per year is enough to make the whole system guilty. That is, unless Jesus allowed one of the 12 disciples to frolic naked with little boys just because "there's always going to be one".......except he didn't allow that.
If there is 1 case, just 1 then the whole system has failed. There wasn't 1 case in the Original Jerusalem Church headed by the disciples so why should the modern Church get a pass for 1 or 2 cases?
Whether you want to admit it or not, it is the Church's problem and until there is no abuse it will continue being the whole church's problem. Or you can just wave your hand, give a hearty "Pshaw!' and accept that there's always going to be one or two to get through the cracks.....and hey, that's an acceptable risk.
48 posted on 08/17/2012 12:07:28 AM PDT by brent13a
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To: RnMomof7
1) This gives a whole new meaning to the phrase "touched by an Angel"

2) Somehow, I don't think that this is quite what Christ had in mind when he said, "Let the little children come unto me."

NO Cheers, unfortunately.

49 posted on 08/17/2012 12:54:01 AM PDT by grey_whiskers (The opinions are solely those of the author and are subject to change without notice.)
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To: brent13a

I don’t get the “1” thing.

There can be corrupt institutions, but 1 doesn’t mean squat.

There may be a problem in the Catholic church, or not, but “1”, or five, or 20 humans that are criminals or deviants in an organization of many thousands, is unavoidable.


50 posted on 08/17/2012 2:07:23 AM PDT by ansel12 (Massachusetts Governors, where the GOP goes for it's "conservative" Presidential candidates.)
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