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To: Alex Murphy

No, there have been cases among Byzantine Catholics as well as Eastern Orthodox, both of which permit married priests. A married priesthood does not insulate a church from homosexual predators. Mainstream protestant churches have just as big a problem, even though the MSM would have us believe otherwise by their biased reporting of stats and facts. Of course, the abuse rates in any religious denomination is eclipsed by the rates among public school teachers (who last I checked were allowed to marry) but no one is talking about that.

On an interesting side note, I once had a patient who still had her original contract as a teacher from the early 1920s. It forbid teachers to date or marry. The contract changed in 1923 or so. How times have changed.


32 posted on 06/27/2013 4:21:48 PM PDT by Brian Kopp DPM
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To: Brian Kopp DPM
No, there have been cases among Byzantine Catholics as well as Eastern Orthodox, both of which permit married priests. A married priesthood does not insulate a church from homosexual predators.

Actually, I wasn't thinking of the married vs celibate priesthood issue. Rather, I had thought you were saying that sexual abuse was a Latin Rite issue. Thinking there might be something there, I thus wondered whether there was some larger cultural, historical, or theological distinctive within the Latin Rite (e.g. a preference for Italian popes) that rendered them more susceptible to abuse within their ranks.

If the numbers are the same across the Rites, then my reading of your post and ensuing assumptions were false.

34 posted on 06/27/2013 4:28:47 PM PDT by Alex Murphy
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