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To: St. Johann Tetzel

"It is my contention that homosexual priests preying on young, trusting, never-tell-a-soul adolescents have been a problem throughout the Church's existence.
But other than your fevered imagination, on what concrete facts do you base this baseless contention?"

Unfortunately there is good evidence that pederasty has been a long-standing problem. If it wasn't, why would the Fathers of the Council of Elvira (300 A.D.) have felt the need to address it?:

"Canon 71: To defilers of boys communion is not to be given even at death."

Their solution wasn't to weaken the discipline of celibacy, however. On the contrary they strengthened it.


49 posted on 03/09/2005 3:52:43 AM PST by Tantumergo
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To: Tantumergo
If it wasn't, why would the Fathers of the Council of Elvira (300 A.D.) have felt the need to address it?:

"Canon 71: To defilers of boys communion is not to be given even at death."

Don't forget that this was a period of massive numbers of conversions from the decadent Roman pagan culture, in which homosexuality and pederasty was rampant.

This issue did not originate within the clergy at that time, it was infiltrating from the Romans. But it certainly was NOT "systemic."

Their solution wasn't to weaken the discipline of celibacy, however. On the contrary they strengthened it.

Obviously they had a far different agenda than our amchurch deacon.

89 posted on 03/10/2005 11:19:17 AM PST by St. Johann Tetzel (Rule One! No Poofters!)
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