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Guess who’s super upset about this cartoon?
Guess who’s super upset about this cartoon?
“People have this picture in their minds of a person planning to [commit child molestation] — a psychopath. But that’s not the case. Suppose you have a man having a nervous breakdown, and a youngster comes after him. A lot of the cases, the youngster — 14, 16, 18 — is the seducer.
“Well, it’s not so hard to see — a kid looking for a father and didn’t have his own — and they won’t be planning to get into heavy-duty sex, but almost romantic, embracing, kissing, perhaps sleeping but not having intercourse or anything like that.
“If you go back 10 or 15 years ago with different sexual difficulties — except for rape or violence — it was very rarely brought as a civil crime. Nobody thought of it that way….And I’m inclined to think, on their first offense, they should not go to jail because their intention was not committing a crime.”
-Father Benedict Groeschel-
A member of the Archdiocese of New York, speaking to the National Catholic Register.
UPDATE: The National Catholic Register has now deleted the link to the article. But it’s too late.
A jury in Philadelphia has heard the most repulsive testimony yet at an unprecedented trial of a Catholic priest for shielding pedophile collegues. (Via Yahoo News):
In the day’s most startling testimony, a detective read internal church memos about a priest who allegedly “joked about how hard it was to have sex with three boys in one week.” His accuser also stated that the priest had a “rotation process” of boys spending time sleeping with him. Defense lawyers argue that Lynn tried to address the problem as secretary for clergy from 1992 to 2004, but was blocked by the late Cardinal Anthony Bevilacqua and others in the Philadelphia archdiocese. The testimony Monday also included a 1992 complaint about a different priest who allegedly molested boys at a church-owned camp three decades earlier. Several junior counselors complained in the early 1960s that the priest was on the prowl at night, molesting them in their tents. They said it was a well-known secret among teen counselors for several years.
According to Joe Jervis, last week Father Edward Avery, Lynn’s co-defendant, abruptly changed his plea to guilty just as the trial was to begin. During his allocution, Avery confessed to molesting parish boys and admitted that his diocese knew about his assaults yet did nothing.
Dan Savage reports:
What’s the difference between the Catholic hierarchy and those “global pedophile rings” that occasionally get busted? The best I can come up with is ordination, massive real estate holdings, and tax-exempt status. Reuters:
- A Belgian Catholic bishop who resigned in disgrace after admitting to sexually abusing his nephew has left the country for “spiritual and psychological treatment” abroad, a Vatican ambassador said on Saturday. Former Bruges Bishop Roger Vangheluwe, 74, went into hiding after shocking the Belgian Church with his public confession in April 2010. He first stayed at a Belgian monastery but later left it, and his exact whereabouts were not made public. Archbishop Giacinto Berloco, the papal nuncio or ambassador to Belgium, said in a statement the Vatican’s doctrinal department had investigated his case and decided he needed to go abroad for treatment. He did not say where the bishop went….
- Berloco spoke out after the Belgian daily Het Laatste Nieuws reported Vangheluwe had taken refuge in the Vatican embassy, a step that would shield him from Belgian justice authorities… “[Vangheluwe’s] departure recalled the 2002 case of Boston Cardinal Francis Law, who quietly slipped out of the United States amid allegations he had actively covered up cases of child molestation by priests in his archdiocese.
You have to wonder what the reaction is at the Vatican when a massive pedophile ring—some other massive pedophile ring—gets busted. (“Asked to comment on the arrests during a press availability today at the Castel Gandolfo, the pope’s summer residence, Benedict XVI shrugged and said, ‘Amateurs.’ The Pontiff drove the point home by repeating his one-word statement in Latin, French, Italian, and his native German.”)
It’s so frustrating that the only “punishment” this sons of bitches get is to go on to retirement to a “life sentence of pray and penitence”. And people still want to Canonize John Paul II. What the fuck is wrong with people?