Some Progress Against Rapist Priests

Cardinal Justin Rigali, of the Philadelphia archdiocese, has suspended 21 priests in connection with sexual abuse and boundary issues with children.  In his Ash Wednesday service he proclaimed:

“During this Lent we are especially conscious of the grave sins of sexual abuse committed against minors, in particular by members of the clergy,” the cardinal told the worshipers.

“Whoever harms a child,” he said, “must remember the words of Jesus: ‘It would be better for him to have a great millstone hung around his neck and to be drowned in the depths of the sea.’ ”

Unless, of course, you’re reading Leviticus, in which case you should stone your children to death for back-talking you. And before you even start up about how you can’t use the Old Testament anymore, just stop. I don’t care. If the Old Testament is irrelevant in modern Christianity, why not the New Testament as well, simply because Jesus: The Sequel hasn’t showed up with his New New Testament that invalidates the plain, old New Testament. The Point, without having a very long, drawnout explanation, you don’t get to pick and choose.

And, behold this logical aneurysm-in-action by one Catholic from the New York Times piece:

Kieren Detweiler, 28, a financial analyst, initially said that she did not see the point in naming the priests, but as she spoke, she changed her mind.

“I don’t see the value, because some people may have had really good experiences with some priests who might have been named, although if they were a regular criminal, they would be named, so, they probably should do that, I guess, now that I think about it,” she said.

So, she’s clearly never thought much about this. She concludes that priests accused of child rape ought to be named. However, initially she thinks along the lines of, “well, some people might have had ‘really good experiences’ with these priests who are accused of child rape, so maybe parishioners shouldn’t be informed who these guys are”…. oh wait what I’m saying sounds monstrous because they’re criminals so maybe perhaps its OK to tell people their children are in danger every Sunday of their lives.



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