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Well they could be hyping it up, but selecting it as a percentage of the faithful is disingenuous you should rather be looking at a percentage of the leaders, those who are in a position of responsibility who take advantage of their followers. If you're in a position where you're supposedly holding a superior moral position, and telling other people its something they have to live up to then you have to live up to it to. the idea that you're no worse than the rest of people is something that just doesn't wash.

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by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Wed Oct 20th, 2010 at 05:16:59 PM EST
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but selecting it as a percentage of the faithful is disingenuous

It certainly would be. That's why we'll look at the figures as a ratio of the number of clergy.

http://www.lefigaro.fr/actualite-france/2010/10/20/01016-20101020ARTFIG00708-pedophilie-une-centaine -de-pretres-mis-en-cause.php

Based on this article in today's Le Figaro, in France there are 110 cases of pedophile priests which have been processed by the penal justice system, out of a total population of 19 000 priests.

by Lynch on Thu Oct 21st, 2010 at 04:32:22 PM EST
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Unfortunately a useless figure without both a reference for the rest of the population and an estimate of how much higher (or lower) the dark numbers are for clergy due to the active criminal coverup (resp. higher profile of clerical kiddie rape).

Another relevant figure for comparison is the frequency of kiddie rape by caretakers normalised to the number of employees in the relevant professions.

- Jake

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by JakeS (JangoSierra 'at' gmail 'dot' com) on Thu Oct 21st, 2010 at 08:15:30 PM EST
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Dunno. It was ThatBritGuy who made the assertation that it was SO MUCH... not me.
by Lynch on Fri Oct 22nd, 2010 at 01:53:19 PM EST
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