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It's not the crime so much as the coverup that's damning.

Of course a Catholic priest is going to occasionally rape a child. Just as a scoutmaster is occasionally going to rape a child. It's horrible when it happens, but it's really hard to imagine a foolproof way to prevent it from happening.

The problem with the Catholic Church is that it treated it as a PR problem rather than a criminal offence, and that it did not fully disclose its suspicions to the legitimate, secular authority. In most jurisdictions, withholding knowledge of kiddie rape is a criminal offence in and of itself, which at least the current pope and a number of current cardinals are guilty of beyond a shadow of doubt.

Likewise, the problem is not that there is an occasional insane fundagelical who practises hate speech against homosexuals. It is, after all, not easy to tell whether he was always an insane homophobe who just sought out the Church in order to get a platform for his derangement, or the Church influenced him to become deranged. The problem is that the Papacy supports it with the full force of a transnational corporation with a multi-billion € yearly turnover.

- Jake

Friends come and go. Enemies accumulate.

by JakeS (JangoSierra 'at' gmail 'dot' com) on Wed Oct 20th, 2010 at 09:17:13 PM EST
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The problem with the Catholic Church is that it treated it as a PR problem rather than a criminal offence

I certainly agree. But it looks like that's changing (at least in France).

by Lynch on Thu Oct 21st, 2010 at 04:33:50 PM EST
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Can't change the fact that the pope and several cardinals should be in front of a judge right now. One difference between a cleanup and a coverup is that in a cleanup, you're prepared to go wherever the evidence leads, whereas in a coverup, you leave some unimportant underling holding the bag.

- Jake

Friends come and go. Enemies accumulate.

by JakeS (JangoSierra 'at' gmail 'dot' com) on Thu Oct 21st, 2010 at 08:15:10 PM EST
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