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Who's to blame when priests have sex with young parishoners? Could it be...the priests?! Not according to Cardinal Meridiaga, the archbishop of Tegucigalpa, Honduras, "one of a few likely" candidates to succeed Pope John Paul II. Meriaga blames "the Jewish media," writes Alan Dershowitz in an LA Times op-ed piece.

This was an unusually speedy bit of finger-pointing for the church, which, of course, kept its fingers in its pockets for decades instead of pointing them at the rest of the pedophile priests. Is the Pope denouncing Meridiaga's hate-inspired words? Naw, he's too busy wagging a finger in opposition to gay people who want the right to formally declare their love for each other.

Posted by aalkon at August 28, 2003 8:15 PM

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Oy! Those Jewish people! They'll get you every time. It's no more ridiculous than blaming the kids. In fact, it's more ridiculous since the Jews weren't even involved, unless someone mentioned something about how Jewish Rabbi's are actually able to engage in SEX, thereby relieving some of those "carnal" feelings that cause mental perversion. I mean, the priests are there, unable to have sex with anything but their hands, and there are all these vulnerable kids hanging around. Perhaps the Catholic church is CREATING pedophiles?

Just my conjecture. Please feel free to dispute me.

Posted by: Clarkified at August 28, 2003 7:38 AM

It's hard to say whether the Catholic church actually causes pedophilia, because the priesthood probably attracts an inordinate amount of men who are, because of their sexual problems, predisposed to pedophilia.

Posted by: Lena Cuisina at August 28, 2003 8:33 AM

The gays' fault that Catholic priests molest children. Now its the Jews' fault. Shift the blame to everyone but to where it belongs... the Catholic Church. If they would realize that they need to do away with that stupid vow of celibacy... Where do they get this garbage about clergy being celibate, anyway? Not from the Bible, I can assure you...

1 Timothy, chapter 3

"1": This is a true saying, If a man desire the office of a bishop, he desireth a good work.

"2": A bishop then must be blameless, the ****husband of one wife,**** vigilant, sober, of good behaviour, given to hospitality, apt to teach;

Clearly, celibacy was not something that The Apostle Paul was endorsing for the clergy, so why does the Catholic Church?

Posted by: Patrick at August 28, 2003 8:56 AM

Well, according to the biblical folk lore that I've heard all my life, Peter was the first priest, and his *Mother-in-law* was sick and recieved a miracle of healing. I truly think that it's wrong to force priests into celibacy if they don't want it. The Apostle Paul said that it's better to marry than burn, and though HE himself went celibate after his conversion to Christianity and touted it, even he couldn't say that it was wrong to get married.

And I think that Lena is right. There's probably a big draw to the priesthood for people who already have those thoughts. Perhaps they think that by abstaining from sex, they'll be "cured" of their problem only to find out that it's a catalyst for their problem.

On a side note, I've read somewhere that I can't remember that while some sexual predators may be able to successfully reform and re-enter society, it has never been successfully done for a pedophile. Has anyone else heard or read this? I'll probably look for a link later on in the afternoon...

Posted by: Clarkified at August 28, 2003 9:34 AM

Patrick, the church started the celibacy and no-marriage rule sometime in the late Roman Empire or the early Dark Ages in response to a growing financial problem. Married priests had children and would sometimes let them inherit church property thus taking it away from the church. This also caused problems in seeking donations and tithes if the parishoners saw the goods they gave going out the back door with the Padre's kids. To prevent this sort of corruption and conflict of interest situation they instituted the celibacy rule.
Not that it always worked, and over time it gave rise to a host of other problems, but at the beginning it was meant to be a solution.

Posted by: charlie32 at August 28, 2003 2:56 PM

Sexually frustrated priests in exchange for some real estate? Dr. Frankenstein, meet your monster. Thanks for the information, Charlie. I had known that there wasn't ALWAYS a celibacy rule in the Church. In fact, some earlier Popes besides St. Peter were married. I didn't know when it was started. Thanks for the input.

Posted by: Patrick at August 28, 2003 6:16 PM

Religion is business, first and foremost. Being rational is free.

Posted by: (Amy Alkon) at August 29, 2003 12:24 AM

Easier to blame others than to take responsibility.

But I have to take issue with anyone who thinks pedophilia has to do with sex, it doesn't, it has to do with power. Pedophilia also has no religion. Every culture and religion has a similar problem, the Jewish community as well.
see:
http://theawarenesscenter.org/clergyabuse

Posted by: me at November 9, 2003 6:41 AM