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The Catholic church and pedophilia: life imitates satire

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Nearly two years ago the satirical online mag The Onion announced that the Pope had formally forgiven molested children for tempting priests into sin:

“We must send a clear message to these hundreds—perhaps thousands—of children whose sinful ways have tempted so many of the church’s servants into lustful violation of their holy vows of celibacy. The church forgives them for their transgressions and looks upon them not with intolerance, but compassion.”

Flash forward to this month:

There is outrage in parts of Spanish society following declarations made over Christmas from the Bishop of Tenerife, Bernardo Álvarez.

His comments were that there are youngsters who want to be abused, and he compared that abuse to homosexuality, describing them both as prejudicial to society. He said that on occasions the abuse happened because the there are children who consent to it.

“There are 13 year old adolescents who are under age and who are perfectly in agreement with, and what’s more wanting it, and if you are careless they will even provoke you”, he said.

This may be a step in the right direction: at least the good Bishop concedes that abuse is actually taking place, even if it’s the priests being abused by the kids. Not all of the faithful have been willing to make even that concession.

[H/t LGF]

WHOOPS: Reader acartia points out that the bishop did not make his comments “this month” but in 2007, a fact that went right by me, Charles Johnson of Little Green Footballs, and Freethought Blogs. That would make the Onion article far less satirical than it appeared to many of us at the time.

My apologies to readers—mea maxima culpa.

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