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12/09/2003 Archived Entry: "Sexual abuse an "occupational hazard" for priests?"

DID YOU HEAR THE ONE ABOUT THE PRIEST WHO DESCRIBED CHILD MOLESTATION AS AN OCCUPATIONAL HAZARD? Unfortunately, it's not a joke. He was defending a fellow priest who enticed a boy into his car on false premises, had sex with the kid, then defended himself in court by saying, "If you did away with celibacy, all this would go away." The guilty priest also called the boy "a lovely slice of cake" he just couldn't resist.

I'm sure there's lots to be said pro and con for celibacy. I'm sure there are folks reading this who think there's not much wrong with middle-aged men having sex with 15-year-olds of either sex. (Though I hope even those folks would be offended at the luring lie and the pressure put upon the kid.) But with attitudes like these coming from supposed spiritual shepherds, it's no wonder that at least one person has decided to take the law into his own hands.

Posted by Claire @ 02:49 PM CST

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