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Pope Francis: ‘About 2%’ of Catholic clergy paedophiles

Posted on July 13th, 2014 at 17:19 by John Sinteur in category: Pastafarian News -- Write a comment

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Pope Francis has been quoted as saying that reliable data indicates that “about 2%” of clergy in the Catholic Church are paedophiles.

The Pope said that abuse of children was like “leprosy” infecting the Church, according to the Italian La Repubblica newspaper.

He vowed to “confront it with the severity it demands”.

Yes, so you’ve been saying, but since I haven’t seen many handed over to authorities I think you underestimate the severity it demands.

  1. Some people who cover up crimes are worse than the original criminals.

  2. Does the Pope actually have the direct personal power to hand over priests to the police? Can you point to concrete evidence?

  3. According to this religion, all he needs to do is sit in a chair and what is says is by definition impossible to be wrong. At all.

    And you’re seriously asking if this guy has any direct personal power?

  4. @Desiato: Yes. They have all sworn an oath of obedience.

  5. Total number of people registered as sex-offender in the US: 747,408 – and that’s not just against minors, but:

    “What classifies someone as a sex offender varies by legal jurisdiction and culture. In the U.S. a person can convicted for prostitution, obscene content in the form of a text message, sex with a minor, child molestation, rape and various other sexual assault convictions”

    So, if you pee against a tree in the wrong state, you’re also counted. So that’s about 0.24 percent of the entire population.

    I suspect this “About 2%” is a number conveniently rounded down, but even if it isn’t, we can forget about the old notion that the number of child predators in Church is not any different from that in the general population.

  6. @John @#3: But do you think that the cardinals *actually* will do whatever the Pope says? You believe that there are no power politics in the Catholic Church, cos hey, what the Pope says is the Word of God? Really?

  7. @Desiato @#2: The Pope has the same direct personal power as anyone anywhere to report a crime.

    The bigger question is why the Church seems to claim that it has institutional immunity NOT to report crimes.

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