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Pope Francis: ´About 2%´
of Catholic clergy paedophiles

BBC News [UK], by Staff

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Posted By:MissMolly, 7/14/2014 4:43:23 AM

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". But a Vatican spokesman said the quotes in the newspaper did not correspond to Pope Francis´s exact words. The BBC´s David Willey in Rome says there is often a studied ambiguity in Pope Francis´ off-the-cuff statements. He wants to show a more compassionate attitude towards Church teaching than

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: cheese, 7/14/2014 6:17:57 AM     (No. 9923275)

I trust that the BBC News will do a story tomorrow about the percentage of school teachers who are pedophiles.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: grace1798, 7/14/2014 6:58:06 AM     (No. 9923296)

Perhaps one of you readers could help me with this. I remember articles years ago about the majority of RC priests (meaning all of them) were super Liberal and pushed out any candidates who were Conservatives. So that would explain the moral decline among the majority.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: Rusino, 7/14/2014 7:02:58 AM     (No. 9923299)

Did the Pope mention what the percentage of the 2 percent are homosexual?

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Reply 4 - Posted by: MirJoy, 7/14/2014 7:11:56 AM     (No. 9923307)

Pope Francis chooses to bring the narrative of the priest scandal back to the lie that it was about pedophilia - not true. It wasn´t about priests molesting children; it was predominately about priests molesting adolescent boys - which may offend the Pope, himself, who chose to give the benefit of a doubt to an appointment of his last summer to the Vatican Bank who was accused of being homosexual.

I miss Benedict and John Paul whose yes was yes, and no was no.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: Screwgun, 7/14/2014 7:39:29 AM     (No. 9923333)

What percentage are pederasts?

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Reply 6 - Posted by: mitzi, 7/14/2014 9:47:09 AM     (No. 9923547)

It would have been nice if the BBC included a link to the Vatican news or the Catholic News Agency.

If you want to read the other side of the story about the Vatican´s response to an article written by someone who took no notes during the interview: google Vatican dismisses Italian newspaper report on papal interview at the CNA or Pedophilia and mafia in Pope´s conversation with journalist at the Vatican News website.

When I googled - it´s amazing how many secular media sources are reporting.

Now ... about the Church´s position on abortion and same-sex marriages ...


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Reply 7 - Posted by: stablemoney, 7/14/2014 9:50:42 AM     (No. 9923556)

What percentage are communists and socialists?

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Reply 8 - Posted by: mitzi, 7/14/2014 11:12:45 AM     (No. 9923718)

Further down the BBC article:

While the incidence of paedophilia as a psychiatric disorder in the general population is not accurately known, some estimates have put it at less than five percent.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: MirJoy, 7/14/2014 11:13:15 AM     (No. 9923720)

Forgive second post, but it´s important to tell the truth that, Pope John Paul II, especially, but Pope Benedict, as well, worked tirelessly to rid the seminaries of men whose vocations weren´t true and who were accepted for the priesthood without having a legitimate vocation. All kinds of psychological testing is given to candidates now to weed out those who might have homosexual tendencies because it is said that if a man would not make a good father, then they would not make good priests, and I do not believe that there is that high a percentage of pedophiles (abusers of young children) presently in the priesthood, if there ever was. It was proven that the children who were abused were usually adolescent boys, and that is not pedophilia. I do not know the other word, but it is easy to look up the correct term. I pray that Pope Francis will not relax the tough standards that John Paul and Benedict put into place for acceptance to the priesthood. In prior years, many good heterosexual men did not stay in a seminary and become priests because they were put off by certain environments that they encountered there. Things have changed and I hope they stay that way.

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