Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Acting out

By Domenico Bettinelli, Jr. (articles ) | Dec 18, 2003

Quoting Cardinal Mahony from Diogenes' post below:

"Sometime in late 1986, Baker disclosed to me that he had problems in the past of acting out sexually with two minors. "
Acting out. Not sexually molesting. Not engaging in fornication or, more generically, sexual sins. Acting out. That's the language of non-judgmentalism.

One could "act out" in many ways, some sinful, some not. But sin is sin. Abuse is abuse.

Words mean things, as we've come to understand, and Cardinal Mahony reveals much about his view of serious sexual sin, about child sexual abuse, about homosexual activity, by the use of the phrase "acting out" in private correspondence.

An appeal from our founder, Dr. Jeffrey Mirus:

Dear reader: If you found the information on this page helpful in your pursuit of a better Catholic life, please support our work with a donation. Your donation will help us reach seven million Truth-seeking readers worldwide this year. Thank you!

Progress toward our July expenses ($34,990 to go):
$35,000.00 $10.00
100% 0%
Sound Off! CatholicCulture.org supporters weigh in.

All comments are moderated. To lighten our editing burden, only current donors are allowed to Sound Off. If you are a donor, log in to see the comment form; otherwise please support our work, and Sound Off!

Show 1 Comments? (Hidden)Hide Comments
  • Posted by: shrink - Dec. 19, 2003 1:40 PM ET USA

    1. One may bow simply to political correctness and not call sin sin. 2. Or there is the principle of social psychology (and common sense) that biased self-assessment distorts judgments in governing. It is prudent, though perhaps irreverent, to assume that on matters of judging sexual misbehavior, "self-justification bias" almost always weighs in. Thus: If Smith is sexually self-indulgent, then Smith will empathize with Jones who is also self-indulgent. 3. Or, there's blackmale.

Subscribe for free
Shop Amazon
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Recent Catholic Commentary

A Baptist leader with a message the Synod of Bishops should hear 9 hours ago
'Helpful' advice for social conservatives: ignore causes, deal with effects 10 hours ago
In the Aftermath of Obergefell 10 hours ago
The political outlook after Obergefell June 29
Good news/bad news on the Vatican PR overhaul June 29

Top Catholic News

Most Important Stories of the Last 30 Days
Pope approves process for holding bishops accountable in abuse cases CWN - June 10
Pope Francis’ 2nd encyclical released (includes link to full text) CWN - June 18
US Supreme Court rules all states must recognize same-sex marriage CWN - June 26
Archbishop Nienstedt, auxiliary bishop resign CWN - June 15
Cardinal Kasper: Pope never approved my proposal CWN - June 4