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The Book of Gomorrah, nn. 6-10

By Jeff (articles ) | Apr 11, 2003

St. Peter Damien's view of clerical scandal is a bit different from that of the expert Diogenes quoted earlier today:

O unheard of crime! O outrage to be mourned with a whole fountain of tears!.. What torment could be thought fitting for those who commit these great evils with their spiritual children--evils to be punished with damnation? What fruitfulness can still be found in the flocks when the shepherd is so sunk in the belly of the devil? Who would still remain under the rule of one who he knew was separated from God as an enemy?

It seems to me to be more tolerable to fall into shameful lust with an animal than with a male. That is, one who perishes alone is judged much more lightly than one who draws another along with himself to disastrous ruin... We conclude that just as the sacrilegious violater of a virgin is deposed by law, so the prostitutor of a spiritual son must be barred from his ecclesiastical office by every means possible.

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