We'll receive a $25,000 grant if others match it by Pentecost. $24,070 to go. Your gift will be doubled!
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Non sequitur

By Phil Lawler (bio - articles ) | May 02, 2003

Anyone looking for sequential logic in the editorials of the Boston Globe is bound to be disappointed, but the Globe's (curiously belated) editorial response to the Santorum ruckus is curious:

For one thing, Santorum blamed declining moral standards for the child abuse scandal in the Catholic Church. He said acceptance of ''deviant'' behavior in society was bound to lead to the same in the church. But sexual abuse is neither an indulgence nor accepted; it is a crime.

Excuse me? In what sense does the third sentence contradict the first and/or second?

Did Santorum say that sexual abuse is an indulgence, or that it is accepted? Or that it is not a crime? No. He said that the acceptance of some deviant behavior may result in more or greater deviant behavior. The Globe counters by opening the next sentence with the word "But"-- thus suggesting to the reader that he is about to see a rebuttal. That rebuttal never arrives.

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!

Our Spring Challenge Grant
Progress toward our Spring Challenge Grant goal ($24,070 to go):
$25,400.00 $1,330.00
95% 5%
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!

There are no comments yet for this item.

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

Recent Catholic Commentary

A silent scandal: Catholic schools promoting morally unacceptable vaccines 13 hours ago
A More Militant Church? 14 hours ago
How we'll know if the Vatican and the US hierarchy are serious about deposing negligent bishops 14 hours ago
Final take on the LCWR: A time to plant, a time to uproot 17 hours ago
With the LCWR, has the Vatican taken Gamaliel's advice? 20 hours ago

Top Catholic News

Most Important Stories of the Last 30 Days
Pope challenges world leaders' silence on persecution of Christians CWN - April 6
Pope outlines plans for the extraordinary jubilee of mercy CWN - April 13
Vatican completes doctrinal assessment of Leadership Conference of Women Religious CWN - April 16
Pope accepts resignation of Bishop Finn CWN - April 21