a message even a bishop could understand
By Diogenes (articles ) | Jan 26, 2006
Forget the Dallas Charter.
What I want to know is: Why hasn't this happened more often?
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Posted by: -
Jan. 27, 2006 12:48 PM ET USA
b.t.w. I have not been blessed with children but I do have twin nieces (15yo) who live in the same area as Carlie Brucia ( http://reports.tbo.com/reports/brucia/ ) and take the same shortcut every day. Not having kids does not make me less sympathetic - It shows me just how precious they are. Every year I give the parents of trick-or-treaters a list of convicted sex offenders within a 10 block area. ( http://www3.fdle.state.fl.us/sopu/index.asp ) Do you know the creeps in your area?
Posted by: -
Jan. 27, 2006 12:28 PM ET USA
Read the followup article. http://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/local/florida/sfl-125punchedout%2C0%2C4712072.story?track=mostemailedlink I rest my case.
Posted by: Eleazar -
Jan. 27, 2006 7:53 AM ET USA
esakin assumes facts not in evidence. There is no indication in the article that Swafford’s daughter “was already in trouble and in suspension.” The father of 4 boys, I’ve often wondered how I would react if one of my sons reported that he’d been buggered by a priest. Suffice it to say that felony battery would not be the top count on the indictment. Where can I contribute to Swafford’s legal defense?
Posted by: visions -
Jan. 26, 2006 3:14 PM ET USA
esalkin Do you have children? Every girl wants her dad to protect her.
Posted by: Gil125 -
Jan. 26, 2006 2:35 PM ET USA
esalkin is right, of course. But. Would you want to be the assistant district attorney who had to take this guy to a jury?
Posted by: -
Jan. 26, 2006 11:29 AM ET USA
Wait a minute. She was already in trouble and in suspension. How do kids get "even" with adults? They cry "WITCH!" and get their friends to back them up. Don't give me the "kids don't make this up" line - from personal experience I know that they can and do. No, I'm not saying this guy is innocent nor is he automatically guilty. He is guaranteed a presumption of innocents. At the very least the facts need to be verified. Her dad is just a violent jerk and 110% wrong. You could be next.
Posted by: parochus -
Jan. 26, 2006 10:32 AM ET USA
That's called "woodshed theology."
Posted by: patriot6908 -
Jan. 26, 2006 9:18 AM ET USA
It may have indeed when more bishops were men and not just males. We have a fine tradition in the Church of a number of our bishops given to smoting in the name of justice for the weak. It's also known as tough love...often one goes with the other.