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By Diogenes (bio - articles ) | Feb 25, 2006

Fr. Tom Reese, S.J., former editor of America magazine, takes his vorpal blade in hand and sets out to slay the Bandersnatch:

Myth: Homosexuality caused the abuse crisis.
Fact: No one knows the exact percentage of priests who are homosexual.

Well, it's a "fact" that Pierre is the capital of South Dakota, yet it's equally hard to see how it falsifies the "myth" of the cause of the abuse crisis. Reese continues:

Estimates have ranged from 10 percent to 60 percent. In any case, most homosexual priests were not involved in the sexual abuse of minors.

Now that's a confidence builder! It's hardly surprising that Reese's swordplay is found in that encyclopedia of Looking Glass churchmanship, the Los Angeles Archdiocesan Tidings. The beast is living yet.

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  • Posted by: - Feb. 26, 2006 6:17 PM ET USA

    80% of the abuse victims were not boys in the biological sense. We in the modern world don't know what men and boys are. Once a boy reaches physical maturity, nothing else in nature considers it a child except for humans for the past 100-150 years. That does not change nature. If a priest has relations with a 15 year old male who has gone through puberty, the priest is not a pedophile because he is attracted to men. The press has given gay priests a pass on this. We have a gay priest problem.

  • Posted by: Pseudodionysius - Feb. 26, 2006 8:33 AM ET USA

    An interesting take on Act and Potency

  • Posted by: - Feb. 26, 2006 6:44 AM ET USA

    Something like 80% or higher of reported abuse victims were boys. The common theme is homosexuality. If homosexuality didn't "cause" the abuse crisis (what a howler -- the cause of sexual abuse is deviancy and evil), homosexuals played a grand role in the abuse. Reese knows this, obviously, and he must view his readership as the densest of humans. Given that most of his readership has to be his fellow clergy, all of whom will grasp at the justifications he makes, he may be right -- all fools

  • Posted by: - Feb. 25, 2006 6:40 PM ET USA

    "War is peace, freedom is slavery" says Orwell's Newspeak in 1984. Male on post pubescent male is not homosexuality, it's heterosexuality says the former Jesuit editor. The sky is green and brown with dirt and grass. Words have no meaning. Welcome to the land of Oceana, and Big Brother's agents are seminary trained masters at doublethink. Say it enough and the embeciles will believe it. That's exactly the plan. Gay is good: gaygood. Now I get it. Thanks Father Tom. Gee golly thanks.

  • Posted by: Andy K - Feb. 25, 2006 4:23 PM ET USA

    While Fr. Reese may be correct in "most homosexual priests were not involved in the sexual abuse of minors," he cannot deny that in "most cases of sexual abuse of minors involved homosexual priests." How sad.

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