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By Diogenes (articles ) | Jan 16, 2009

 AP tells us:

A Vatican office that evaluated U.S. Roman Catholic seminaries says the schools have made improvements in halting what they call "homosexual behavior" among students.

Pay attention to those scare quotes. We're talking about what they-- those crazy Catholics-- call "homosexual behavior." Well, what do you call it, Mr. Unbiased Reporter?

There's more:

Some Catholics blame gay clergy for the abuse scandal. Experts on sex offenders say gays are no more likely than others to molest children.

Yes, and experts on the abuse scandal-- which AP reporters could easily be, if they paid attention to their own stories-- say that about 90% of the reported sexual abuse by priests involved teenage boys. When men have sex with younger men, we call that homosexual behavior. As to what it's called in the AP style book, I haven't a clue; the subject isn't mentioned in this article.

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