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By Diogenes (articles ) | Aug 30, 2010

 Today Cardinal Godfried Danneels is in the headlines, with the revelation that he urged a victim of sexual abuse to keep quiet until his molester, another Belgian bishop, was safely ushered into retirement. Speaking through a spokesman, the retired cardinal allowed:

"Looking back I have been naive by going to such a meeting unprepared."

It’s always better to be prepared, as any Boy Scout would tell you. If you’re a high-ranking prelate, getting ready to meet with a man who was sexually abused by a prelate of lesser stature, what should you be prepared to do: (check all that apply)

  • Deny everything.
  • Call a lawyer.
  • Write a large check.
  • Admit everything.
  • Call the cops.
  • Write an apology.
  • Have a goon at the door check to make sure the victim isn’t wearing a wire.
  • Tell the truth. 

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  • Posted by: Obregon - Sep. 03, 2010 11:05 PM ET USA

    Telling the truth would have spared the Cardinal and the Vatican from another embarrassment to Holy Mother Church, an embarrassment the enemies of the Church love to take advange of.

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