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about that 'pedophilia' crisis...

By Phil Lawler (bio - articles - email) | Mar 31, 2014

Yet again an accounting of sex-abuse charges against American Catholic priests shows that 80% of the reported victims were male, with the largest number of victims coming from the 10-14 age group. What do you call a man who makes adolescent boys the object of his lust?

To control the language is to control the debate, and for a decade we’ve been reading about the scandal caused by “pedophile” priests. A few genuine pedophiles have been captured and convicted, it’s true; but they represent a small minority of those involved in the scandal. Psychologists tell us that true pedophiles prey on little boys and girls indiscriminately. The 80% figure suggests strongly of discrimination. And a 10-14 boy, while still a child, is no longer a little child.

Phil Lawler has been a Catholic journalist for more than 30 years. He has edited several Catholic magazines and written eight books. Founder of Catholic World News, he is the news director and lead analyst at See full bio.

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  • Posted by: shrink - Mar. 31, 2014 2:32 PM ET USA

    The term we are looking for is spelled H O M O S E X U A L. The bishop's researchers at John Jay College could not manage to find the term in their diagnostic lexicon, and, evidently, many bishops were happy they didn't.