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Former consultant to US bishops keynotes conference pushing for acceptance of pedophilia

Catholic World News - August 18, 2011

A former consultant to the US bishops was the keynote speaker at a conference organized by a group that is lobbying for decriminalization of pedophilia.

Dr. Fred Berlin of Johns Hopkins University spoke to a meeting organized by a group called B4U-ACT. The conference was designed to explore ways in which "minor-attracted persons" could lobby for broader acceptance of their activities.

B4U-ACT is pressing for the American Psychiatric Association (APA) to drop pedophilia from its list of recognized disorders--just as the APA dropped homosexuality from the list of mental disorders a generation ago.

Fred Berlin was for years a consultant to the US bishops in their attempts to develop policies for handling complaints of sexual abuse by Catholic priests. Archbishop Rembert Weakland has testified that in 1985, Berlin strongly argued against removing abusive priests from public ministry.

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  • Posted by: hartwood01 - Aug. 22, 2011 2:23 PM ET USA

    Whoa,unbelievable! Another black mark for USCCB.

  • Posted by: mamato085337 - Aug. 20, 2011 7:40 AM ET USA

    This is one example of why the USCCB should be disbanded; besides the problems they cause in the Church and to the Pope, what actual good are they???? Look at this story, such a disgrace. Who was it who put that pervert in the position he had??? Mary Ann

  • Posted by: Brad - Aug. 18, 2011 8:19 PM ET USA

    How horrifying that his man was consulting the Bishops during the abuse scandals. This behavior is illegal so why should advocating for illegal activity be acceptable then or now? In the early years of the country this would never be accepted. But of course, homosexual marriage acceptance, in my opinion, is already the bottom of the slope - everything else is just fruits from this deviant acceptance. How do Catholics get a voice at these conferences to rightfully condemn this?

  • Posted by: tmsharel5764 - Aug. 18, 2011 6:05 PM ET USA

    "Fred Berlin was for years a consultant to the US bishops in their attempts to develop policies for handling complaints of sexual abuse by Catholic priests. Archbishop Rembert Weakland has testified that in 1985, Berlin strongly argued against removing abusive priests from public ministry." I strongly urge everyone who wants to understand the mind of evil to read Archbishop Rembert Weakland's Memoirs: A Pilgrim in a Pilgrim Church: Memoirs of a Catholic Archbishop.

  • Posted by: wolfdavef3415 - Aug. 18, 2011 10:50 AM ET USA

    The devils greatest trick...

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