Caught: one red herring
By Phil Lawler ( bio - articles - email ) | Feb 22, 2022
A report in the Buenos Aires Times on the trial of Bishops Zanchetta concludes this way:
Notice anything peculiar about that sentence? We are all sadly aware of the scandals. But suppose I were to rewrite the conclusion slightly, so that it read:
The Buenos Aires Times does not actually say that priestly celibacy is a factor in sexual abuse. That argument is difficult to defend, since plenty of non-clerical abusers are married. But by casually mentioning celibacy, in a sentence where it does not belong, the paper can plant the idea without any need to defend it.
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