Hints from Heloise?

By Diogenes (articles ) | Feb 25, 2004

We have all been enlightened.

Zero tolerance "does not function to prevent these crimes," Hans-Ludwig Kroeber, director of Berlin's Institute of Forensic Psychiatry, said at the symposium. "It is better to domesticate the dragon. If all you do is cut off its head, it will grow another."

Perhaps. But then the head is not the offending member.

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  • Posted by: extremeCatholic - Feb. 26, 2004 11:51 AM ET USA

    Something else to point out: a dragon who hoards gold and breathes fire on people is acting according to its nature, just as a lion is acting according to its nature by eating people. Even so, our protection from them ranks higher in importance than allowing them to harm us. Sexual predators of children and adolescents are acting against their nature as human beings. Such evil is to put into a cage isolated from other human beings and not merely "domesticated".

  • Posted by: - Feb. 26, 2004 9:07 AM ET USA

    Herr Doktor Kroeber sounds like a disciple of Jung. Domesticate the dragon? I think the good Doktor has been watching too much kid's TV. Dragon Tales notwithstanding, the friendly old dragon will have you for breakfast.

  • Posted by: - Feb. 25, 2004 1:41 PM ET USA

    Perhaps capital punishment is the best option? Musing here, not really serious. Except perhaps I should be. Dragons don't have free will, but people do. People don't grow new heads. If you cut off the head, you don't have to worry about the rest of the members.

  • Posted by: - Feb. 25, 2004 12:28 PM ET USA

    "Zero tolerance" was always the montra of the media to put the Church hierarchy in a catch 22. I remember when Cardinal George mentioned the possibility of leniency and rehabilitation for a one-time offender and the media dragged him through the court of public opinion. Any serious examination of the crisis reveals that the real problem is an entrenched homosexual network in the Church. These are the wolves in sheep's clothing, not just lambs straying from the flock.

  • Posted by: - Feb. 25, 2004 12:21 PM ET USA

    I'm no moral theologian, but the only fool proof way to prevent a human being with free will from performing a physical act, or, more precisely, from the risk of performing it, is to execute them. Of course, as everyone has immortal souls, they end up somewhere - in one of the 3 states, awaiting being rejoined with their bodies. I suppose they could still haunt or possess someone (I'm no exorcist either). Domesticating the dragon; nice touch. I think a penal monastery is a better idea.

  • Posted by: - Feb. 25, 2004 10:58 AM ET USA

    What to do with them now is certainly a problem. Perhaps they should cut off the offending member. But that probably wouldn't solve the problem either, since kinky sex has many outlets. What they can't do is allow them to remain in the priesthood. A greater concern and something I haven't heard anything about. Are they still allowing flamers into the seminaries and ordaining them to the priesthood? If they are, this problem will not be resolved for decades.

  • Posted by: - Feb. 25, 2004 9:11 AM ET USA

    The "dragon" analogy is particularly apt. I personally favor severing the head, and then reducing the corpse to ash before it can "grow another head." If we now look to the Germans for moral guidance, the problem is worse than expected. As for the science of human destruction, well, they've got one on us there. My recommendation, if we refuse to countenance pedophiles masquerading as priests, is that we deport them all to Germany, most particularly where Herr Doktor Kroeber resides.