Childish pranks

By Diogenes (articles ) | Jul 13, 2004

Take 40,000 dirty pictures. Add a few films.

Mix seminarians with older priests-- in new and interesting combinations.

Stir in a police investigation, and the resignation of two seminary officials.

What do you get?

"Childish pranks," which-- you should have this line memorized by now-- "had nothing to do with homosexuality."

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  • Posted by: - Jul. 14, 2004 12:41 PM ET USA

    Child porn..from conservative Catholic Poland? I'd have thought Denmark or Holland would have been first choice for Austrian perverts. And I wonder, is anyone going to exorcise the seminary, now that it is surely infested?

  • Posted by: - Jul. 13, 2004 2:36 PM ET USA

    One nauseating picture is worth a thousand words. If there are any chaste manly priests in Austria, their reputations are now trashed. My missal has a list if sins that cry out for vengeance. One is sodomy, one is depriving a man of his just wage. A big part of the just wage of a good priest is the love and respect he gets from his flock due to his sacrifice of sexual pleasure. Bishops who allow and even secretly promote sodomy are guilty of both.

  • Posted by: - Jul. 13, 2004 1:53 PM ET USA

    Naked men in compromising positions combined with porn and that is not homosexual? Okay, let's see how one can apply this line of logic/explanation to a similar scenario. (my analogy may not be exact but it's close enough I think) If I get a vasectomy because my wife doesn't want to be pregnant again can I tell my confessor that this operation had NOTHING to do with the contraceptive act? The answer to that of course depends on what diocese you reside in and which priest you ask.

  • Posted by: - Jul. 13, 2004 1:14 PM ET USA

    The 'childish pranks' comment of the bishop is reminiscent of some judges who - when faced with young men accused of assaulting or raping girls - opine dismissively that 'Boys will be boys...' In the tradition of Weakland, Lynch et al., we could then say about Bishop Krenn that: 'Bishops will be bishops...'

  • Posted by: - Jul. 13, 2004 1:03 PM ET USA

    Diogenes - if dogma evolves over time why can't the language? We used to be able to use the word "gay" in polite conversation. Tell people you went to visit "gay Paris" they will wonder how it differs from "gay San Francisco." I suppose the Austrians have a different meaning for "childish pranks" that includes lewd and disgusting behavior more appropriate for a San Francisco bathhouse than a Roman Catholic seminary. Until Peter and the people clean house this will continue - and get worse.