problem? what problem?

By Diogenes ( articles ) | Sep 01, 2005

The long-promised apostolic visitation of seminaries is about to begin. Your Uncle Di is worried that it won't work. Others are worried that it will:

The Vatican is set to inspect U.S. Catholic seminaries and theology schools for the first time in two decades, addressing issues key to the clergy sexual abuse scandal. ...

But many victims' advocates and experts on pedophilia in the priesthood are skeptical about the inspections, noting for example that some church officials have blamed the scandal on gays in the priesthood, even though an untold number of victims are female.

The number of female victims, far from being untold, is very well told indeed. Check out the abuse victim gender graph published by the National Review Board:

This chart shows the selections the good fathers made from the sexual dessert menu decade by decade. What part, exactly, is hard to understand? The "experts on pedophilia" mentioned in the article are no more than a smoke screen, since 78 percent of the victims were pubertal or post-pubertal, but pedophilia has proven a useful feint to distract those who wish to be distracted from the real problems. The more triathlete-conscious among our bishops are very, very, very, very concerned not to embark on a witch hunt here, and the witches to be hunted heartily concur. The success of the visitation depends on the will of the hierarchy to get to the root of the crisis, and to this point that will has not been greatly in evidence. Hope I'm wrong, folks.

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