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  •  No it's not (1+ / 0-)
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    eps62

    but it is certainly a device for trying to deal with it, especially if you grow up in a Catholic environment.

    •  Clarify please - are you contending (2+ / 0-)
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      Clem Yeobright, ladyjames

      that growing up in a Catholic environment allows the belief that IF ONLY priests were allow to marry and have children, pedophelia would not occur?

      When someone is impatient and says, "I haven't got all day," I always wonder, How can that be? How can you not have all day? George Carlin

      by msmacgyver on Sun Feb 26, 2012 at 11:01:36 AM PST

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        if you are a pedophile raised in a Catholic environment, you might seek out ways to deal with it.

        Look, I think the notin that there is not a higher incidence oif pedophilia ampong Catholic priests than, say, Episcopalian ministers, is ridiculous.

        YMMV.

        •  Are you suggesting that a pedophile (2+ / 0-)
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          Clem Yeobright, DeusExMachina

          raised in a Catholic environment would gravitate to the priesthood?

          You might find this of interest and justification for your premise that there is not a higher incidence among catholic priests than other clergy:

          http://blogs.denverpost.com/...

          5/25/10: “There is no plausible evidence that Catholic priests are gangs of sexual predators, as they are being portrayed,” said Pennsylvania State University Prof. Philip Jenkins, eminent religion and history scholar, and a non-Catholic who’s studied the church’s abuse problems for 20 years.

          Jenkins said there has been no formal study comparing denominations for rates of child abuse. However, insurers have been assessing the risks since they began offering riders on liability policies in the 1980s. Two of the largest insurers report no higher risks in covering Catholic churches than Protestant denominations.

          Wisconsin-based Church Mutual Insurance Co. has 100,000 client churches and has seen a steady filing of about five sexual molestation cases a week for more than a decade, even though its client base has grown.

          “It would be incorrect to call it a Catholic problem,” said Church Mutual’s risk control manager, Rick Schaber. “We do not see one denomination above another. It’s equal. It’s also equal among large metropolitan churches and small rural churches.”

          Iowa-based Guide One Center for Risk Management, which insures more than 40,000 congregations, also said Catholic churches are not considered a greater risk or charged higher premiums.

          “Our claims experience shows this happens evenly across denominations,” said spokeswoman Melanie Stonewall.

          When someone is impatient and says, "I haven't got all day," I always wonder, How can that be? How can you not have all day? George Carlin

          by msmacgyver on Sun Feb 26, 2012 at 12:11:42 PM PST

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