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ANOTHER LOOK AT THE CLERICAL SEX ABUSE SCANDAL

by Bishop Paul Peter Jesep

"Wherever the truth is injured, defend it."
Ralph Waldo Emerson

It came to light recently that a prominent American politician blamed the Catholic Church’s child abuse scandal on liberal culture. He said that, "Priests, like all of us, are affected by culture. When the culture is sick, every element in it becomes infected. While it is no excuse for this scandal, it is no surprise that Boston, a seat of academic, political and cultural liberalism in America, lies at the center of the storm."

     Although the comment understandably outraged many, it also suggests that no one has intelligently assessed the problem. Pedophilia has existed well before the city of Boston was ever founded. It also has occurred in places far more conservative than the northeastern part of the United States.

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