Tuesday, June 10, 2014

A bishop who can't keep doves and serpents straight

Jesus said that his followers should be "as wise as serpents, and as harmless as doves."  Today, we have an example of the followers of Jesus instead being as wise as doves and as harmless as serpents.

The Roman Catholic Archbishop of St. Louis just testified in a deposition that he did not know that it was illegal for priests to have sex with children.  You can see it here:


Now, let us assume that he is telling the truth and that he really didn't know that it's illegal for adults -- priests or not -- to have sex with children.  Let us assume this even though it defies all common sense to believe that a college-educated church official wouldn't know what should be obvious to anyone smarter than a houseplant.  What then?

Legal or not, does anyone seriously think that a decent human being would have sex with children?  At that point, the archbishop's argument becomes that the behavior was despicable but it wasn't illegal.  Is that really the standard to which an institution like the Catholic Church should be held?  Despicable but not illegal?

We expect better than that from children, never mind the adults charged with their care.

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