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... ๐‘–๐‘“ ๐‘ ๐‘’๐‘๐‘Ÿ๐‘’๐‘ก๐‘  ๐‘๐‘œ๐‘›๐‘ก๐‘Ÿ๐‘–๐‘๐‘ข๐‘ก๐‘’ ๐‘ก๐‘œ ๐‘กโ„Ž๐‘’ ๐‘Ž๐‘๐‘ข๐‘ ๐‘’ ๐‘œ๐‘Ÿ ๐‘›๐‘’๐‘”๐‘™๐‘’๐‘๐‘ก ๐‘œ๐‘“ ๐‘Ž ๐‘š๐‘–๐‘›๐‘œ๐‘Ÿ, ๐‘กโ„Ž๐‘Ž๐‘ก ๐‘“๐‘œ๐‘Ÿ๐‘š ๐‘œ๐‘“ ๐‘ ๐‘’๐‘๐‘Ÿ๐‘’๐‘๐‘ฆ ๐‘–๐‘  ๐‘–๐‘š๐‘š๐‘œ๐‘Ÿ๐‘Ž๐‘™ ๐‘Ž๐‘›๐‘‘ ๐‘‘๐‘’๐‘ก๐‘Ÿ๐‘–๐‘š๐‘’๐‘›๐‘ก๐‘Ž๐‘™ ๐‘ก๐‘œ ๐‘กโ„Ž๐‘’ ๐‘๐‘œ๐‘š๐‘š๐‘œ๐‘› ๐‘”๐‘œ๐‘œ๐‘‘ ๐‘œ๐‘“ ๐‘กโ„Ž๐‘’ ๐‘ ๐‘œ๐‘๐‘–๐‘’๐‘ก๐‘ฆ.

๐—ง๐—›๐—œ๐—ฆ!!! For once, someone in the church ranks has acknowledged that the problem of child sex abuse by priests CANNOT be solved internally, but must involve secular law enforcement. Reverend Connell has had the fortitude to make such a statement in public, and his bold assertion that he will not be silenced by the Catholic Church is a welcome and badly overdue event.

I wish him luck.

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I find myself in the uncomfortable position of agreeing with a Catholic priest.

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There are times when secrecy is necessary. At the national-government level, it involves things like nuclear secrets and troop movements. At the state level, it can be routing options for future highways, contingency plans for prison riots, or strategies for accepting contract bids. At the municipal level, it can be personnel disciplinary matters or contract-negotiation tactics. In the area of law enforcement, it can involve protection for key witnesses or abused spouses. In criminal justice, it includes jury deliberations. In school and the doctorโ€™s office, itโ€™s your health records. In journalism, it involves protecting oneโ€™s confidential sources. In private enterprise, it includes trade secrets like drug formulas and microchip designs. In football, itโ€™s what gets talked about in the huddle. In poker, itโ€™s what your hole cards are. With kids, itโ€™s what their birthday presents will be. With your wife, itโ€™s whether she looks fat in those jeans.

With child abusers, it's NEVER!!!!

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Mar 25ยทedited Mar 25

NOW the RCC wants to practice cancel cultural? Not when their clergy are raping kids and being shuffled around?

And Holy Mother Church still wants to claim the moral high ground?

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Mar 25ยทedited Mar 25

The argument goes that if someone thinks the priest will report any confessions then they wonโ€™t confess their secrets.

Well big deal! The Catholic Church is saying that making the priest, or indeed any offender, feel better by getting these things off their chest (ye gods, what a casual way of referring to child abuse!) is somehow preferable to reporting them and ensuring they canโ€™t continue in their ways. I say stuff them!

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No different than seeing protestant clergymen shielding rapists and wife beaters from accountability in many churches by kicking out pastors and congregation members that expose and send such criminals to prison for many decades.

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Mar 26ยทedited Mar 26

OT- *snerk* heheheheeeeeheeheeheeAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA*wheeze*๐˜ˆ๐˜๐˜ˆ๐˜๐˜ˆ๐˜๐˜ˆ๐˜๐˜ˆ๐˜๐˜ˆ๐˜๐˜ˆ

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BL57IFERJEc

One of the Jan. 6th MAGAts, who attended Chump's riot-inciting rally some two years and change ago, but who apparently did ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฐ๐˜ต join in the actual attempted coup bit, has lately become a scapegoat for certain high-profile MAGAt mouthpieces. They've been claiming that, because he was seen chatting with the cops, and wasn't part of the mob that entered the Capitol, he must therefore have been a plant sent by the authorities to goad the ๐˜ฑ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ ๐˜ธ๐˜ช๐˜ฅ๐˜ฅ๐˜ญ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฐ๐˜ค๐˜ฆ๐˜ฏ๐˜ต ๐˜ณ๐˜ช๐˜ฐ๐˜ต๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜ด into Doing an Insurrection. Because, y'know, the FBI or whomever they're blaming this week would be so careless as to have an undercover agent talk with other LEOs in full view of the criminal group they were infiltrating, right?

Turns out he's somewhat unhappy about being thrown under the bus. Unhappy enough to get lawyers involved...

...and defamation is ๐˜ฎ๐˜ถ๐˜ค๐˜ฉ easier to prove against claims made about an ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ๐˜ช๐˜ท๐˜ช๐˜ฅ๐˜ถ๐˜ข๐˜ญ, so this may stand a better chance in court than the Dominion case does, if he files the papers. Please please please ๐˜ฑ๐˜ญ๐˜ฆ๐˜ข๐˜ด๐˜ฆ file the papers!

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OT: Ken Ham is claiming that demand for his boat clad office building is so great that it attracted a new hotel to the area. What he doesn't say is that he (AIG) is building it.

They also sold part of the Ark parking lot to themselves to build the hotel on. All above board, I'm sure.

I'm also sure the already existing hotels are thrilled.

Comment may contain sarcasm.

https://pandasthumb.org/archives/2023/03/aig-owns-some-hotel.html#more

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Never has any organization fought so long and so hard to preserve a tradition as the RCC has for the sake of its priestly predilection for raping children. Every time they issue a statement containing the most tepid condemnation of a priest who got caught, you can bet there are fifty more whose crimes went unreported and unpunished, by the grace of Holy Mother Church.

Physicians and psychologists are required to report child abuse, even though they are ordinarily bound by their oaths to keep their patients' confidentiality. Priests should not get a special exemption... especially not when the purpose of the confessional is to absolve the confessor of all responsibility for what they are confessing to. A visit to the confession booth should be viewed by the law as an attempt to evade the just consequences for one's actions- and a priest who fails to report a confession involving a felony, especially against a minor victim, should be tried as an accessory after the fact.

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The very fact that Reverend Connell is being punished for putting secular law over the badly problematic "seal of the confession" tells me that the Church in general and that diocese in particular is incapable of policing its own priests, of which I suspect several may well be culpable of such crimes. The fact is that child molestation and rape by Catholic priests is very likely STILL going on, and it will likely continue until some outside force acts to stop it.

Because the RCC has evidently no appreciable interest in stopping it, themselves.

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โ€œRight now, in Delaware, thereโ€™s a proposed bill (HB 74) that that would break the sacramental seal. It would require priests to โ€œreport child abuse and neglectโ€ that they learn about during confession.โ€

Snark alert. Well now, Catholic priests who donโ€™t want to risk punishment could just refuse to hear confessions in Delaware. They and their flock could cross the state line for confessions. Thatโ€™s how we are handling abortion, right? No one is saying you canโ€™t get an abortion/confess to sexual abuse of children. Weโ€™re leaving that up to state government, just like the Founders intended. Besides, one can hardly fall over in Delaware without landing in a neighboring state.

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The confessional is a joke. A priest is a man, a human being with all the faults and goodness as the rest of us. They have no special power to forgive sin, indeed, to not report crimes is not the Christian thing to do. So, these priests do not report crimes and the criminal goes out of the confessional with a few hail mary's and continues in his criminal ways. Does this not make the priest an accessory to the fact? Why won't the church change this? They would have to admit what they teach is a myth and they have no more power over anyone in or out of their faith than my dog.

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The RCC's policies regarding confessional are a reflection of outdated, politically-motivated, selfish ideas that are generally intended to help the RCC remain powerful. Let's face the reality, confessional is a great place to gather blackmail material, and knowing all the dirty laundry is good for the RCC's long-term staying power. As if they didn't have enough with all that money they've got.

I will admit I don't have much respect for the RCC as a rule. I do, however, respect the courage and determination of someone willing to decry RCC policy from within to protect kids. Good on you for this one, Father Jim. I'm sorry to hear you're being punished for doing the right thing.

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the Catholic church still does not get it. But I am sure they will light up more candles the next time another huge expose comes knocking on the door.

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Mar 25ยทedited Mar 25

The Catholic church has been facilitating and protecting pederasts for centuries. Raping children is literally an unspoken tradition of the Catholic Church, and it's a safe bet that many of the Church's top leaders (Cardinals, Archbishops, Bishops, etc.) are pederasts themselves who don't want the tradition to end. So, the sexual and psychological abuse of children is, in large part, the Church's raison d'รชtre, and there is no reason to expect that the church is going to change any time soon.

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Hereโ€™s the one priest in the RCC that makes up for the rest. Not all priests are raping children, or covering up the rape of children, this guy is advocating for the kids. Now the RCC apologists have someone to glom onto to prove us atheists wrong about how immoral the RCC is. Thousands of bad apples donโ€™t ruin the bunch when you have this one good apple.

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