Pope borrows Gordon Browns calculator

I’m sorry – this is just one of those scabs I can’t help picking at.

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In a front page editorial, its official newspaper L’Osservatore Romano stressed: "For the love of truth, the number of incidents involving clergy is very small."

It blamed media coverage of the sex scandals rocking the Catholic Church in Ireland, Germany and Austria for implying that there was a higher instance of sexual abuse in the Church than in other parts of society.

Implying?

"This has a negative effect on the Catholic Church…but it should be noted that abuse of children is more widespread in non-religious people and married couples than clergy," the paper said.

Perhaps it’s a sketchy translation, but run that by me again.

it should be noted that abuse of children is more widespread in non-religious people and married couples than clergy

Hmm. There are roughly 400,000 clergy worldwide. How many married people? 2 Billion? Non religious people? Half a billion?

So what they’re saying is that 400,000 clergy molest fewer children that a group of people more than 6,000 times larger.

Quite apart from the supposed moral authority of this 400,000, I should fucking well hope so.

AJ

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About Al Jahom
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