Thursday, January 06, 2005

It's a bit depressing to see Catholics on this thread once again soft-pedal torture.

I wonder how much patience we would have for a bishop giving a plum assignement to a priest who had conducted a purely objective and legal analysis concluding that it was in fact legal for the diocese to hide information about abusive priests from the authorities, or that abusive priests could escape prosecution by being moved to other states.

Wouldn't we wonder if the bishop was serious about changing how abuse allegations are handled? Wouldn't we suspect there were better candidates?

It's a bit sad, after all the talk we heard last year about how Catholics can never support candidates who support "intrinsic evil" be silent, or even enabling when the "intrinsic evil" is torture.
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