Priestly Sex Abuse: Get the Facts Straight

Last week on this blog, someone threw a grenade in the combox.  It was one of those unsubstantiated rants, something like, "The Catholic Church should take care of its own business.  Priests abuse children with much greater frequency than people in other helping professions (teachers, ministers, etc.)"It was blatantly untrue, and I called the writer out on it.  The incident reminded me, though, just how much some people still take at face value the untruths and misstatements that are thrown a … [Read more...]

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A Happy Ending to USF “Priest=Toilet” Controversy

A few days ago, I told you the story of an anti-religious incident at the University of South Florida, in which a professor had equated priests with excrement.  I had contacted the professor, Dr. Timothy Weil, for comment; but instead, I received a response from his dean, Dr. Julianne Serovich.  The case was being reviewed, she assured me, and a response would be sent to the Catholic League.I expected the usual “academic-freedom-blah-blah” sort of statement to be issued by USF.  I expected a … [Read more...]

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