Crime and Punishment at Penn State

That is the title of the piece published by my fellow contributor at The Catholic Thing, Brad Miner. Here’s how it begins:

Author’s Note: The crimes described below are stated frankly. Those who do not wish to read details about sexual assaults are cautioned.

Former Penn State football coach Joe Paterno is Roman Catholic and a regular churchgoer, not a nominal believer. Surely, he paid attention to the scandals that have roiled the Church in recent years. And you might suppose he learned something about how to respond to allegations about the sexual assault of children. But apparently not.

The lesson: sexual predators cease their criminal abuse only when caught, tried, convicted, and imprisoned. This is the single understanding to be applied in all places at all times and, by definition, in every profession. And against every pedophile.

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