Cardinal asserts that child raping priests shouldn’t be punished.

I give up on satire for the rest of my life.  I couldn’t even make this shit up.

“If I – as a normal being – choose to break the law, knowing that I’m breaking the law, then I think I need to be punished.”

He said he knew at least two priests, who became paedophiles after themselves being abused as children.

“Now don’t tell me that those people are criminally responsible like somebody who chooses to do something like that. I don’t think you can really take the position and say that person deserves to be punished. He was himself damaged.”

I wonder what his stance would be if the parents of those two priests had been murderers.

So, rape children and you shouldn’t be punished, but if you’re born a human then you deserve eternal punishment by default.  Makes sense.

I actually agree with the Cardinal, technically.  Pedophilia is not criminal.  You can fantasize about raping children all you want and, yes, those people should get treatment.  However, when you start actually raping children, no matter how much you might want to and no matter the reason, you need to be prosecuted for it.  What you definitely don’t need is a pope (like, say, Joseph Ratzinger) shuffling you off to a new parish, enabling you to rape children again.

And what the church definitely doesn’t need is millions of Catholics turning a blind eye to that type of thing and worshiping Ratzinger as god’s vicar on earth, enabling the man (and the organization) shielding the rapists of children, all while turning up their noses at atheists as if we are the immoral ones.

Alright, Emmet.  Here’s your cue to exhibit more moral outrage that the church is being criticized than about the high-ranking members of the church attempting to excuse the rape of children…again.

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