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← Scapegoat for Catholic evils?

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Comment 16 by QuestioningKat

He is a scapegoat, but certainly not an innocent one.

From Wikipedia:

A scapegoat: "In modern usage a scapegoat may be a child, employee, peer, ethnic or religious group, or country singled out for unmerited negative treatment or blame".

It strikes me that the blame apportioned to the priest in question wasn't unmerited, nor was he singled out by the church or prosecuting authorities to deflect blame away from another person. He was charged with and found guilty of a particular offence, based on the evidence the prosecutors collected; what else is there to say? How does his conviction preclude that (or another) prosecuting authority from charging other clerics with similar offences?

I must say I find this thread a little bit strange. Finally an individual is called to account for his actions, in a court of (state) law, and people are perturbed....eh...why?

What kind of judicial magic bullet do people think is out there?! This is how the law works.

Thu, 26 Jul 2012 01:51:13 UTC | #950086