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Go to: Sex abuse rife in other religions, says Vatican

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axeanne, earlier, said:
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According to allaboutreligion.org, there are
currently over 400,000 Catholic Priests worldwide.

Let's do the math:

1.5% of 400,000 = 6000

5% of 40,000 = 20,000
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We can go further, using the Vatican's own numbers. The article said:

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...only 1.5%-5% of Catholic clergy were involved in child sex abuse.
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But as priest on boy abuse doesn't count as real child sex abuse in the Vatican's eyes (because it's homosexual - you don't know where to start, do you?), we can assume the figure would be higher if the Vatican also included all the cases where priests were abusing boys, rather than girls.

They helpfully give us the figure we need to add:

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Of all priests involved in the abuses, 80 to 90% belong to this sexual orientation minority [homosexuals, *not* "real" paedophiles] which is sexually engaged with adolescent boys between the ages of 11 and 17.
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So, we can add at least 10-20 percent to the original number, which gives us:

Something between 6,600 - 24,000 priests abusing children, according to the Vatican. This obviously doesn't include those cases where abuse has not been reported.

The Vatican are surely right on one thing though: the problem is just as serious in other faiths.

Sat, 03 Oct 2009 12:25:00 UTC | #403082

Go to: New Bus Campaign

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We should keep the words "atheist" and "atheism" out of all ads. I suppose I'm one myself but I don't like the label - I'm *not* a member of some ideology or club you can stick a word to.

Surely the last thing we want is for people to think we're trying to persuade them to "switch" from one brand of belief to another. Isn't the point - which needs to be made clear - that we are simply encouraging people to start thinking critically?

Mon, 26 Jan 2009 01:54:00 UTC | #312378

Go to: New Bus Campaign

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Whence the source of morality? Hamlet says: "For there is nothing good or bad but *thinking* makes it so." Not praying, or believing, or even a deity - thinking.

Mon, 26 Jan 2009 01:43:00 UTC | #312376

Go to: Research sheds light on benefits of multiple mates

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Laura Betzig had a paper on paternal uncertainty in humans a few years ago. It turns out that up to 30% of us (depending on locale) don't have the biological daddy we thought we did. In some species the figure is even higher. The logic of this seems obvious - if fitness is about leaving as many descendants as possible, then it will often be a wise move to copulate with many males in case any one male has a hidden genetic defect. As this study shows, such defects not only exist but can be invisible.

Wed, 26 Nov 2008 10:21:00 UTC | #277490

Go to: Porn pastor's wife vows to stand by him

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Like many others here, I wonder why this story is here. It's a sad tale of a mixed-up man and his wife. It's got nothing to do with believing things on insufficient evidence - or rather, not believing things despite mountains of great evidence. We should be attacking bad ideas, not sad people.

Tue, 26 Aug 2008 13:13:00 UTC | #224747

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