What Does This Remind You Of?

Thursday, April 17, 2008

What does this remind you of?

What does it mean to speak of child protection when pornography and violence can be viewed in so many homes through media widely available today?

Read: Its society's fault when a pedophile molests a kid because after all pornography and violence can be seen in the media.

Or this?

Those who "have experienced shame over what has occurred" deserve guidance and support.
Read: Its the offenders we need to focus on and stop worrying about those pesky victims.

Feel like you're reliving a bad blame-gaming sex offender episode? Unfortunately the above quotes have been taken from the pope's address to bishops in Washington regarding the rampant child sexual abuse in the church.

It is indeed frightening that the pope has chosen to blame society for the pedophilia that has occurred under the umbrella of the Catholic church. Is it surprising that this issue has yet to be resolved when the highest ranking member of the church attempts to shift the focus from the offending priests to society?

What next? Is he going to tell us that all these priests really did was urinate in public? Give me a break. Pedophilia is clearly an institutional problem for the church. The least the victims should be able to expect is an admission of such.

Whether you are a lowly sex offender or the pope, blame gaming is unacceptable and you better believe that we at AZ will call you on it every time.
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