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  1. Laripu says:

    The irony practically writes itself, doesn’t it.

  2. W. Corvi says:

    Aww, come on. Boys will just be boys. At least they weren’t groping adult women (for the most part).

  3. jb says:

    I don’t normally go out of my way to congratulate cartoonists for being funny, because that kind of their job, but this one was especially clever. Bravo!

  4. Son of Glenner says:

    Author: Brilliant! Even better than your usual.

    Of course, it can be argued that filling the heads of little children with superstitious nonsense is also child abuse.

  5. BRAVO Author!!
    Of course there are many peso Imams and no doubt every religion has more than a few pedophiles amounts the church leaders.
    As was said many long years ago; those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities.

  6. M27Holts says:

    Twas Voltair….The girl who lived across the road from me was sexually abused by a Catholic priest. And another woman I worked with was abused at a Catholic school in the 1950’s…

  7. Won’t somebody please think of the poor priests?? Can you imagine how terrible it was for THEM? Pardon me while I hold my handkerchief up before my streaming eyes.

  8. Someone says:

    Jesus wept. Literally, in this case.

    God knows the problem won’t go away, and the Church(es) will continue to hire and train people like this, continually expressing shock and disbelief mixed with a misplaced sense of righteous pity when the truth comes out, because…insert horseshit reason here, they have plenty.

  9. two cents' worth says:

    We hear about this problem with Catholic priests, but what about nuns? And what about clergy in other religions? How much of this problem is abuse of power (which is a general problem), and how much is due to Catholic teachings about sex and their requirement that their clergy be celibate?

  10. jb says:

    two cents’s worth — I’ve seen the argument made that the Catholic Church appears to have a particularly serious problem, not because of its teachings on celibacy, but because it is a monolithic organization that keeps records. If a Catholic priest who molests children gets transferred from parish to parish, the Church keeps track of where he has been, and in the end it’s easy to collect all the complaints against him. If a Protestant minister behaves the same way and repeatedly skips town, even if he is brought to justice in one jurisdiction it’s much less likely that his previous activities will become known, or that anyone will link the misbehavior of multiple aberrant ministers into one huge scandal.

    I would call this an example of streetlight bias — i.e., looking for your keys under the streetlight because that’s where the light is. Not sure though if it’s a valid argument or simply an effort to explain away an essentially Catholic problem.

  11. Deimos says:

    I think that this problem is neither Catholic or even Christian, it’s the “idiot son” problem in all its glory.
    If you’ve never heard of it: 1st gets the farm, 2nd gets education and becomes a professional, 3rd joins the army and ….
    The idiot son becomes a priest. I think idiot sons have provided 90% of the worldwide clergy for generations since religion was sidelined. Naturally none are suitable as priests and whatever their preference- chastity is not their choice.

    We need better priests.

  12. Deimos “We need better priests.” Or fewer. Or none.
    Author, it took me a while for this one to sink in, but then I got it. Never about the victims, eh. I’m in awe of your punch lines.

  13. Donn says:

    Mo’s digs were what tipped me off. But it isn’t so hilarious, more … quietly ironic or something, food for thought maybe. If you actually believe, then the sanctity of the sacred stuff might be some sort of counterbalance to the profanity of the evil stuff, so you could deplore whichever side of the equation and it’s all the same, eh?


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