Yes, someone really said it. And although he has since apologised, it’s still worth a poke.

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  1. Sondra says:

    Sublime. Thank you.

  2. Hard to believe somebody said it, but then… I’m sure some stil believe it. Children can be so damned seductive. They’re so cute and sensual and….powerless. Excuse me while I go and wash my mouth out with soap.

  3. Acolyte of Sagan says:

    I’ve mentioned before that my wife and I were foster carers, and more than a few of the kids were victims of abuse of one sort or another. It was a common theme that their abusers would claim themselves as the victims, so it doesn’t surprise me in the slightest that the paedophile priests would come out with this lame excuse. Sadly, many of them will actually believe it!

  4. Don says:

    It’s actually not an uncommon claim. The bishop of Tenerife said much the same a couple of years ago.

  5. David Amies says:

    More evidence that those in high places in the RC church just don’t get it. I guess that if you belong to an organisation that has had unquestioned authority over the masses for hundreds and hundreds of years and you find that authority slipping away and more and more of its activities coming under close scrutiny, it is difficult to know how to react. The default setting is to protect the church and its officials at all cost and the victims go hang.

    Looks like that is not going to wash in future and about time, too!

    David Amies

  6. Maximum Leader says:

    And as this truly disturbing story shows, nothing changes:

    “It was an initiation ceremony: maybe it was the kids idea.”


  7. One might call it the Humbert Humbert defense.

    I laughed raucously at the headline on Mo’s paper. Just what I thought at the time. “Yeah, Pakistan, that’s going so well for you! HELL yes you’re a model for the rest of the world. What could possibly go wrong. Etc etc etc.”

  8. Anonymous says:

    You left out Mo’s punchline.

    4th panel, Mo says “That’s what I meant. Now they should have to marry them.”

  9. Don says:

    Default position when caught out; quick, who can we blame?

    The victims, the atheists, the liberals, the jews, the freemasons, but definitely not the priests. Besides, no-one told us raping children was wrong, how could we possibly have known? It’s not as though we have access to some sort of reliable moral code.

  10. jerym says:

    Did he also sincerely retract the statement ?

  11. steve oberski says:

    This is hardly a new or unique position with in the RCC:

    Bernardo Álvarez, the Bishop of Tenerife in Spain, had this to say about the recent scandals:

    There are 13 year old adolescents who are under age and who are perfectly in agreement with, and what’s more wanting it, and if you are careless they will even provoke you.

  12. Al West says:

    Best bit: Mo’s paper.

  13. Nassar Ben Houdja says:

    To apologize is very nice
    It is better to think at least twice
    Don’t sound like a fool
    by saying stuff that’s uncool
    An apology will never suffice.

  14. Acolyte of Sagan says:

    To be sung to the tune of When I’m Cleaning Windows by George Formby (ask your parents).

    I’m glad I joined the priesthood
    It’s a cracking little job
    ‘cos every now and then I have
    A choirboy on my knob.

  15. nima says:

    ‘Twas ever thus?

    The Arizona Republican, 8 August 1891, page 1:
    Seattle, Aug. 7 – Father Quay, a Catholic priest of Snohomish, was tarred and feathered by a mob this morning, between midnight and 1 o’clock. The citizens effected an entrance to his room, dragged him from his bed and applied a complete covering of tar and feathers. The priest fought desperately with his tormentors but was finally overcome. He is accused of enticing children of both sexes into his room, and there practicing various forms of immorality, after stupefying them with liquor. It is said that he was removed from charge at St. Thomas, North Dakota, for similar practices.

  16. DeafAtheist says:

    I’m surprised that Mo is standing up for child victims of sex abuse when he himself married a 9 year old girl.

  17. jerry w says:

    The punchlines are: “Well father O’Malley usually gives us two Hershey bars and a movie ticket”. Or, “$25.00 father, same as downtown….”
    Feel free to create your own set ups for them…..

  18. Jobrag says:

    I can’t find the news reports that a mob in Rome have ransacked the British Embassy, can anyone provide a link please?

  19. Acolyte of Sagan says:

    DeafAtheist, it’s no surprise really; it’s OK for the prophet of Islam, it’s only wrong when those infidel Christians do it.

    Jerry, I know the second one; it’s where the novice priest asks the nun what a ‘quickie’ is, no? The difference being my version was in pounds sterling. In fact, I think I told it here earlier this year.

  20. @Jerry W. Seems to me that setup would work for either punchline. Just change “nun” to “choirboy” and you’ve got it covered.

  21. jerry w says:

    AOS, I heard it originally as the answer when a novice priest asks a nun at his new assignment “What’s head, sister”..

    DH.. As they say at that most holy moment in a catholic church, “Bingo”…

  22. Acolyte of Sagan says:

    Well if we’re goinng for he ancient groaners;
    Two nuns in the bath. One says “Where’s the soap?”; the other replies “I know, but it feels nice”.

    And then there’s the one about the nun in the bath and the blind man, but that can wait.

  23. IanB says:

    Seen in another place just now caution definitely NSFW or if you’re offended by profanity but too the point of the current strip

  24. Acolyte of Sagan says:

    To misquote Dorothy Parker (I think); If all the Catholic choirboys were laid end-to-end, I wouldn’t be at all surprised.

  25. steeve says:

    Ancient Groaner 3 (or4?)
    Two nuns riding bikes down a cobbled street. One says ‘I haven’t come this way before…’

  26. Tallgrass05 says:

    VAMBLA. Vatican Man-Boy Love Association.

  27. Acolyte of Sagan says:

    Groooaaaannn! Were they riding saddles on or off?

    Two nuns driving through the Irish countryside one evening when all of a sudden a vampire leaps onto the bonnet and starts trying to punch through the windscreen to get at them. Sister Mary, who’s driving, yells at Sister Theresa “Quick Sister, show him yer cross”. So Theresa winds down her window, leans out and yells “GET OFF THE FECKING BONNET, YER BLOOD-SUCKING BASTARD”!

  28. jerry w says:

    Groaner 4 or 5
    The vatican has released a guideline for priests which says it’s o.k. for them to go out for an evening with a nun, as long as they don’t get in the habit.

  29. Andy says:

    The fundies claim that it is the DEVIL who temps them into homosexual acts – sometimes with kids. But the difference between them and liberals is that THEY ask for god’s forgiveness (and they know they get it), while the libruls ask for gay marriage. They’re weak, and fall for the temptation, but they repent.

  30. Acolyte of Sagan says:

    Oh, Jerry. Groan factor 10.
    There used to be a building society here in the UK called the Abbey National, whose slogan was “Get the Abbey habit, with Abbey National”, which was very quickly changed in playgrounds all over the country to “Get the Abbey habit, shag a nun today”.

  31. hotrats says:

    Sister Tomasina and Sister Bernadette are gathering fresh carrots from the kitchen garden. Sister Tomasina pulls up a whopper and says, “Would you look at that, Sister Bernadette, just like Father O’Malley’s.” Sister Bernadette says, “What, really that big?” “Oh no,” says Siter Thomasina, “that dirty.”


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