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    Saturday, January 21, 2006

    Pedophilia mistake from Cardinal Francis George

    What is the underlying reason people who should know better keep using the word
    pedophilia? Are they wrong, or just ignorant?

    From the Chicago Sun-Times...
    Noted in Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam from Catholic World News

    A few minutes later, though, he reveals that during the October visit, he did ask Vatican officials to delay the release of a papal document on homosexuality in the priesthood.

    "We asked them not to publish it, but to delay it -- to wait -- otherwise it would color the visitations," George says. The problem, in his view, was that the document would be released in the midst of official Vatican "visitations" to U.S. seminaries to check, among other things, for "homosexual culture" on campus.

    "The document itself goes back almost 10 years. The visitations grew out of the discussions in April 2002 between the [American] cardinals and the [Vatican] curia," about the sexual abuse crisis in the United States. "We said, 'If you do this, it will be taken as a commentary on the visitations and we'll get into this whole business that the gay community is so sensitive to of, 'You're blaming us for the pedophilia.'"

    From Websters:
    Since the age of consent is often higher than the upper age limit in the definition of clinical pedophilia, underage sex, i.e. sexual activity with underage adolescents, is not, in general, clinical pedophilia. While such activity may be illegal in a particular jurisdiction, it frequently exemplifies only borderline pedophilia, or far more commonly, no pedophilia at all, because the person's attraction is not specifically to persons that young. The terms hebephilia and ephebophilia are sometimes used to describe attraction to youths or adolescents, distinct from attraction to children.
    Pederasty is underage sex, especially anal sex, between male adults and male adolescents or children. The North American Man-Boy Love Association advocates legalization of pederasty.

    So what is going on here? 80% of the Priest problem was with teen boys probably
    past puberty. Boys and male Priests = homosexual, especially on the part of the
    older man.

    It can not be that on a level playing field, Cardinal George would find some
    public relations advantage to using the taboo term pedophilia vs. the culturally
    friendly “homosexual”. I would also give the Cardinal credit for knowing the
    difference, especially since studies and advice have certainly been given to him
    as he tackles the scandal as a Church leader.

    Why embrace the
    taboo and ignore culture’s friend?

    In light of his desire to delay the papal document on homosexuality, combined with his mischaracterization of the vast majority of the scandal, I think he is misdirecting us, or his conscience thinking.

    If it is us he is attempting to misdirect, shame on him. If it is his thinking, then the solution is as close as his bookstand dictionary.

    As usual, I may be wrong. I hope I am wrong.


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