I was having a conversation with a friend recently who told me he was not optimistic about society, while I said we would both live to see things get better.

However here are a few stories on the web that support his view:

Item, How dare you not want a woman with a penis (via Ace of Spades):

So here’s the question, what is the craziest thing you’ve seen or heard?

At first I thought it might be this story, which ace covered a month or three ago, about some confused and/or mentally ill British boys who like to put on dresses, pretend that they’re girls, and then are dismayed to discover that normal teenaged boys don’t want to get into relationships with them when they are found out that they’re boys wearing dresses.

What makes it such a strong contender for the title is that it’s such a multi-layer cake of crazy:

1. British parents, schools, the medical profession are encouraging boys in their delusions rather than providing therapy.
2. The confused/mentally ill boys seem to be shocked at their lack of success with normal boys.
3. The BBC is actually making a series about all of this
4. …and portraying this festival of perversity as just another specie of teen angst. You know, like pimples, school pressures, or finding a prom date.

But crazy as that is, I actually managed to find something even crazier:

What kills me about this post is back in the days when the left was all about science and evolution the idea that evolution and natural selection would cause a man to want a spouse capable of passing on their genetic material, now such a move is considered racism by our “betters”

Item:  I’m old enough to remember when Women’s Shelters were about protecting vulnerable women (via Breitbart)

Two women were kicked out of a homeless shelter to make room for a man because he said he is a transgender woman, according to a Canadian news report. The women objected when they were told they would have to share a bedroom and live in the shelter with the man, and so “both were asked to leave the shelter for good,” said the TV reporter.

But remember for the left ideology trumps all else and if this means more women on the street and unsafe, well at least the shelter owners won’t be called bigots by Hollywood.

Item:  Everyone will be Nazi’s for 15 minutes (via PJ Media):

Princeton University’s class of 2012 planned its five-year reunion party around a Star Wars theme, calling it “Revenge of the Fifth.” According to HeatStreet, the alumni planned to dress in costume and many purchased stormtrooper costumes for the event. In late February, however, the Reunion Committee sent an email banning this particular costume — because it might remind some people of Nazis.

Who knew that when you bought your kids those stormtrooper toys you were preparing them to be the next Hitler’s of the world.  I guess George Lucas should be sued.

Item, Gay scandals in the church?  What Gay Scandals?: (via the local.es)

Juan Carlos Martínez, 40, provoked more than raised eyebrows when he joined the town’s carnival festivities last week and posed on a float dressed as the legendary lothario, complete with dressing gown, captain’s cap and cigar.

At his sides were two rather delectable companions: Two men decked in black leotards over stockings and a barely-there netting skirt and topped off with bunny ears over colourful wigs. Presumably they also had white cottontails pinned to their backsides.

In fairness Fr. Martínez story while a very public disgrace is less scandalous than this one

In the southern city of Naples, for example, a priest was recently suspended from the parish of Santa Maria degli Angeli over claims he held gay orgies and used Internet sites to recruit potential partners whom he paid for sex.

The allegations concerning the Rev. Mario D’Orlando were brought to the attention of the diocese when an anonymous letter was sent to a Naples bishop. D’Orlando denied the charges when he was summoned by the city’s archbishop, Cardinal Crescenzio Sepe, but is now facing a formal inquiry conducted by local church officials.

which at least didn’t involve alter boys and may I say the turning of the child sex scandals in the church which overwhelming involved homosexual acts from a “Gay Catholic Priest” scandal to just a “Catholic Priest” scandal is one of the great propaganda triumphs of the MSM/Left, in fact I still encounter people who argue that man wanting sex from boys has nothing to do with homosexuality.

Now I’ll grant that all of these stories advance my friend’s pessimism but I still prefer to remain optimistic and remember, the future belongs to those who show up.

The War Doctor:No More

Doctor Who: Day of the Doctor 2013

Capt. Roc Brasiliano: I’m giving you fair warning, Hawke!
Brian Hawke: That’s very generous of you, Captain. I’ll give it the fair attention it deserves.

Against All Flags 1952

One of the things that puts a damper on following the #Catholic hashtag on twitter is the occasional trolling/attacks on the church, primarily by atheists liberals and gays although occasionally but increasingly rarely from protestants or people of other faith traditions.

Now I should point out that attacks are different than disagreement.  I’ve enjoyed discussions on doctrine, the existence of God , sin and the like with people inside and outside of the church and/or christianity.  Listening to strong reasoned arguments or difficult questions stimulate the mind and are an excellent way to reach out to people, and make friends.  Furthermore you can’t convert those you don’t engage and to all those on twitter and the net who have shared those conversations with me I think the world of you and nothing that follows applies to you.

As for the others, their attacks usually fall into two categories

#1  An attack on the wealth of the Church

#2  An attack on the churches unwillingness to redefine sin

Point 1 on wealth is fairly easy to refute.  The numbers concerning charity,  particularly in africa are publicly available and staggering.  the number of people who are fed, clothed, educated, housed treated medically & socially by the church is overwhelming and generally quickly tend to cause trouble for the attacker.

Point 2  is also not hard to counter as once relativism or even cultural imperialism but as most of these arguments comes from secularists or atheists the best answer involves the voluntary nature of the church & their obsessive need to have a church & a faith they supposedly believe is myth to justify their beliefs.  That tends to send anti-Catholics over the edge.

What is really interesting however is not either of these attacks per-se as they are simply variation of things thrown at the church by those who hate them for hundreds of years, what’s interesting is what invariably follows when such attacks are checked:  Both sides follow-up with the sexual abuse scandal in the church.

It’s a painful topic and one that tends to cause most Catholics to abandon the fight since while one can point out the statistical rates of pedophilia in the church vis-a-vis the public, the strong proactive reforms the church has instituted and the silence of those critics on similar scandals in other institutions the facts of the scandal and the slow cowardly response of Bishops can’t be defended nor should they be.

However it is also a mistake to be completely silent in response to these attacks which are designed to chase away souls from potential salvation and left unchallenged can be successful.

There is a response and that response tends to completely unhinge the attackers.  In the interest of arming readers of the #catholic tag who are tongue-tied in this situation allow me to share with you my tactics that have been, since I’ve instituted them, uniformly successful.

It begins with a simple statistical fact concerning the church sexual abuse scandal.

78% of the abuse involved homosexual acts, men abusing boys.

Given that the secular media culture that hates the catholic church has spent the last decade advancing a cultural meme of priests preying on boys in everything from drama to humor one would think such a fact stated aloud wouldn’t rattle them, however when you respond to their attacks with this fact the Catholic haters simply begin to fall apart.

Their first response is always to accuse you of being anti-gay saying you’re claiming that all gays are pedophiles or that gay are claiming that gay people are more likely to be pedophiles than straight people or that gay pedophilia is any more sinful or criminal that such acts committed by a straight person.

However that argument tends to fall apart because that sentence is a simple statement of a statistical fact that no more comments on rates of pedophilia among gays or straights than stating North America composes 16.4% of the land mass of the earth.  Those accusations eventually die when you repeat the fact and ask if they deny it.

The next argument that follows is the denial that the people are  “pedophiles” not “gay”.  That tends to fall apart pretty quickly as pretending that a gay person can’t be a pedophile  in a pubic argument is untenable in a twitter feed full of people with internet access to news stories around the nation and world.

What then follows is the suggestion that it’s just a question of “availability” of boys, as if there are no girls ( or women or men)  available to a priest willing to sin.  It’s an argument so ignorant no person whose knowledge of parish life in the 21st century didn’t from some completely from TV would dare to make it for fear of looking the fool.  Moreover the idea that availability trumps sexual orientation not only clashes with memes that the people making this argument have pushed culturally for years but can be counted by the examining almost any large groups of gamers, geeks and comic book nerds, filled with sexually frustrated males whose conventions somehow don’t end with them taking advantage of the availability of other frustrated males looking for release.

Usually by the time the argument reaches this point your opponent is not only gratifyingly reduced to simple name calling but the #catholic tag has been conveniently removed from their counters in order to keep their weak defense out of public view.

While all of this is to some degree amusing there is real irony involved.  The sins of the priests involved in the church scandal were their own, but the source of the sin of the Church is the Bishops etc who didn’t address what these priests were doing.  That source is the same source as the arguments of those condemning the church.

A pathological fear of admitting an unpleasant facts. In the church’s case it was the existence of the scandal, in the case of our liberal/secular/atheist/gay friends the fact that said scandal was overwhelmingly homosexual male one.

This is where you deliver the very telling coup de grass to end the conversation,  a challenge that will inform you if the person you are dealing with is at all degree reasonable.

Make the point that you as a faithful catholic take ownership and condemn the actions and inactions of those involved in the scandal including covering it up.  State categorically that any people who committed crimes should be prosecuted according to law…

…then challenge them as a critic of the church to take ownership too and admit that the people involved in committing those crimes were overwhelmingly gay men.

If they are willing to make that concession then you can part in agreement, make future polite conversation and perhaps even eventually make friends.

If they can’t then pray for them because they are consumed by their hatred of the church beyond their ability to cope.

But be forewarned if you are a hater of the Catholic Church intending to  troll the faithful online and attack the church in the words of the 10th Doctor:  It is defended!

Update:  Really want to send them over the edge?  Show them this story out of the vatican:

A scandal-ridden Catholic diocese in Italy where priests posted naked photos of themselves on gay websites, raided church coffers and sexually harassed parishioners is to be investigated by a special envoy to Pope Francis.

The Pope reportedly intends to send an “apostolic administrator” to assess allegations that the diocese of Albenga-Imperia, in the Liguria region of northern Italy, has hosted a string of “playboy priests” moon-lighting as barmen, stealing parish funds and getting tattooed.

how bad was it?  This bad:

The bishop himself is not accused of any wrongdoing, but is reported to have been overly-charitable in recruiting “black sheep” priests with distinctly chequered pasts, including trainee priests expelled from seminaries for misconduct.

They include a priest who was found guilty of organising an under-age prostitution ring and others who posted nude photos of themselves on Facebook and gay websites.

Given the silence of our secular friends on this one might conclude that it’s an example of the the more “inclusive” church they wish to see.

A series of short thoughts to start this day.

Because I’ve been attending Morning Mass I’ve been missing Morning Joe lately turned it on this morning and immediately the story of Pope Francis meeting with abuse “survivors”. The table commented on him being the first Pope do to so and critiqued Pope Benedict for his “inaction”.

The second statement on Benedict a canard as anyone who has followed the scandals would know if they used any other source than the MSM. However as the show quotes the NYT often there is no excuse for not knowing the former:

Pope Benedict XVI came face to face Thursday with a scandal that has left lasting wounds on the American church, holding an unannounced meeting with several victims of sexual abuse by priests in the Boston area.

Listening to the Francis Good Benedict Bad refrain is like reading Animal Farm’s “four legs good, two legs bad”. Both are good VERY good.

FYI the word “survivors” is odd word here, it implies a person would normally die from an activity. Words mean things, victim would be a much better English.

Speaking of language according to the stats according to 3 out of the 4 victims of Catholic clerical abuse were boys, yet nobody talks about it as a “gay” scandal. Doesn’t fit the narrative.

FYI a lot of people keep insisting that if ONLY priest didn’t have the celibacy requirement this scandal might not have happened. One must assume those making that argument will be shocked ShOCKED by this scandal:

Mr McKelvie, a former child protection worker, prompted police to launch Operation Fernbridge to investigate allegations of sex abuse Elm Guest House in Barnes, south London, after providing information to MP Tom Watson. In 2012 Mr Watson spoke in the Commons of a “powerful paedophile network linked to Parliament and Number 10”.

If ONLY members of Parliament were allowed to marry and were not required to be celibate, I’m sure this would have never happened.

Oh, there are two interesting coincidences concerning this scandal in England, one will seem very familiar:

The UK Home Office has admitted that it can’t find 114 “potentially relevant files” relating to the pedophile scandal engulfing Westminster, in which there are allegations that senior political figures were involved in, or covered up, child sex abuse.

I’ve heard this somewhere before

Loughton also said that to lose so many files “smacks of incompetence or, I fear, some degree of cover-up.”

Some degree of cover up? Who other than Democrats on Elijah Cummings committee and the Democrats in the White House would buy the “incompetence” line?

By an odd coincidence Instapundit notes the release of this study out of England:

The statement that paedophilia is “natural and normal” was made not three decades ago but last July. It was made not in private but as one of the central claims of an academic presentation delivered, at the invitation of the organisers, to many of the key experts in the field at a conference held by the University of Cambridge.
Other presentations included “Liberating the paedophile: a discursive analysis,” and “Danger and difference: the stakes of hebephilia.”

I’ve been writing about this trend for a while as has Stacy McCain and has been for a decade. This is going to get a lot worse before it gets better because it’s always easier to redefine sin than to change behavior.

The city with the strongest gun laws has once again showed the effective of gun laws:

Extra police officers on Chicago’s streets were not enough to quell a long weekend of violence that ended with 14 people shot to death and dozens more injured.

During a Monday news conference, just hours after two more people were shot to death earlier in the day, Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy said his department’s best efforts could not prevent the bloodshed that spiked dramatically on Sunday. Chicago’s total of 53 shooting incidents for the holiday weekend easily eclipsed Detroit and New York combined, which had a total of 46 shooting incidents, 10 of which were fatal.

As long as the gangs are politically valuable to the pols in the city they will not be cracked down on and until that is done this will not change.

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Fighting back tends to work as the Ukrainian government is discovering. in the Ukraine. A few months ago taking back cities:

It was one strike in a scrappy war of raid and counter-raid at which the highly motivated pro-Russian fighters excelled – and which appeared to be locked in a bloody stalemate.

That resistance crumbled suddenly and in the early hours of Saturday morning, following several days of artillery bombardment to which the rebels had no answer.

Gathering their remaining tanks and fighting vehicles, Igor Strelkov, the rebel commander, and his men made a desperate dash for Donetsk, the regional capital 60 miles to the south where the self-declared People’s Republic had established its government.

Just a few months ago the conventional wisdom was Eastern Ukraine would fall. With the west unwilling to help the Ukrainians have decided that they would have to settle things themselves and now it’s Russia who has to decide if it’s worth fighting a way for eastern Ukraine.

Somewhere Ron Paul is smiling.

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Some Doctor Who? The newest season of Doctor who premieres in a month featuring the first full episode of Peter Capaldi as the 13th Doctor picking up from where this scene left off

Unfortunately for the BBC some of the scripts for the new season have leaked to the internet

Five scripts from the upcoming season of Doctor Who have made their way to the Internet following a security breach at BBC and now the network is asking fans of the show to look away from spoilers.

The BBC is asking people not to share those scripts and it seems the fans have agreed. My oldest son, who is if you can believe it a bigger doctor who fan than I am, recieved those scripts them in an e-mail. He deleted them.

Personally if I was a virus writer this would be a golden opportunity as I suspect that most US fans will not be as circumspect in refusing to open or download such an attachment.

Let’s close with some fun I noticed the stories about the Hawkins Index to see how far people have actually read in books.

It brought to mind a story from my high school days. I was in an honors English class and was assigned a long paper on the Brothers Karamazov. I put off reading the book and put it off until the night before the paper was due I realized I hadn’t even started the book let alone the paper.

So I read the first 20 pages and between midnight and 6 AM managed to crank out a paper based on that. I even took the typewriter to school (yes this was in the pre-pc age) and kept typing right up until my first period english class where only my teachers polio induced confinement to a wheelchair prevented her from seeing me bring the typewriter into the room.

I got an “A” I still don’t know how I did it.

Lately Stacy McCain has been doing a large series on sexual criminals.  Yesterday he focused on Teachers

If you pay attention to the news, it’s hard to avoid the conclusion that America’s public schools are staffed by sex-crazed perverts

It’s not his first dive into these waters but this time Glenn Reynolds linked with the line:

Obviously, we need to end mandatory celibacy and let high school teachers marry.

Now this is a story we’ve been covering for a while, but as we’ve also had a real bump in readership in 2013 & 2014 so for new readers at DaTechGuy Blog let me acquaint you with some stories we covered and & posts we did that you might have missed on this subject over the years:

The Guardian April 29th 2010

Sexual abuse scandal rocks Boy Scouts of America after $18.5m payout

 

Organisation accused of cover-up as it seeks to keep thousands of ‘perversion files’ secret

Oddly this subject wasn’t raised when they changed their rules

The Huffington Post 06/09/10 06:12 AM ET Updated: 05/25/11 05:05 PM ET

U.S. Swimming Sex Scandal: Abuse, Molestation, Secret Tapings & More

U.S. swim coaches have molested, groped and secretly taped numerous teenage swimmers over the past decade, according to ABC News. The network counts “36 coaches banned for life for sexual misconduct over the last 10 years” by the U.S. governing body for swimming.

A ten year coverup odd there hasn’t been investigations going back to the 50’s

The Gothamist June 6th 2012:

“Secret History Of Sexual Predators” At Horace Mann

Today, the NY Times published its big weekend magazine feature online, and it’s a sprawling look at decades of alleged sexual abuse at one of New York City’s top private schools. Former student Amos Kimel, who graduated in 1982, begins by describing about the lush campus was a world away from his I.S. 144 in the Bronx, “Shortly after my arrival, a new friend walked me around the school, pointing out teachers to avoid. ‘What do you mean? Like, they’re hard graders?’ ‘No. Perverts. Stay away from them. Trust me.'”

My take at the time:

I can’t help but wonder however, how many of the elite left who read the Times story and beating their breasts over the revelation will be crying for state investigations, changes in state law to investigate both Mann & other schools?

I wonder how many future NYT stories will be written about them and how many on the left will opine about the culture at Horace Mann and how many national stories will be written on the subject?

I don’t remember seeing any, nor about the LA scandals from February 7th 2012

Los Angeles schools Supt. John Deasy told parents Monday evening that the district is replacing the entire staff of Miramonte Elementary School in the wake of the arrests last week of two teachers on lewd conduct charges.

The unprecedented move is intended to build confidence among the many families who have lost faith in their neighborhood elementary school. More than a quarter of students did not show up for classes Monday.

given that fact there was little reaction that day:

Now you would think this would produce headlines and coverage all over the place. A sex scandal involving minors so bad that the entire staff of a school is replaced to restore confidence.

Yet I don’t see any TV coverage, I don’t see any Maureen Dowd columns, I don’t see anyone calling for a comprehensive examination of public schools and waving of statue of limitations for public school teachers. Until and unless the word “Priest” is involved for the story, as far as the MSM is concerned there IS no story.

No story there or on Feb 12, 2012 either

Even after pleading “no contest” and guilty, the two administrators still enjoy full employment with LAUSA today, in fact, LAUSD has since given each administrator a promotion…and not a single journalist has taken note
Double Standard Abuse Scandals and the Attack on the Catholic Church; David F. Pierre, Jr. P 29

Even when the subject was an actor like Cory Feldman talking Hollywood on Aug 10, 2011

“I can tell you that the No. 1 problem in Hollywood was and is and always will be pedophilia. That’s the biggest problem for children in this industry. … It’s the big secret,” Feldman said.

The “casting couch,” which is the old Hollywood reference to actors being expected to offer sex for roles, applied to children, Feldman said. “Oh, yeah. Not in the same way. It’s all done under the radar,” he said.

“I was surrounded by [pedophiles] when I was 14 years old. … Didn’t even know it. It wasn’t until I was old enough to realize what they were and what they wanted … till I went, Oh, my God. They were everywhere,” Feldman, 40, said.

it went nowhere And on Dec 6th 2011 there is was more from Hollywood

Martin Weiss, a 47-year-old Hollywood manager who represented child actors, was charged in Los Angeles on Dec. 1 with sexually abusing a former client. His accuser, who was under 12 years old during the time of the alleged abuse, reported to authorities that Weiss told him “what they were doing was common practice in the entertainment industry.” Weiss has pleaded not guilty.

On Nov. 21, Fernando Rivas, 59, an award-winning composer for “Sesame Street,” was arraigned on charges of coercing a child “to engage in sexually explicit conduct” in South Carolina. The Juilliard-trained composer was also charged with production and distribution of child pornography.

Sesame Street?  Did someone say Sesame Street:

Kevin Clash, the longtime voice and puppeteer behind Sesame Street’s Elmo character, has resigned in the aftermath of allegations that he had underage sexual relationships.

Mr. Clash was first accused last week of sexual improprieties by a 24-year-old man who later recanted. That man has remained anonymous.

On Tuesday, the gossip Web site TMZ reported that a second accuser, Cecil Singleton, has now filed a lawsuit in New York alleging that he had an underage sexual relationship with Mr. Clash almost a decade ago. The report could not immediately be verified.

That was Nov 20th 2012 And the reaction of the left in comments around the web…

Apparently unless the person is a Catholic Priest such claims are purely motivated by money or fame and something has to be done about such accusers.

I submit and suggest that if Kevin Clash was a clergyman these same folks would be out for blood and decrying the Church as an institution.

Exit Question: Clash has been with Sesame Street for a long time , The media has assumed and critics have said the Vatican off in Rome knew about the (legitimate) scandal of priests and swept it under the rug.

Assuming the truth of these accusations I wonder how many of those people who have worked directly with clash for decades as opposed to overseeing him from half a world away knew of his age “preferences” for partners and looked the other way? More importantly will anybody ask those questions as these co-workers, managers and fellow actors are not wearing Roman Collars?

Even though as we reported on April 11th 2010 the stats say otherwise

Insurance companies that cover all denominations, such as Guide One Center for Risk Management, which has more than 40,000 church clients, does not charge Catholic churches higher premiums. “We don’t see vast difference in the incidence rate between one denomination and another,” says Sarah Buckley, assistant vice president of corporate communications. “It’s pretty even across the denominations.” It’s been that way for decades.

The fact that this article appears in Newsweek would shock me until you see it is a web exclusive.

Of course after Tina Brown took over everything at Newsweek became a web exclusive.

Now in fairness there were some legislative attempts in NY to focus on more than just the Catholic Church but we saw how well that went over on  May 3rd, 2010

Lo and behold now that the target is no longer just the church some interesting arguments have suddenly come to the fore:

The excuses are all now tumbling out. The New York City Mayor is concerned about the potential impact for taxpayers. Welcome to the real world, Mayor. Catholics in the pews have seen billions of dollars, donated by them over decades, paid out in compensation to victims of clerical abuse and episcopal failure. It is tough but we have to recognise responsibility.

The State Association of Counties has issued a memo of opposition citing the problem of “significantly aged and clouded” evidence. Well, as we have learnt in the Church, extending the statute of limitations is necessary because the nature of the crime means that it may take a long time before a person is ready to confront the abuse that they have suffered in the past.

The New York State School Boards Association has said that the revelation of past misdeeds would provide no extra protection for children. They should talk to Safeguarding Officials and good lay Catholics who know that the revelation of past crimes is a very strong motivation to provide robust safeguarding procedures.

The most telling line came at the end of my post:

I am simply dying to see how Joe and Mika choose to cover this. I wonder how they will approach it? I’m scheduling this post for Monday morning before the show, so we can see if they touch the New York Law.

They never did, the law never passed.

Meanwhile while all the stories above went unreported the story of the Church cracking down in seminaries and changing rules to stop the problem before it starts.(the Vatican web site is loaded and the link to it has been prominent on the front page for years)  has also been ignored except to attack it as antigay

Now I’m not so naive to think that Glenn’s Instalance of Stacy piece will get the conversation started nationally but I have a suggestion.

Bookmark this link and the next time you hear someone make a snide remark about the church scandal & ending celibacy among Catholic priests cite a few of these examples then go to Stacy’s site and click on the crime link for more.

THEN ask when the Public Schools, Private Schools, Hollywood, the Boy Scouts the US swim team and Sesame Street will end celibacy & allow employees to marry.

Update:  Stacy followed up with a second post with a new gaggle of women teachers that is an excellent answer to those who saw the church crackdown as “anti-gay”

This sarcastic reference to the Catholic priest scandal — for such were the arguments of “reformers” in that context — also points out the falsehood of one common reaction to teacher sex crimes.

Ever since the Debra LaFave case, some people have marveled at instances of female teachers arrested for molesting teenage boys: “But she’s good-looking — why can’t she get a man?”

The assumption is that sexual desperation is the motive for these crimes, when in fact, it’s a matter of sexual preference:  Sure, they can get men, but they don’t want men — they want boys.

Abnormal? Certainly. Uncommon? Not exactly.

Cue the :  If the Church only had women priests or married priests or transgendered priests etc etc etc choir.

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Olimometer 2.52

It’s Monday, and we have so far moved the ball only $22 dollars toward a full paycheck.

While part of that is a new subscriber which moves us closer to our goals in a permanent way one new subscriber  still doesn’t do the trick to  permanently  secure the mortgage and pay DaMagnificent Seven plus our new villager.

But lets focus on the positive with 13 tip jar hits of $25 we will get our first full paycheck of 2014.

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Once we manage that then we’ll worry about catching up on the ground we’re behind.

That new subscriber means we’re now only 57 1/4 more subscribers @ at $20 a month the bills will be paid every week and the problem will be solved on a more permanent basis.  It won’t cover CPAC but it will do all the base bills and that’s what counts

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But you can read about it here:

In a stunning ten-page declaration recently submitted to the Los Angeles County Superior Court, veteran attorney Donald H. Steier stated that his investigations into claims of sexual abuse by Catholic priests have uncovered vast fraud and that his probes have revealed that many accusations are completely false.

Counselor Steier has played a role in over one hundred investigations involving Catholic clergy in Los Angeles.In his missive Mr. Steier relayed, “One retired F.B.I. agent who worked with me to investigate many claims in the Clergy Cases told me, in his opinion, about ONE-HALF of the claims made in the Clergy Cases were either entirely false or so greatly exaggerated that the truth would not have supported a prosecutable claim for childhood sexual abuse” (capital letters are his).

Mr. Steier also added, “In several cases my investigation has provided objective information that could not be reconciled with the truthfulness of the subjective allegations. In other words, in many cases objective facts showed that accusations were false.”

I would have thought something like this might have gotten a headline for two but nope the first time I hear about it is when I’m checking out this story at Lisa Graas on a different subject (Andrew Sullivan and excommunication a good read btw), where I found this tidbit from October that I missed as well:

…in a report titled “Sexual Victimization in Juvenile Facilities Reported by Youth” released earlier this year, a federal Bureau of Justice Statistics survey found an astonishing 10.3 percent of more than 26,000 youth held in state-operated and other large juvenile facilities complained of a “sexual incident” involving facility staff in the previous 12 months.

A few years ago, The Associated Press examined sexual abuse of students by public school teachers. Although reporters couldn’t quantify total complaints, they did discover “more than 2,500 cases over five years in which educators were punished for actions from bizarre to sadistic.” Perhaps more disturbing, “The AP investigation found efforts to stop individual offenders but, overall, a deeply entrenched resistance toward recognizing and fighting abuse . . . . In case after case the AP examined, accusations of inappropriate behavior were dismissed,” while “deals and lack of information-sharing allow abusive teachers to jump state lines, even when one school does put a stop to the abuse.”

In other words, school districts were engaging in the same sort of institutional treatment of offenders that characterized a number of Catholic dioceses in the 1960s, ’70s and early ’80s, and which did so much to damage the church’s reputation.

Well that must be nothing compared to what’s going on in the church today right?

In 2009, by contrast, a total of only six “credible” allegations were lodged against U.S. Catholic priests or deacons for sexual abuse of a minor occurring that year, according to statistics gathered by Georgetown University’s Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate. That’s in a church with more than 41,000 priests and 17,000 deacons. Assuming the clergy will never be staffed entirely by saints — what profession is? — this figure may be about as low as it is likely to go for such a large organization.

that works out to about .58 per 1,000 clergy.

And Lisa has even more interesting numbers in a post from last month.

The newspaper that most attacks the Catholic Church on this issue is the New York Times. According to Laurie Goodstein, “Decades of Damage; Trail of Pain in Church Crisis Leads to Nearly Every Diocese,” New York Times, January 12, 2003, Section 1, p. 1., based on their survey, 1.8 percent of all priests ordained from 1950 to 2001 have been accused of child sexual abuse. The Associated Press found that approximately two-thirds of 1 percent of priests have charges pending against them.

Let’s compare this to Protestant ministers.

According to Philip Jenkins, Pedophiles and Priests (New York: Oxford University Press), pp. 50 and 81, between .2 and 1.7 percent of priests are pedophiles. Among the Protestant clergy, the number is between 2 and 3 percent.

How about Jewish Rabbis?

According to the Awareness Center, the Jewish community is by no means exempt.

How about Public School Teachers?

According to Daniel Wishnietsky, “Reported and Unreported Teacher-Student Sexual Harassment,” Journal of Ed Research, Vol. 3, 1991, pp. 164-69, in New York City alone, at least one child is sexually abused by a school employee every day.

This will never make the national news because as the leading opponent of both Gay Marriage and Abortion in the nation (along with opposing the hook-up culture etc etc etc) the Church is and remains the leading opponent of liberalism embraced by the MSM.

is a must read:

Just as we Catholics love to accuse protestants of “church shopping”, there has never been a time in the Church’s history that Catholics haven’t “priest shopped.” Want to use birth control? Need an annulment? Keep looking and you will find a priest who will lend, perhaps tacitly, a way for you to circumvent doctrine.

After you have finished her first rate post don’t miss the excellent post by Robert Kumpel that she quoted:

We have had individual bishops and/or the USCCB take positions that suggest:

1) Compassion means looking the other way at illegal immigration

2) Compassion means legitimizing homosexuality

3) A politician’s position on abortion is unimportant

4) Environmental concerns trump concern for the unborn

5) It is perfectly permissible (or even laudable) to vote for the most pro-abortion presidential candidate in history

6) Ordaining women is inevitable

7) The Holy Father’s liturgical roadmap is flawed

EVERY ONE OF THESE POSITIONS IS A LIE.

Love means to desire what is good for others. We can disagree about what is good, but goodness is built on the truth.

The biggest problem of the church is not its doctrine, it is those who particularly in positions of authority who ignore, misrepresent or teach it falsely for their own pride and/or popularity. When you have authority you are expected to use it, if you aren’t going to use it then you shouldn’t have it. The great church scandals of the last decade would have been avoid if Bishops and Cardinals did their jobs.

And I remind everyone that Catholicism is a totally voluntary choice. If you want another church there are thousands of other out there. Liberal churches in particular can use the bodies these days. If you don’t like Catholicism don’t be one.

…still no comment on that NY law nor the state trying to duck and dodge their own issues in that regard.

Mika Mika Mika I expect better from you. Perhaps she needs this quote from Katherine Lopez via Fr. Z

While MSNBC waits for the pope’s resignation, he, every day, leads a renewal. In our hearts and in the structure of the Church. I think even the New York Times realizes it. It’s why they grasp at old stories, trying to obscure what’s happening now. And even as they do that, they have to admit, as they recently did, that “there are indications that Benedict had a lower tolerance for sexual misconduct by elite clergy members than other top Vatican officials.”

Reading the statement on the Legion out of the Vatican, I’d conclude no tolerance. If it hadn’t been firm and had teeth, frankly, it would have been a bigger news story. The fact is that Benedict is a leader of renewal, a solution to the problem. He has been and continues to be. And that’s why, while trying to do the opposite, the “Paper of Record” couldn’t help but admit it. At a paper that has a libertine interest in the collapse of the institution that offers something radically countercultural, that has to be bad news. But it’s the news all the same, thanks be to God, working, in part, through our Holy Father today.

If she won’t listen to KJL maybe she will listen to that Catholic Fanatic Ed Koch.

As for the Pope is a big man he likely agrees with Dorothy Day that he can endure anything between two (receptions) of the Eucharist.

…maybe then they wouldn’t be so worried about the potential lawsuits as the Anchoress reported on Friday:

What began as an effort by legislators to expand judicial accountability for sexual abuse by Catholic clergy has grown to cover people in every walk of life. One bill would temporarily suspend the statute of limitations, and allow people who say they were abused as children to file lawsuits up to age 58 — that is, 40 years after they turned 18.

Lo and behold now that the target is no longer just the church some interesting arguments have suddenly come to the fore:

The excuses are all now tumbling out. The New York City Mayor is concerned about the potential impact for taxpayers. Welcome to the real world, Mayor. Catholics in the pews have seen billions of dollars, donated by them over decades, paid out in compensation to victims of clerical abuse and episcopal failure. It is tough but we have to recognise responsibility.

The State Association of Counties has issued a memo of opposition citing the problem of “significantly aged and clouded” evidence. Well, as we have learnt in the Church, extending the statute of limitations is necessary because the nature of the crime means that it may take a long time before a person is ready to confront the abuse that they have suffered in the past.

The New York State School Boards Association has said that the revelation of past misdeeds would provide no extra protection for children. They should talk to Safeguarding Officials and good lay Catholics who know that the revelation of past crimes is a very strong motivation to provide robust safeguarding procedures.

Hat tip to the Hermeneutic of Continuity. I’m sure that as soon as the New York Schools abandon celibacy and allow workers to marry this problem will totally disappear. Just like when the celibacy and marriage requirements were removed from Boy Scout leaders and the US Swim Team.

I am simply dying to see how Joe and Mika choose to cover this. I wonder how they will approach it? I’m scheduling this post for Monday morning before the show, so we can see if they touch the New York Law.

Media bias is not just about how things are reported but about what things people choose to report on.

Of course the Curt Jester has a solution to the whole problem: Government prostitutes!

The Anchoress informs me of an incredible suggestion:

So here is my question for you. What if our bishops chose to do public penance? What if they lay prostrate or knelt in front of their cathedrals as penitents before each Mass on the weekend closest to the feast of St.Peter and Paul or on the feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus or some other appropriate day or days? Or, even better, on the first Friday of every month for the next year starting with the feast of the Sacred Heart or Sts.Peter and Paul? And what if we, as their deacons, as an order in the Church, in all humility, not only called on our bishops to do public penance, but offered to join them in it?

To those who do not understand Catholicism this might not seem like much but within the Church it would be earth shattering, and the suggestion of inclusion of the laity is even better:

As a lay person, I would participate in this prostration, with my pope, my bishops and priests and all the rest. I would participate as a means of communicating to the victims that I have heard them and that I am united to them, angry for them and ashamed on their behalf, and also to express to the whole world that I too am a sinner, in need of mercy. I would prostrate myself as to express unity with the clergy and religious, that they are no more outside of redemption than the rest of us, that they are valued and their healing is as necessary to the Body of Christ as is the healing of the victims.

My participation would also demonstrate my intention to remain within this injured body, contributing to both its weakness and its strengths, because I know my redeemer lives, and that we all shall rise again.

Count me in.