Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Is there no way out of the pedophilia scandal? - By Frank Flinn – Washington University in St. Louis

The following was written by Frank K. Flinn, Ph.D., adjunct professor of religious studies in Arts & Sciences. Flinn is author of The Encyclopedia of Catholicism (2007) and has frequently appeared as an expert in court cases involving church and state issues.

A number of years my entry for the topic “pedophilia” in the 2007 Encyclopedia of Catholicism (2007) with the following: “Nothing has damaged the Catholic Church at the turn of the millennium more than the pedophile scandal. Many observers remain perplexed by the Vatican’s continuing obtuseness toward the seriousness of the scandal.”

Unanabated, the damage continues and the perplexity remains. And the Vatican’s own laws are responsible. In fact, the church is practicing the accusations of heresy that it has fought for centuries. Instead of addressing the problem, its leaders in the Vatican’s inner sanctum offer lame explanations and excuses. 
Read more - By Frank Flinn – Washington University in St. Louis

Ignorance about human sexuality is harmful to children.

“Someday, maybe, there will exist a well-informed, well considered and yet fervent public conviction that the most deadly of all possible sins is the mutilation of a child’s spirit.” Erik Erikson

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