Via Andrew Sullivan's blog we hear from Father Benedict Groeschel, the director of the Office for Spiritual Development for the Catholic Archdiocese of New York:
People have this picture in their minds of a person planning to — a psychopath. But that's not the case. Suppose you have a man having a nervous breakdown, and a youngster comes after him. A lot of the cases, the youngster — 14, 16, 18 — is the seducer ... It's not so hard to see — a kid looking for a father and didn't have his own — and they won't be planning to get into heavy-duty sex, but almost romantic, embracing, kissing, perhaps sleeping but not having intercourse or anything like that.Most of us don't find child rape "interesting." But then again, most of us don't run the Catholic church.
It's an understandable thing ... there are the relatively rare cases where a priest is involved in a homosexual way with a minor. I think the statistic I read recently in a secular psychology review was about 2%. Would that be true of other clergy? Would it be true of doctors, lawyers, coaches?
Here's this poor guy — [Penn State football coach Jerry] Sandusky — it went on for years. Interesting: Why didn't anyone say anything? Apparently, a number of kids knew about it and didn't break the ice. Well, you know, until recent years, people did not register in their minds that it was a crime. It was a moral failure, scandalous; but they didn't think of it in terms of legal things.
And they're still making excuses for child rapists, while telling the rest of us how to live. Newsflash: I don't take moral advice from men who rape, and aid and abet, the rape of small children.
Even better: The National Catholic Register is now apologizing for publishing the accurate comments of the church leader. They're suggesting he may have lost his mind. Right, because no Catholic leader has ever tried to blame the victim or excuse the rape of children.
I agree with Josh Marshall of Talking Points Memo who says this is the "stupidest thing I ever heard."
Democrats wish they had the diversity of speakers and deep bench [of the GOP] to show America -Chuck Todd on the RNC
Democrats wish they had the diversity of the GOP? I think you may have it backwards, Chuck.
This is what passes for wisdom inside the beltway and perhaps the Dick Morris School of Non-Observation. Todd is clearly following the bullshit-artist model pioneered by Mark Halperin. It's a golden ticket into the Hall of the Very Serious.
After a convention in which literally every minority in the Republican Party gets to take the stage and chant about the things that "they" (read: the white people watching them) built, it's time to reflect on how awesome it's going to be when America is majority-minority and the GOP is ascendant. After all, Chuck Todd says that Democrats are super totes jeals over all the diversity at the GOP convention!
Or not, because Lindsey Graham had to go open his stupid turdface mouth.
"The demographics race we're losing badly," said Sen. Lindsey O. Graham (S.C.). "We're not generating enough angry white guys to stay in business for the long term."
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First off, we learn that the Mormon involvement in Prop 8 was unusually large, even for them:
"We've spoken out on other issues, we've spoken out on abortion, we've spoken out on those other kinds of things," said Michael R. Otterson, the managing director of public affairs for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, as the Mormons are formally called, in Salt Lake City. "But we don't get involved to the degree we did on this."Then we find out that Mormons were 80% to 90% of early volunteers:
The California measure, Proposition 8, was to many Mormons a kind of firewall to be held at all costs.
Shortly after receiving the invitation from the San Francisco Archdiocese, the Mormon leadership in Salt Lake City issued a four-paragraph decree to be read to congregations, saying "the formation of families is central to the Creator's plan," and urging members to become involved with the cause.One lead Mormon gave $1m:
"And they sure did," Mr. Schubert said.
Jeff Flint, another strategist with Protect Marriage, estimated that Mormons made up 80 percent to 90 percent of the early volunteers who walked door-to-door in election precincts.
On Oct. 28, Mr. Ashton, the grandson of the former Mormon president David O. McKay, donated $1 million. Mr. Ashton, who made his fortune as co-founder of the WordPerfect Corporation, said he was following his personal beliefs and the direction of the church....And then to finally throw in a slur, the top Mormon donor, and son of a former Mormon leader, refers to us as "fruit":
In the end, Protect Marriage estimates, as much as half of the nearly $40 million raised on behalf of the measure was contributed by Mormons.
[T]he extent of the protests has taken many Mormons by surprise. On Friday, the church's leadership took the unusual step of issuing a statement calling for "respect" and "civility" in the aftermath of the vote.
"Attacks on churches and intimidation of people of faith have no place in civil discourse over controversial issues," the statement said. "People of faith have a democratic right to express their views in the public square without fear of reprisal."
Mr. Ashton described the protests by same-sex marriage advocates as off-putting. "I think that shows colors," Mr. Ashton said. "By their fruit, ye shall know them."