Skip to comments.Pope Francis: 'About 2%' of Catholic clergy paedophiles
Posted on 07/14/2014 10:37:45 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
Pope Francis has been quoted as saying that reliable data indicates that "about 2%" of clergy in the Catholic Church are paedophiles.
The Pope said that abuse of children was like "leprosy" infecting the Church, according to the Italian La Repubblica newspaper.
He vowed to "confront it with the severity it demands".
But a Vatican spokesman said the quotes in the newspaper did not correspond to Pope Francis's exact words.
The BBC's David Willey in Rome says there is often a studied ambiguity in Pope Francis' off-the-cuff statements.
He wants to show a more compassionate attitude towards Church teaching than his predecessors, but this can sometimes cause consternation among his media advisers, our correspondent adds.
In the interview, Pope Francis was quoted as saying that the 2% estimate came from advisers. It would represent around 8,000 priests out of a global number of about 414,000.
While the incidence of paedophilia as a psychiatric disorder in the general population is not accurately known, some estimates have put it at less than five percent.
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Make it 0%.
RE: It would represent around 8,000 priests out of a global number of about 414,000.
I wonder if these 8.000 are concentrated more in some geographic location...
The number of pedophile priests, pastors, teachers, day care workers, scoutmasters, camp counselors, child psychologists, etc. will never go to 0%.
If he can give a number like that, then they must have names, right?
Make it 0%.
Why are you joking about this?
Hmm, 2% of the population...where have I heard that before?
This is the stupidest article I have ever read.
First off, those who were there say the Pope didn’t say that.
And why would anyone say something as stupid as that.
If someone knows there are pedophiles(or any other type of criminal) in an organization, he should not be talking. He should be taking immediate action. He should have already been building a case against these people and should have them defrocked, excommunicated and prosecuted.
If someone does not knows then there is nothing to be gained by speculating or guessing.
Identify and prosecute any wrongdoers. But stop blabbering on and on to the media.
Proportion of men who are homosexual: 2%
Proportion of clergy who are pederasts: 2%
Nope, pure coincidence, nothing to see here.
You can be homosexual but not pedophile.
I guess you can also be pedophile but not homosexual.
RE: First off, those who were there say the Pope didnt say that.
Well, the article did use the phrase: Pope Francis “was quoted as saying” more than once.
Isn’t that the same percentage of the general population who are homosexuals?
We just had a case here in the Pittsburgh area. He was a registered offender but still headed up a church and was counseling children.
RE: Isnt that the same percentage of the general population who are homosexuals?
See link in Post #8 above.
How do you figure this is a joke? The Church should remove all paedophile priests once the charges have been substantiated, rather than refuse to deal with the problem by reassigning them to other parishes, attempting to “rehabilitate” them, etc.
“a Vatican spokesman said the quotes in the newspaper did not correspond to Pope Francis’s exact words.”
I don't know what was actually said, but my point still stands.
If you know there is problem, do something.
If you don't know, don't speculate and guess to the media.
Make it 0%.
Don’t get smart with me. You’re the one who said 0%. You should have put a /s.
Do you have a reading comprehension problem?
no but you have a smart ass problem
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