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    Quote Originally Posted by ahippiechic View Post
    A perv is a perv, married or not. If they are attracted to young boys, I don't think marrying a woman is going to make that attraction go away.

    You are right about that!

    I really dont care if they marry or not. I just wish they would leave the young boys alone.
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    Quote Originally Posted by fairydana View Post
    Well seriously! Maybe they wouldnt be hiding and molesting boys who 99 times out of 100 arent going to tell on them, if they could have a relationship with a woman in the open!

    I understand what is being said about being a pedophile. But how can any of you explain the high percentage of Priests being Pedophiles.

    In my opinion it is because they have to hide the fact that they have a sexual need. So they do it with young boys in hopes that they dont tell!

    I may be wrong. Really I dont care whether they marry or not but I do think the percentage of molestation would go down tremendously if they were allowed to marry!

    Do you have any data/link/source to represent what the actual percentage of priests that are pedohiles? Seriously? What is the 'high' percentage? and what is it being compared to that it is so 'high'?

    There are many careers out there that attract pedophiles as well.......usually those with involvement of young children. I guess Boys Scout leaders are all pedophiles too....

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    Do you have any data/link/source to represent what the actual percentage of priests that are pedohiles? Seriously? What is the 'high' percentage? and what is it being compared to that it is so 'high'?
    The catholic church of Boston. Over 100 people were molested by priests. I never trusted the church because my grandfather was molested way back by a priest and when all this **** went down a few years it just solidified it for me. I don't trust men around my kids and men of "god" are the main ones.
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    I totally understand why the Catholics don't want their priest to marry. The priest are called at all hours of the night by hospitals, jails, church members etc. Many woman would be upset having to deal with that. It is hard on a marriage. If they don't marry then they are able to put 100% focus on the Lord's work, opposed to spliting it with a family.

    I imagine not being allowed to have sex might play a role in molestation of boys in a Catholic all boy school. I know that men that go to prison for years and years normally have a "boyfriend" on the inside, but once they are out, they are with a woman and a woman only. So there may be something to it?

    I sure wouldn't want to have a say in it. Its their religion and I wouldn't try to change it. If I were Catholic and didn't like it, then I would simply get out.
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    Interesting sites---may answer some questions.

    http://www.ask.com/bar?q=What+is+the...ts-molest.html

    http://www.ask.com/bar?q=What+is+the...Fepidstudy.php

    Both of these web sites may have their own agendas---one is a Catholic site and the other is Freedom From Religion site---both sides are represented. You make up your mind how they answer.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jeanea33 View Post
    I dont think marriage would change the child molestion issues. Since they are molesting little boys, I would assume they are gay rather than straight.
    I had to reply. It is a myth that homosexuality and pedophilia are related. Most pedophiles are straight. And, there are many girls who have been molested by priests...and ministers...and teachers, etc. It isn't limited to 'altar boys'.
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    Well I am just pointing out the difference in different pedophiles. Those who prefer boys would be gay, those who prefer girls would be straight. We know there are pedophiles of each persuasion.

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    Quote Originally Posted by janelle View Post
    Well I am just pointing out the difference in different pedophiles. Those who prefer boys would be gay, those who prefer girls would be straight. We know there are pedophiles of each persuasion.

    NOT necessarily!
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    Quote Originally Posted by pepperpot View Post
    Do you have any data/link/source to represent what the actual percentage of priests that are pedohiles? Seriously? What is the 'high' percentage? and what is it being compared to that it is so 'high'?

    There are many careers out there that attract pedophiles as well.......usually those with involvement of young children. I guess Boys Scout leaders are all pedophiles too....


    Well I didnt know that I had to have data quoted to have an opinion. I never said that all priests are pedophiles. Some Boy Scout Leaders are pedophiles. They are everywhere!

    We have heard time and time again about young boys being molested or abused through the news. To me it does seem high. Do I have anything to compare it to? No.
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    The following is from Insurance companies ONLY in cases paid out. This does NOT include cases churches have not reported to their insurance companies. These reports related to complaints of child sex abuse by Protestant clergy in the United States were released by the insurance companies to The Associated Press (2007 report).
    * Protestant clients: 96,000
    * Top churches insured: United Methodist -- 10,000 churches; Southern Baptist -- 9,600; Assemblies of God -- 4,000; Evangelical Lutheran Church in America -- 3,300
    * Complaints: average of 100 each year for the past decade
    * Claims paid: declined to release because company deems figure proprietary information
    * Protestant clients: 45,000
    * Top churches insured: Baptist -- 10,922 churches;
    Presbyterian --2,812; Lutheran -- 2,665; United Methodist -- 1,742
    * Complaints: average of 160 each year for the past two decades
    * Claims paid: about $4 million each year for the past five years for child sex abuse and sexual misconduct settlements, excluding attorney fees
    * Protestant clients: 30,000
    * Top churches insured: Southern Baptists -- 4,000 churches; Assemblies of God -- 2,300; United Methodist and Baptist -- 2,000 each
    * Complaints: average of 73 of both child sex abuse and other sexual misconduct each year for the past 15 years
    * Claims paid: about $7.8 million for sexual misconduct and child sex abuse in the past 15 years.
    Source: www.stopbaptistpredators.org

    Now lets look at statistics comparing the abuse problem between the Catholic Church and Protestant churches. The reports show that LESS than 1.7 Catholic priests are pedophiles while 2 to 3 percent of Protestant (and often married) ministers are pedophiles.
    "Penn State professor Philip Jenkens reported that between 2 to 3 percent of Protestant clergy are pedophiles. His same study reported that less than 1.7 percent of Catholic priests are pedophiles. There is simply no reason to think that clergy child molesters are solely a Catholic problem." - source-Philip Jenkins, Pedophiles and Priests (New York: Oxford University Press), pp. 50 and 81.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fairydana View Post
    Well I didnt know that I had to have data quoted to have an opinion. I never said that all priests are pedophiles. Some Boy Scout Leaders are pedophiles. They are everywhere!

    We have heard time and time again about young boys being molested or abused through the news. To me it does seem high. Do I have anything to compare it to? No.
    You DON'T have to post any data for your opinion here and those that think you do need to go somewhere else to DEBATE this topic.
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