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The Holy Father is turned on by children
Last Sunday, National Review editor Rich Lowry said of priestly abuse, “A lot of these cases don’t involve the molestation of little boys, pedophilia. [They] involve having sex with teen-age boys, which is more sort of homosexual behavior. … I’m not justifying it. It’s just not something heterosexual men do.” Yesterday, Cardinal Francis George of Chicago added that the church should allow “wiggle room” in punishing abusive priests. “There is a difference between a moral monster like [homosexual molester Father John] Geoghan, who preys upon little children, and does so in a serial fashion, and someone who perhaps under the influence of alcohol engages in an action with a 17- or 16-year-old young woman who returns his affection,” said George.
Less than a week after discussing the church's sexual abuse scandal with Pope John Paul II, U.S. Roman Catholic cardinals Sunday defended their decision not to adopt a "zero tolerance" policy against priests accused of abusing minors.
There is a consensus that anyone who is thought to be a danger to children should not be in ministry. Where there is disagreement is over what to do with a priest who was involved in nonserial abuse 20 or 30 years ago and has been clean ever since
(d) SENSE OF CONGRESS. - It is the sense of Congress that -
(1) the suspension of questioning concerning homosexuality as part of the processing of individuals for accession into the Armed Forces under the interim policy of January 29, 1993. should be continued, but the Secretary of Defense may reinstate that questioning with such questions or such revised questions as he considers appropriate if the Secretary determines that it is necessary to do so in order to effectuate the policy set forth in section 654 of title 10, United States Code, as added by subsection (a); and
ART. 125. SODOMY
Under the previously mentioned Article 125, adultery and sodomy are prohibited conduct. Sodomy has unique definitions in the military however. For instance, while faithful married heterosexuals may not , at least in theory, engage in anal sex (and who, aside from sexually dysfunctional politicans, is really inspecting what happens between their sheets anyway?), unmarried homosexuals may not even utter they are gay. No, this is not an error. The simple statement of one's homosexuality or bisexuality creates a "rebuttable presumption" that the servicemember engages in homosexual acts, or has the "propensity or intent to do so." In other words, having sex and saying you're gay is considered identical conduct and results in identical consequences.
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