Frank is safely in our Church. As you know I have let him have my blog for several weeks. Now sceptical, mean old Jack is back. Got tossed off several blogs for not kissing the blog owners a..---excuse me, foot. So my first question: In our diocesan paper there was a chart put in by some Catholic church group that was showing progress in the war against clergy abuse. But one thing puzzled me. Percentages were use in the graphic and one said 19 per cent of sexual abuse cases involved clergy and females. No figure was given for male abuse. Now my question is simple; why did it pick only the female percentage? I am aware, of course, that the Church, at least some leaders, have been really excited to find that there is no more sex abuse in the Church than in(as I like to say) Alabama prison guards. I was naive enough to think (fool, that I am) that maybe Catholic clergy might LESS frequestly involve themselves in such abuse. That mistaken notice is probably due to my age--75. It seemed to me that the female figure and not the male figure for abuse might be the Church saying:Listen, we are not sexist, we abuse both sexes. Take that! you feminazis!! The last blog/forum I went to refuse to discuss the issue unless I produced the article. Well, Alice, my wife, threw the paper away. But just assume for a moment the chart did say that, and don't try to squirm out by saying produce the article, any more than I ask the experts on that blog/forum to show me their diplomas. An easy out---produce proof of everything you say.
Anna, I went to Frank's confirmation and alas the wicked old man(me)did shed a tear. You should be so proud to help this young man. Jack