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Published: Thursday, July 17 2014 5:10 a.m. MDT

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Bob A. Bohey
Marlborough, MA

The world has become accustomed to leaders of all religions saying what they must to try to appease their flocks. That is why what comes out of the mouths of religious leaders is taken less seriously as time goes by.

Phoenix, AZ

The higher up the ladder of authority the more sophisticated the sophistry.

John Pack Lambert of Michigan
Ypsilanti, MI

This whole discussion is often plagued by incorrect and not precise terms. The issue is not a pedophilia scandal, the issue is the sexual abuse and exploitation of minors. Many of these people are post-pubescent, and so pedophila is not the issue at all. Many of the issues are people who are clearly attracted sexual to adults, but have chosen sexual relations with minors because it is the easy way to get what they want and use their power to aquire it.

Of course, when some of the allegations are of priests who had sex with 17-year-old young women, and the priests shortly afterward left the ministry and married the women in question, the issues are very complicated. Of course, some of the priests had sex with multiple young women of that age.

While the cases of actual pedophilia get the most press, the vast majority of cases, especially from a study of those accused instead of those allegedly abused, shows that most cases involve post-pubescent young men and women as the victims. To speak of "Pedophilia" is to miss the main issue. It is misuse of power, not flawed attraction.

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