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View Diary: Vatican Says Okey Dokey to Pedophilia (26 comments)

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  •  Canon law be damned (4+ / 0-)

    Man says he was sexually abused by a priest in the 1970s when the man was 14.

    The Church cites a 1917 Canon law that names the age of consent as 16.

    QED, the priest can continue to be a priest.

    The cited news article makes the cogent observation:

    In 1994, American bishops amended the law to change the age of consent from 16 to 18 because it was "awkward to have canon law not mirror civil law," said Nicholas Cafardi, a canon law professor at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh. But the accuser said inappropriate contact took place before age 16, meaning that the significance of his age remains unclear.
    So even though the victim was 14, the priest gets a pass because a 1917 Canon law said the age of consent was 16.  And even today there is in canon law a provision that defines an age of consent for a priest to have sex with a young man or woman.  What about celibacy?

    What am I missing here?  There must be more to it than this.

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