The Pope announced that men with a tendency to molest children will not be allowed to be priests! Yay! How many kids do you get to molest before you have a “tendency”?
Let’s see – my kids’ school has a zero tolerance policy for drugs and weapons (even fake weapons) but the Catholic Church is not willing to have a zero tolerance policy for raping children. I’m sorry — this just makes me so mad I want to spit and yet I guess it is a good development because it represents a movement from, “molestation . . . what molestation? that never happens” to “we really don’t like that but you can do it some.”
EDITED 10:49 am — In the 5 minutes it took me to write this, the NY Times has already changed the headline to “Pope says church will bar pedophile priests.” That reads a whole lot different from “will exclude those with a tendency to molest children.” The article still includes that quote though.
Of course what matters is what they actually DO, but I didn’t want you all to think I am a nut job (any more than you already do, of course — that goes without saying).