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Unholy Conduct

The Roman Catholic church is reeling over yet more revelations of priests doing particularly unholy things. And the situation is not being helped by spokesmen who seem to have a penchant for swallowing their feet.

A vast cache of child pornography and photos of young priests having sex has been discovered at a Roman Catholic seminary, officials said Monday, leading politicians and church leaders to demand a criminal probe and the resignation of the bishop in charge.

Bishop Kurt Krenn, who oversees the diocese, refused to step down, however, dismissing the images as a “childish prank.”

A poor choice of words in the circumstances, I would have thought.

But Krenn is versatile. He is also adept at the art of understatement.

Krenn, 68, issued a statement calling the accusations groundless while conceding that he “may have made some wrong personnel decisions” at the seminary.

If I was the Church, I would be putting this man out to pasture. And these Bishops are not helping matters either:

The Austrian Bishops Conference issued a statement pledging a full and swift internal investigation.

“Anything that has to do with the practice of homosexuality or pornography has no place at a seminary for priests,” it said.

So according to these Bishops, the problem here is homosexuality and pornography. But child sex is fine?

I am assuming that the Church wishes these Bishops had taken a vow of silence.

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David Lange

A law school graduate, David Lange transitioned from work in the oil and hi-tech industries into fulltime Israel advocacy. He is a respected commentator and Middle East analyst who has often been cited by the mainstream media
Picture of David Lange

David Lange

A law school graduate, David Lange transitioned from work in the oil and hi-tech industries into fulltime Israel advocacy. He is a respected commentator and Middle East analyst who has often been cited by the mainstream media
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