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February 14, 2013

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— Pedophilia leads to evils in church

 This is in response to Anke Turco’s letter on Feb. 8, “Homosexual inclinations reason for abuse,” being the reason for child abuse cases within the Catholic Church.

With a little research, you can find that priests do prey on young girls. But these cases become mostly forgotten as the focus on young boys become central to the media’s portrayal of the abuse cases.

The correct terminology is pedophilia, as these abuse cases do not always have direct correlations to sexual orientation. The abuse simply occurs in different manners.

Multiple young boys are typically abused by a single priest, whereas young girls are usually preyed upon in single numbers. Due to the high regard of the priest in Catholicism, many of these abuse cases become overshadowed.

I have a close relationship with God, however, my God is not attached to a single religion, nor do I define or defend my beliefs by the book. The God that I believe in is tolerant of others regardless of their sex, race, gender or sexual orientation.

Instead of using your religion to define abuse cases by a matter of sexual orientation (based on the rationale that is not agreed upon in your church), perhaps you should use it as a way to open your eyes to justify your reasoning based on the actual facts. Conclusively, pedophilia is the correct reason for the evil that exists within the Catholic Church.

Jared Divido

Nanty Glo

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