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May 19th, 2011
08:47 AM ET

Reports conclusion called 'absolutely absurd'

Anderson Cooper speaks with Richard Hoatson about a new report on abuse of minors by Catholic priests.

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  1. chief

    re cathmon, thessalonian, or gerald the priest... one of you answer.... assuming the person never heard of catholocism but has studied Gods word and is beyond reproach,,,,, if they are not catholic and never have been, can you experience all of Gods greatness and the Oneness of God if you arent? if one thinks its blasphemous to have the dead intercede to God for you, can they have the same closeness to God as a catholic? if one thinks the whole sainthood thing is a joke, can they have the same closeness to God as a catholic?

    May 21, 2011 at 8:49 pm |
    • CatholicMom

      chief,
      It is just my opinion, but I would say ‘no’ to your question about whether someone can experience all of God’s greatness and the Oneness of God if you are not Catholic. They may believe they can because they do not know the fullness of Truth as the Church is able to give us.

      If someone has never been to a hospital for severe illness and tries to only use his home remedies to maintain health, someone who knows the goodness of receiving the best in health care would want to direct a very ill person who is near death to seek help.

      May 22, 2011 at 9:56 am |
    • chief

      re catholicmom..... your analogy was about as stupid as all the others that support catholicism.... your response of "no" is admirable.... most catholics dance around the question..... and your response of "no" demonstrates the arrogance and elite mentalaity of catholcs..... you should never call yourselves Christian..... that makes me sick.... you should call yourself followers of the catholic church ( which isnt no where close to what Christ would want )

      May 22, 2011 at 1:44 pm |
    • ghunt

      My answer. In heaven you will know the fullness of the truth. On earth we are responsible for what God has given us, each is not given equally, that is clear. I leave God to judge anyone who is not Catholic and even those who are Catholic are held more accountable for the greater responsibility they are given. The priests for instance who have not repented of their terrible sins of abuse will be in the deeper regions of hell. What is concerning to me though Chief is your venemous hatred of Catholicism and of us Catholics. Hatred is not going to get you in heaven and you show alot of it.

      May 22, 2011 at 2:32 pm |
    • ghunt

      Chief, do you think you are beyond reproach?

      May 22, 2011 at 2:33 pm |
    • CatholicMom

      chief,
      I am Christian BECAUSE I am Catholic!

      May 22, 2011 at 5:19 pm |
    • chief

      re ghunt, catholicmom .... i never said i hated catholics, i do despise the catholic organization though, its systematic control of people by using God as a fear stick is wrong.... its allegiance to itself it above God, its use of pagan concepts that arent biblical is wrong, its exclusionary montra and chest beating hipocritical elitism isnt Christian at all.....

      btw your arent Christian because your catholic.... you may be if your Christ like... and you say people that are catholic may be held higher in accountability because they are catholic.... your right, its because the catholic organiztion leads people away from God to the church.... the real church isnt catholicism ....

      also ,,, i do hate peds and those that protect or defend them.... . some of your comrads do often

      May 23, 2011 at 8:41 am |
    • ghunt

      Chief, thanks for your chest beating reply. I notice you avoided my last question. Give it another try.

      May 23, 2011 at 5:34 pm |
    • chief

      re grunt : thanks for your dress wearing idol worshiping pedaphile protecting remark..... no, i am not beyond reproach but if i were catholic i would think i am.... i would go into a little booth and tell some guy that i was sorry and he would tell me to chant 10 hail marys and 10 our fathers and it would be all better.... seems like a copout to me... but then again im not catholic .... truly, i do feel sorry for you people that follow that catholic montra.... not kidding or sarcastic about that

      May 23, 2011 at 8:09 pm |
    • CatholicMom

      chief,
      You have every right to believe as you wish. Keep searching for the Truth…ask the Holy Spirit to help you along your way. Try to read some Catholic books instead of believing everything every anti-Catholic says. Find your way to the Truth…you can do it if you’re sincere and want to for your own satisfaction. You are not alone in having these total anti-Catholic thoughts but you do not have to live with these feelings of anger towards the Church; do your research; read the Church Fathers and Doctors. Consult with other protestant persons who found their way home though they never believed home would be found in the Catholic Church. Do it for yourself. God bless you………….

      May 24, 2011 at 4:46 pm |
    • gerald

      Chief,

      I truly thank your for your remarks as well as they show your inability to dialogue in a respectful way, the root of which is a desire for self exaltation. God bless you.

      I agree with cmom.

      May 25, 2011 at 1:03 pm |
    • chief

      re greald... and catholicmom.... i had a comment that has been blocked for some reason.... you people are fools and leading people down the wrong path....

      May 26, 2011 at 12:01 pm |
    • chief

      re gerald... if i were priest i would do anything the church said too... since in many cases the catholic church defends priest no matter what they do..... right priest?

      May 26, 2011 at 12:02 pm |
    • gerald

      No chief you are really not right about much of anything.

      May 27, 2011 at 3:20 pm |
    • gerald

      By the way you continue to call me priest as if to shame me. I am not one. I wish I were. It is a noble profession to give ones life for the service of Christ. Those who have committed these vile acts do it a great disservice. There have been many great priests throughout history. Your hatred of them is duly noted. Hatred won't get you in to heaven chief.

      May 27, 2011 at 3:22 pm |
  2. CurtJa

    " The designation is unfair. Fewer than 5% of abusive priests could be classed as paedophiles because most of their victims were between ages 11 and 14."

    The excuses are just...wow. The modern Catholic church is among the most vile and disgusting organizations this world knows, and the excuses of its supporters have long since worn thin.

    May 21, 2011 at 12:17 am |
  3. gerald

    Anybody care that out of 70million Catholics and 45,000 priests there were only 6 substantiated cases of abuse last year by anyone on the payroll of the Catholic Church in the US. That is a substantial decline. The CC is cleaning up it's act but noone will report it.

    May 20, 2011 at 5:12 pm |
    • chief

      spoken from the mouth of a priest.... the peds this year will be caught 10 years from now.... your apologetics make me sick ... basically your type are either pedaphile simpithizers, haters of children or both.... you pick, your sick either way

      May 21, 2011 at 8:36 pm |
    • ghunt

      You don't get it chief. The peds 10 years ago should be caught today. There have been few new allegations of those either. Go out and do a web search and find me any accusations over the last year at all!

      May 22, 2011 at 2:35 pm |
    • chief

      re ghunt: i do get it but dont defend it.... the point was that those attrocities being committed today will not be found out until about 10 years from now..... same thing happened in the 50's 60's, 70's.... oh no, no problems here.... and now that they are being made known, your retort is either that was a long time ago.... or that doesnt happen now.... for kids sake i hope its getting better.... time will tell who has fell and who's been left behind.... whne you go your way and i go mine...

      May 23, 2011 at 8:45 am |
  4. k.reid

    "I LOVE THE TRUTH!" READ THE WORD, THIS IS ALL IN THERE. THE BEAST IS HIDING BEHIND THE CLOTH. RECOGNIZE THAT THE FALSE PROPHET WILL PROFESS THAT HE IS GOD. 2 THESSALONIANS 9 10 11 VERSE 11 REVEALS THAT GOD SHALL SEND "STRONG DELUSION" TO ALL WHO WILLINGLY BELIEVE HIS LIES. ALSO, READ- ISAIAH 14: 12-14 SATAN, HAVING ALWAYS WANTING TO REPLACE GOD WITH HIMSELF WILL SPEAK THROUGH THIS HUMAN RELIGIOUS LEADER AND DECLARE TO THE WORLD THAT HE IS, IN FACT GOD!

    May 20, 2011 at 4:37 pm |
    • CatholicMom

      k.reid,
      My, do tell us the rest of the story! Who is this human that says he is God? A reliable docu-mented source would be appreciated.

      May 20, 2011 at 6:10 pm |
  5. TomassoTucson

    The John Jay college has sold out their credability by makiing such a watered down account. I'll wait for the non fiction report.

    May 20, 2011 at 3:01 pm |
    • chief

      john jay had no cred anyway.... he is just an educated simpithizer

      May 21, 2011 at 8:37 pm |
  6. Lorraine Ferrick

    I have had my fill of the Catholic church...it is impossible to change what it is.....wasted effort and time and money
    to try to do what can't be done. Only God and the Holy Spirit can do that work...if one allows it.....we all have
    that God given GIFT of choice..so be strong and "leave" go elsewhere...and to not feel guilty about it. May God
    richly Bless You and Help you to be strong in Him and the truth will set you free from this bondage.

    May 20, 2011 at 10:18 am |
  7. Kay4Justice

    Interesting (non)comments on a very serious subject. I too am biased against this so-called church exactly because of "loyal" pew people who make remarks that are cruel and thoughtless about those of us who want this abuse stopped on all levels of society. All of you who are guilty of this should aplogize to Anderson Cooper and Bob Hoatson. You won't, of course, because you are too small to see the elphants in your own living rooms. Shame on you!

    May 19, 2011 at 11:49 pm |
  8. omg!!

    harold camping has a ton of MONEY/ http://losangeles.ibtimes.com/articles/148239/20110519/may-21st-doomsday-does-harold-camping-s-ministry-have-money.htm

    May 19, 2011 at 11:45 pm |
  9. thessalonian

    This guy is abused? If you do a bit of googling about him you find out the abuse he claims is that his bishop gave him too much work to do by his assessment. Then you find out that he is suing the church for inappropriately firing him from a job. They did not fire him. He asked to be relieved of his duties, then some months later they followed through and he said he got fired. This guy has issues. But that is whom the news always chooses to get for their experts on the Church.

    May 19, 2011 at 3:12 pm |
    • CatholicMom

      thessalonian,

      And there is this:

      Father Robert Hoatson and Fr. Kenneth Lasch, founders of Road to Recovery are /were priests who are dissenting Catholics and wish to dismantle the Church just as any fallen away Catholic might want, just because the Church isn’t doing things ‘their way’.

      So what are they disgruntled about? Here is what Lasch’s had to say: ‘In most instances s3xual abuse of the young by the clergy is symptomatic of a serious s3xual disorder. This behavior is also criminal in nature according to both the canon and civil law.'

      Being a priest he would know that priests were treated for this condition in the same manner as other s3x offenders; upon completing their treatment, were placed back in society to work as usual or in the case of a priest, in a diocese to continue in his priesthood.

      Bishops stated that there can is ‘Zero Tolerance’ for clergy abuse.

      Lansch said, ‘While we are troubled with the notion of zero tolerance, we accept it reluctantly as an appropriate response to abusive priests in the wake of life long damage to the souls of thousands of innocent victims of s3xual abuse. Yet we insist that accused clerics be accorded the due process that is their right in Canon and Civil law and that allegations be investigated by an objective, professional and non-church affiliated ent!ty. Only then will Zero Tolerance have credibility and be a reflection of justice for victims.’ AND, he stated… ‘we are dismayed by the readiness of our bishops to impose this penalty on abusive priests….’

      Do not Lansch and Hoatson realize that the ‘zero tolerance policy’ includes bishops who abuse children as well as priests who have abused?

      Some priests who feel their superiors have slighted them will go to great lengths to avenge themselves. They will even leave the Church that they know to be the one founded by Jesus Christ to try to get others to see it ‘their way’. They have a few followers, dissenters, also,…many who have had positions of authority in their lives and many of these people plan to make the Catholic Church into a protestant one….somewhat how it must have happened in Martin Luther’s day….
      You have a priest who is going to stop the abuses in the Church [a very good thing!] who ends up going overboard….leaves the Church, gets married, produces new doctrine and a few may follow him down that path and then they break off and start new coalitions and on it goes……………Good Lord, help us!

      “I appeal to you, brethren, to take note of those who create dissensions and difficulties, in opposition to the
      doctrine which you have been taught; avoid them. For such persons do not serve our Lord Christ, but their own appet!tes, and by fair and flattering words they deceive the hearts of the simple-minded.” (Romans 16:17-18)

      “ I am astonished that you are so quickly deserting him who called you in the grace of Christ and turning to a
      different gospel – not that there is another gospel, but there are some who trouble you and want to pervert the
      gospel of Christ. But even if we, or an angel from heaven, should preach to you a gospel contrary to that which we preached to you, let him be accursed….” (Gal 1:6-8)

      May 19, 2011 at 3:57 pm |
    • thessalonian

      Well said CM.

      May 19, 2011 at 4:59 pm |
    • Joanne

      What this man is saying is absolutely correct. Where do you get your information about how many problems this man has? The bishop feed it to you? I support all of the good hearted and generous people who work on behalf of the victims and their healing. He is right the image is all that matters to the heriachy but this time they keep shooting themselves in the foot. This is not brain surgery...the children were horribly hurt and defiled and you are standing up for those who hurt them. What if it was your child? Start personalizing this situation. These were gigantic crimes against children and their trusting parents. Shane on you to tear this man down to discredit the horrible things that happened to the children. The heirachy of the church is not what is important but the gospel of Jesus Christ is what is important. And the Gospel would not support the crap the heirachy is throwing at the public and those who were wounded. Catholics if you want your Catholic church to change STOP THE MONEY, DO NOT FILL THE PEWS ON SUNDAY, QUIT ENABLING THESE CRIMINALS! MAKE JESUS THE CENTER OF THE CATHOLIC CHURCH AGAIN. And by the way...DO NOT USE THE NEW MISSALS...IF THEY CANNOT PAY THE VICTIMS THEIR SETTLEMENTS THAN HOW THE HECK DID THEY PAY FOR THESE STUPID MISSALS WE DO NOT NEED...PAY THE VICTIMS. IT IS THE LEAST WE CAN DO FOR THEIR SUFFERING AND PAIN.

      May 20, 2011 at 12:09 am |
    • CatholicMom

      Joanne,

      If you want to change the Catholic Church to suit your ways you will have to consult with the Holy Spirit.

      Acts Of Apostles 5:39 But if it be of God, you cannot overthrow it, lest perhaps you be found even to fight against God. And they consented to him.

      Apocalypse (Revelation) 17:14 These shall fight with the Lamb, and the Lamb shall overcome them, because he is Lord of lords, and King of kings, and they that are with him are called, and elect, and faithful.

      May 20, 2011 at 7:27 am |
  10. Ed

    As a catholic I would love to be able to defend the church but I can't this is just bull-$h-it. It looked like they would finally take some responsibility but they let us down again. Too all bishops and preists stop making accu-ses and take responsibilty. How dare you blame any one else for this.

    I will continue to be catholic in faith but will disa-ssociate my self form the church

    May 19, 2011 at 1:49 pm |
    • thessalonian

      Then you will not be Catholic. You are not now. You consider yourself better than the Church which is made up of sinners. You are one also.

      May 19, 2011 at 3:09 pm |
    • Ed

      I don't consider my self better then other sinners but the church needs to rtake responsiblity for its failing not make excuses its the organization I have a problem with not the faith. The church is meant to be a guide to our relationship with God. the church is not God. It is the leaders of the church that have failed their responsibility to use the followers and to God that have caused this probelm. Then they make excuses and point fingers at everything else. I beleive in God ans I think from a theoligic point of view the catholics are the moust right. But from a behavior and leadership point of view they are failing miserably. Not the followers or the belief but the leaders and the responsibililty.

      If I walked into the church as aalcoholic and said to the preist its not my fault father my dad was mean to me, my job is stressful or any other excuse the preist would tell me to stop making excuses and admit at least to my self that I'm a drunk. He would offer to help me but he would make me take responsibility. Thats what I want the church to do. Take resposibilty they can't fix it till they do.

      May 19, 2011 at 3:21 pm |
    • thessalonian

      Nothing in what was said denies personal responsibility. It points to societal problems but only one who lacks logic would equate that to saying these priests are not accountable for their own actions. CatholicMom does a good job of addressing that above. 11 out of 12 apostles abandoned Jesus at the cross. This was a worse scandal than this abuse. Did Jesus abandon them? No. He still made them the leaders in their frailty. Its so easy to broad brush in all of this. It's so easy to accuse when there are so many distortions that are thrown at us every day. Not everything posted on CNN is true. Not all of it is false by a long shot either.

      May 19, 2011 at 4:57 pm |
    • Frogist

      @thessalonian: Actually Ed is correct in his assessment. If the Church does not point the finger squarely at itself, but instead wants to lay the blame on the se-xual revolution, not only is it dishonest, it's also ridiculous.
      But I think it will be hard for you to see this because just your position that se-xual abuse of children is somehow better than Jesus abandonment by his disciples, makes me see you for what you are. A zealot.

      May 19, 2011 at 5:15 pm |
    • CatholicMom

      Ed,

      You surely don’t believe ALL priests and bishops are doing wrong.

      Everything that Jesus did for us, His reasons for becoming Incarnate, are found in His Church, the Catholic Church which He founded.

      Remember what Jesus said to His Apostle’s after the Jews and disciples left Him because they did not believe His Words about Him being the bread of Life and that He is Real Food…He said to His Apostles, ‘Are you going to leave, also?’

      If you leave, Ed, you will no longer be Catholic, just like thessalonian said. How will you keep your faith if you don’t feed it with the Truth, Sacraments, and grace from the Church? This is exactly what satan is hoping for…one by one…anyway he can do it, he will try to get you and everyone else to stay away from the Church so your faith will weaken.

      You are right, things have not always gone as they should; people sin; but Jesus Christ has not abandoned His Church. Our holy Father has just sent another bishop packing because he was preaching heresy and would not stop it. The word will get around…those who wish to do wrong…no matter what it is….they will not get by with it forever, they will be found out and given the boot if they refuse to repent and amend their lives.

      Jesus Christ has promised to return for His Church, His Bride; please, think about your decision and pray to do the right thing.

      May 19, 2011 at 9:59 pm |
    • Stevie7

      Jesus may have let his apostles take the helm after forsaking him, but when the apostles were confronted, I don't remember them trying to excuse, deflect, or coverup their behavior. Comparing the coverup of such henous crimes to people doing what all of us humans (and all life) do naturally – preserve their own life, is disengenous at best. If more Catholic were like Ed and actual took a stand against evil and injustice, maybe the Church would actually change its ways. Instead, too many of the flock want to deflect blame. Is it any wonder why nearly one third of people who were raised Catholic no longer consider themselves to be so according to a Pew study?

      May 19, 2011 at 10:24 pm |
    • CatholicMom

      Frogist,

      If thessalonian is zealous, good for him!

      "But do not ignore this one fact, beloved, that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. The Lord is not slow about his promise as some count slowness, but is forbearing toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance. . . . Since all these things are thus to be dissolved, what sort of persons ought you to be in lives of holiness and godliness, waiting for and hastening the coming of the day of God, because of which the heavens will be kindled and dissolved, and the elements will melt with fire! But according to his promise we wait for new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells. Therefore, beloved, since you wait for these, be zealous to be found by him without spot or blemish, and at peace" (2 Pet. 3:8–14).

      May 20, 2011 at 8:34 am |
    • jimtanker

      I can quote nonsensical bible verses too.

      Ezekiel 23:20
      There she lusted after her lovers, whose genitals were like those of donkeys and whose emission was like that of horses.

      May 20, 2011 at 8:38 am |
    • gerald

      Frogist, what you miss in your lack of logic is the horrific nature of both. Therefore once again you go off on some tangent that has nothing to do with me or what I think, in order to make yourself feel good. Neither does making the point about the hippies and the 60's exonerate the Church. Once again a simple human mind sees one cause and says I have found THEE cause. There is no other when there may be a dozen factors/causes. But then we know that frogs have simple minds.

      May 20, 2011 at 5:22 pm |
    • Ed

      I am late responding so you may not get this. Thanks for all of your responses. Catholicmom and thessalonian, I understand what your try to say and your not entirely wrong the problem is I asm having trouble following my church and following my God. I believe that the catholic church has it most right of all the churches. I believe the church it to be our guide and support in out relationship with God. I belive they should lead us in idea and action to make us better chirstians and followers of God.

      The problem is they are not leading the are making excu-ses. If I went to my priest and confessed adultery he would forgive my sin, but he would also counsle me to change may be even suggest I tell my wife. He would support me but not authorize me to continue the behavior. I need the church to take the same att-itude woth its self. No more excuses, no more finger pointing. Catholicmom, if one a your children wrote on your wall at home you would not let them blame it on the other kids or the dog or satan. You would make them take responsibility. You would still love them. You would stil be their mom and all that intails, but you would make them fess up and deal with their actions. I need the church to fess up to the mistakes and make improvements. Not weakly worded letters that change nothing strongly worded letters that make it clear the church will not tolerate this behavior.

      If I have to choose between God and the chruch I will choose God. The church is not God. I don't want to have to make this choice but I need my spritual leaders to lead if they want me to follow. I choose to join the church as an adult I was not raised catholic my faith in God is strong. My faith in the church is severly wavering. One of the reasons I became catholic is because they were the ones who tried to lead. They didn't just change to make every one happy. They made the hard decisions to maintain the integrity of the christian faith. Now they are making excuses. I want to follow but I need the church to lead . I hope you can understand this.

      In any case it seems this may not be the best forum for my probelm I think I will go talk with my priest. I recently moved to a new area and don't know the priest well. But I think discussing this with a priest may help.

      May 23, 2011 at 8:49 am |
  11. Frogist

    I cannot believe they pulled the old "Blame the hippies" argument. Really? Is it so hard to say each priest is to blame for his actions, and the church on the whole is to blame for protecting them?
    Love the bit about blaming Sputnik and WWII for abuses in the 50s and 40s! LOL!

    May 19, 2011 at 12:25 pm |
    • thessalonian

      What is absurd is your logic. Saying that it is a part of the influences of our corrupt, sx ladden, perverted society does not remove individual responsibility.

      May 19, 2011 at 3:08 pm |
    • Frogist

      LOL@thessalonian. You might want to re-read my post... Don't know what you consider wrong with my logic since we seem to be in agreement! LOL!

      May 19, 2011 at 3:38 pm |
    • thessalonian

      The point Frogist is I am saying it is not the Churches position that these people are not accountable for their actions. I am sure that your use (or misuse) of logic rules that out.

      May 19, 2011 at 4:59 pm |
    • Frogist

      @thessalonian: Still not getting the difference. We seem to agree. What's the problem?

      May 19, 2011 at 5:08 pm |
  12. Reality

    Christianity/Catholicism should not even exist since it is based on flawed history and theology. Without these flaws, there would be no RCC and therefore no priests and therefore no cases of priestly pedophilia. Ditto for all the other Christian sects like the Southern Baptist Convention and Seven Day Adventists where pedophilia and coverups have been a major issue. Judaism with its flawed history and theology is in the same situation. Correct the flaws and there would be no Judaism and therefore no rabbis and therefore no cases of rabbinic pedophilia.=========================

    May 19, 2011 at 12:20 pm |
    • thessalonian

      So what flaws cause atheist peds?

      May 19, 2011 at 1:46 pm |
    • thessalonian

      You have the solution for getting rid of religious peds it sounds like. Again how do we get rid of atheist peds or do the religious peds just turn in to atheist peds?

      May 19, 2011 at 1:47 pm |
    • Reality

      Why did today's pope, prelates, preachers and rabbis, so focused on society's se-xual sins, lose sight of clerical se-xual sins?
      "
      FEAR, SHAME and GUILT and COVER IT ALL UP!!!

      Obviously ordination in any religion is not assurance of good behavior !!!!!

      Neither is coronation!!! e.g. Henry VIII, King David.

      Neither is marriage as 50% of those men convicted of pedophilia are married.

      Neither is being elected president of the USA!! e.g. Billy "I did not have se-x with that girl" Clinton, John "Marilyn Monroe" Kennedy"

      Neither is possessing super athletic skill!!! e.g. Tiger "I am so sorry for getting caught" Woods.

      Neither is being an atheist or pagan since pedophilia is present in all walks of life.

      If someone is guilty of a crime in this litany of "neithers" they should or should have been penalized as the law dictates to include jail terms for pedophiliacs (priests, rabbis, evangelicals, boy scout leaders, married men/women), divorce for adultery (Clinton, Kennedy, Woods, Arnie), jail terms for obstruction of justice (Clinton, Cardinal Law) and the death penalty or life in prison for murder ("Kings David and Henry VIII).

      May 19, 2011 at 11:44 pm |
    • chief

      re thess... if your not catholic are able to partake in all Gods glory and greatness as the catholics do?

      May 21, 2011 at 8:42 pm |
  13. Stevie7

    Yet another attempt to diffuse, deflect, and excuse. Instead of skirting the issue, much of the heat the catholic church is taken would probably be alleviated by simply just requiring those in power to report abuse to local authorities and levying swift and severe punishment on those who condone and cover up abuses.

    May 19, 2011 at 9:40 am |
  14. The Bobinator

    Allow me to sum up this video in one sentence.

    "Based on my biased view, this study is absoluely absurd."

    The father may be right, but having someone who has a vested interest discuss the merits of the study is silly.

    May 19, 2011 at 9:26 am |
    • Luke

      So who exactly would be an unbiased person? And what is his vested interest exactly? That the Church come clean and stop fondling kids and covering up the crime? I don't think this interest qualifies as a vested interest as he gains nothing from the proper outcome. It's not like he has a sidebet such as going short Catholic Church shares levered up with out of the money put options.

      May 19, 2011 at 9:51 am |
    • Badger Bob Of The Mounties ! ! !

      I am that unbiased person, Luke. I have no bias at all against the deluded tyrannical narrow-minded justice-obstructing pedophile-protecting idiotic Catholic Church.

      May 19, 2011 at 10:30 am |
    • Luke

      Badger Bob Of The Mounties

      Then contact Anderson Cooper and ask to be interviewed on the topic. Done.

      May 19, 2011 at 12:41 pm |
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