Pope says pedophilia wasn’t such a big deal in the ’70s

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In a Christmas address delivered yesterday, the Pope claimed that "in the 1970s, pedophilia was theorized as something fully in conformity with man and even with children." Is something getting lost in translation here? Whose theory was this, specifically? He also said that child-abuse scandals had brought "humiliation" onto the Catholic Church, which reminds me a little of this classic Onion story. (So sorry for your tough year, buddy!)

In response, Barbara Blaine, the head of the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, told a Belfast newspaper, "Catholics should be embarrassed to hear their Pope talk again and again about abuse while doing little or nothing to stop it and to mischaracterize this heinous crisis… It is fundamentally disturbing to watch a brilliant man so conveniently misdiagnose a horrific scandal." Stay tuned for the inevitable Vatican "clarification" — they're on a tear this week.