I think this entire discussion is ridiculous. Blaming anything, be it America, low moral standards, or lax supervision of priests for the rise in pedophilia all amounts to the same thing - and that is, it's fucking bullshit! I have said many times, and it applies in this case as well, that you cannot go around blaming others for your own sick obsessions and proclivities. When we here at D'D hear of a pedo or child abuser using the excuse "But my daddy/mommy/uncle/neighbor did this to me when I was a kid, so you shouldn't blame me for doing it too", we call bullshit. Every time. Or at least I do.
Blaming prevalent sex and violence in the media, or easy access to such things, for the increase in pedophilia is THE SAME FUCKING THING! Just because you are abused as a child does not give you the right to abuse others, nor does it give you an excuse to do so. And if actually enduring it yourself is not an excuse, then simply hearing or seeing it on TV is even less of an excuse. Thousands of people watch porn, listen to rap music, and watch violent movies. I have been guilty of all of those things at least once in my life. So has most everyone in this forum, I would imagine. We do not use that as an excuse to beat or rape our children. Because we know it is wrong.
A pedo is a pedo, is a pedo. End of story. Using ANY religious organization to cover for or protect a pedo is wrong and immoral. And it has nothing to do with questionable media offerings in America. These sick fucks choose to do these horrible things knowing full well that they are wrong. Especially the preists. Not only is it morally (societally) wrong for priests, it is also, according to the religion they have been ordained to teach and practice, a SIN. They know better, but do it anyway.
As for the pope's assertion that media is to blame in the priests' fall from grace - what the fuck were they doing watching porn and listening to rap music anyway?! Don't y'all have rules against that kind of thing for your boys of the cloth, Mr. Pope Man? They were pervs before they ever sought out that kind of 'media', or they wouldn't have been watching it in the first place. Media, my ass. Fuck off, Pope-daddy.:grrrrrr: