When zero tolerance is not zero tolerance

When zero tolerance is not zero tolerance

Does a priest having possession of child pornography on his computer violate the zero tolerance policy formulated in Dallas last year? Even if doesn’t should it result in a priest being suspended from ministry? An Orange County, CA, newspaper thinks it does and should. The Diocese of Orange isn’t sure.

I tell you one thing: if it isn’t a clear violation of the policy, it should be and the priests should be yanked and the police should be called. Possession of child porn is a crime and not a victimless one either. The children in the pictures were victimized “once for all,” providing perverse pleasure for the original abuser and the long line of perverts who view them later.

Written by
Domenico Bettinelli