Thursday, April 15, 2010

Jewish View of the Catholic Church

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Rob Pollock said...

This piece contains false and defamatory information about Protestant clergy. Specifically...

"10% of the Protestant ministers have been found guilty of pedophilia."

This information regarding Protestant ministers has no basis in fact. It was refuted in 2002 when "Sojourners" first reported it and it remains refuted today.

In the original 2003 speech Mr. Miller cites a July/August 2002 Sojourners article by Rose Marie Berger in which she misinterprets statements from Penn. State Prof. Philip Jenkins regarding sexual abuse by Protestant ministers.

In the original article Berger writes...
"Philip Jenkins concludes in his book "Pedophiles and Priests" that while 1.7 percent of Catholic clergy have been found guilty of pedophilia (specifically of boys), 10 percent of Protestant ministers have been found guilty of pedophilia." (This quote is used in Miller's speech)

To which Philip Jenkins responds (Sept/Oct 2002)...
"I regret to say that the statement is baloney. I never said it, and it's not true!... Every time this ten percent statement appears attributed to me, I try to debunk it, but these things have a life of their own. I have no idea what the actual proportion of pedophile protestant clergy is, but I would be amazed if it was more than a fraction of one percent."

See for yourself...

Sojourners apologized to its readers for passing on erroneous information and revised the article, removing the incorrect and defamatory information. But not before Sam Miller got a hold of it!

This material should be edited and corrected before being posted or distributed. In the interest of both honesty and ecumenical respect.

Your Brother in Christ... (I Hope)
Rev. Rob Pollock
Vancouver, BC

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