The power of PR compels you

I don’t have a lot of constructive comment about stories like this:
Child abuse claims sweep Catholic Church in Europe
The whole thing, and the church’s public reaction, just reminds me of a line from Monty Python:

As a naval officer I abhor the implication that the Royal Navy is a haven for cannibalism. It is well known that we now have the problem relatively under control.

… which seems to be the church’s PR strategy. There’s also a line from Mike Berbiglia:

I was an altar boy, and before you ask: No.

I can’t say whether the church officials have forgotten their vows, but it seems pretty certain that they’ve forgotten the lessons of Watergate.

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