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Monday, November 7, 2011

For Philly Archdiocese, Penn State scandal timing convenient

Does anyone else think it's strange timing that the Jerry Sandusky case is breaking now at Penn State just as the criminal trial of four priests is coming up in March or soon after in the same city?
The two news stories concern similar crimes by Penn State coaches and Philadelphia Archdiocese bishops, coverup of child sex abuse for the betterment of the institution.
Now the Penn State story will likely dominate the news while the Philadelphia priest cases go to trial...
I, with my paranoia inclining brain, think Sandusky's case is a convenient way to drown out media and public interest in the Philadelphia Archdiocese cases, which are going through pre-trial motions right now as the coaches are getting torn apart in the media... The Sandusky case even makes the priests look, well, not as bad, to the onlooker. Maybe the Church isn't so guilty, considering Penn State protected a child molester too.

I'm just wondering what conversations went on behind closed doors that may have led to Sandusky's arrest at this moment in time... Anyone have any of their own ideas?

With Sandusky, it was a case of the predator's bosses not reporting the molestation to authorities.

Sandusky ran a non-profit that gave him access to children. He named it "Second Mile" after the reference to Matthew 5:41 "If a man needs you to go a mile, you go two miles."

Wonder if someone in Philadelphia decided to prosecute this case to take attention off the priests.

Just more paranoia from my brain that tends to see plots and schemes everywhere...
Anyone have any thoughts on the Sandusky case, which as you read about it here in one of the gazillion stories in the news today about him, the similarities between the Penn State crimes and the Archdiocese are almost eerie.

If nothing else, did Sandusky develop his inclinations as an altar boy in Philadelphia by any chance?


Added Nov. 10, 2011:

Penn State Coach Joe Paterno could be a martyr in the true Catholic sense of the word, giving up his career and reputation to help divert attention from upcoming criminal trials regarding the Philadelphia Archdiocese:

Construction continues on the Suzanne Pohland Paterno Catholic Student Faith Center in State College, adjacent to the Penn State Campus. Named in honor of Sue Paterno, wife of legendary Penn State football coach Joe Paterno, the center will serve Catholics in the Penn State University family. Joe and Sue Paterno are honorary chairs of the Capital Campaign for the center.

Read more about the tight financial connection of Paterno to the Philadelphia Archdiocese at this link: http://www.ajdiocese.org/node/422 and

Don't forget there is a criminal trial coming up in March in Philadelphia regarding four Catholic priests and pedophilia, and the Catholic Church would love a way to divert your attention to another pedophile predator coverup by a powerful and adored institution.

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