"Pressure from conservative groups is growing on the Republican-led House to defend the 1996 law after President Obama ordered the Justice Department to stop defending it, saying he believes it is unconstitutional"
It does seem very sad and even incredible that the two sides of the house are 'fighting' over ancient moral standards today. Does this mean the Democrat voter lacks decency and morals?
"Most of the abuse has occurred in Africa, where priests vowed to celibacy, who previously sought out prostitutes, have preyed on nuns to avoid contracting the Aids virus."
Makes a change from paedophilia!!
"But let us hear Giesler, author of the "Text Book of History." That most competent witness, speaking of the clergy, says: "Their chief offence, their incontinence, seemed to grow worse, the more there was done to restrain it. In no century had there been so many decrees passed against the concubinage of the clergy, as in the fifteenth, yet in none were complaints so common of their incontinence (which in Italy degenerated into unnatural vices), as well as derision and lamentation over the inefficiency of all the means used to restrain them. The number of the offenders made it difficult or impossible to carry into effect the more severe punishments, whilst the avarice of the Bishops substituted a pecuniary mulct, afterwards changed into an annual tax. The commonness of the offence made it seem to the clergy a light thing; of course the laity could not be expected to view it in any other light, and in consequence the vice increased to a fearful degree." (From Ian Paisley .org)