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CRIME: Pedophilia details not necessary

Letter by Tyrean A. Martinson, Gig Harbor on June 4, 2012 at 12:37 pm with 3 Comments »
June 4, 2012 1:32 pm

Re: “Sex history a window to priest’s mind” (TNT, 6-4).

The report on Robert Van Handel goes beyond the needed information into a disgustingly detailed look at the pedophile’s disturbing actions and fantasies. When I open the newspaper I expect that there will be painful news, but I don’t expect to be handed the lurid details of sex crimes.

I’ve read newspapers my whole life, from childhood and into adulthood. I’ve encouraged my kids to read the newspaper, despite my growing unease with the current trend in “tell-all-the-disgusting-details” reporting. These days I feel like I need to carefully clip out the articles they can read.

Do any of us really need to know exactly how, when and why Handel molested his victims? Outside of psychologists, lawyers and judges, do any of us need to know those details? And if we do, why?

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  1. APimpNamedSlickback says:

    If you’re Catholic and you’re a parent, yeah, you do. When Van Handel abused his victims he was part of an organization that has an unusually large number of predators like him in positions of authority.

    Van Handel spent years taking advantage of the trust his parishoners placed in him based on his position. He even admitted – almost boasted – that parents willingly dropped their kids off with him and never thought about it.

    Publicizing this guy’s writings at least gives the parents of potential victims of other priests an idea of what to look for and why trust is something you earn and are not ordained with.

  2. What? A priest? I’M-SHOCKED! The Catholic Church is sure adept at pointing out all of the splinters we have in our eyes (sins) while they ignore the plank (sins) of their own. Parents need to know these things, and yes the gruesome details. Why? Because we entrust our children blindly to priests, pastors, teachers and coaches and this is what can happen. These are predators.

  3. Ignorance is bliss.

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