Mark A Mandel
mam at THEWORLD.COM
Tue Jun 18 14:10:23 UTC 2002
On Tue, 18 Jun 2002, Lynne Murphy wrote:
#Barry noted the word 'precrime' the other day. It seems to have taken hold
#in the new US Catholic Bishops' policy on sexual abuse:
#(from the AP:)
#The new charter reads, "Diocesan policy will provide that for even a single
#act of sexual abuse of a minor -- past, present or future -- the offending
#priest or deacon will be permanently removed from ministry."
#How future acts are determined is not stated, but perhaps they have some
Ah. The concept, not the word.
And even the concept is present only if one insists on an unlikely
reading. As I read this, they mean "A single act of sexual abuse of a
minor by a priest or deacon -- whether long ago [past: maybe beyond the
statute of limitations], recent [present: still subject to action by the
law], or *subsequent to the adoption of this policy* [future] -- will
result in ..."
-- Mark A. Mandel
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