SNAP judgment

Dr. Steve Taylor, a Louisiana psychiatrist who has worked with the Survivors Network for those Abused by Priests (SNAP) and tried to convince the Louisiana legislature to allow the confessional seal to broken in sex abuse cases, has been sentenced to two years in prison for possession of child pornography.

Now, I’m not going to be as anxious to serve up hot buttered schadenfreud as Bill Donohue. I’ve known some perfectly fine people who, through no fault of their own, have had kiddie porn on their computer, before they wiped it clean. Presumably the jury looked at that possibility, and found no support for it, but it could have happened.

What I find interesting is this:

[Taylor]voiced his objections to a unanimous decision by the Louisiana House Committee on the Administration of Criminal Justice protecting the confidential communication of priests, ministers, rabbis and other clergy members. At the time, Taylor said that the seal has to be broken because “We have faces now.”

Taylor certainly should have known that the seal of the confessional is not a matter of civil but of canon law, and that a priest who breaks it is in that instant no longer a priest, or even a Catholic. Saints have gone to their death to protect it, so doing some time in prison is a comparatively light thing.  Since in 99 cases of 100, that would be the end result of Taylor’s proposed law, one has to ask why he hates Catholic priests so.  I think we’ve found the answer ; as usual, it’s a sexual issue.


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