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Seattle St James - pano 02Another year is almost half over, and that means another Roman Catholic institution has been forced to settle up with “priestly pedophilia” victims. This time, as the Seattle Times reports, it’s the Seattle archdiocese (WebCite cached article):

The Archdiocese of Seattle has agreed to pay $12.125 million to 30?men who say they were sexually abused as students decades ago at Seattle’s O’Dea High School and Briscoe Memorial School in Kent.

In lawsuits filed in King County Superior Court, the men alleged the archdiocese failed to protect them from known abusers, including two former O’Dea teachers who were members of the Roman Catholic Christian Brothers order, which filed for bankruptcy in April 2011.

The Christian Brothers operated O’Dea and Briscoe, a former orphanage and boarding school for boys, but both schools were owned by the Seattle Archdiocese.

“I deeply regret the pain suffered by these victims,” Archbishop J. Peter Sartain said Tuesday in a statement. “Our hope is that this settlement will bring them closure and allow them to continue the process of healing.”

The allegations in these cases dated back as long ago as the 1950s, and documentation from the 1960s indicated that problems were known, at that time:

In court papers, [plaintiffs’ attorney Mike] Pfau and law partner Jason Amala cited a 1966 letter from one of the Christian Brothers at Briscoe to an official at the Catholic order that described a “damaging atmosphere” that had reached “immoral and unethical limits.”

These men of God spent decades working very hard keep their nasty secrets from leaking out. I’m sure they’re all very proud of their efforts.

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Christine O'Donnell (CNN)As if the freak-show which is the Christine O’Donnell Senate candidacy couldn’t get any freakier … she comes out with a new stream of idiotic blather. The latest example of her mindless religious inanity was reported by CNN’s Political Ticker blog (WebCite cached article):

In a recent interview with the Christian Broadcasting Network, Christine O’Donnell listed both God and Gloria Steinem as sources of inspiration and influence when times get tough on the campaign trail. …

She continued that her success in politics can be directly tied to prayer: “The day that we saw a spike in the polls was a day that some people had a prayer meeting for me that morning for this campaign so I believe that prayer plays a direct role in this campaign and I always ask please pray for the campaign; please pray for our staff; please pray specifically that the eyes of the voters be opened.”

That’s right. O’Donnell thinks that, when asked in the form of prayerful requests, God cranks up her poll numbers.

Oh, and in an effort to compare herself with Jesus — whom Christians believe died for everyone — the hyperreligious-lunatic-for-Senate claimed that running for office was like “dying”:

O’Donnell then delved into faith stating, “God is the reason that I’m running. If I didn’t believe that there were a cause greater than myself worth fighting for, if I didn’t believe that it takes a complete dying of self to make things right in this election cycle I would not be running and when you die to yourself you rely on a power greater than yourself so prayer is what’s gotten us all through.”

I hardly know what to say about this walking train-wreck any more. Really.

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