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by Euro Reporter
2008-04-17 08:47:08
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A busy policeman and a thief

A female taxi driver from Vienna was attacked by a robber with a knife. Coincidentally a policeman came along the road. “Help”, screamed the taxi driver, and thought she is going to be save now. But there was one thing she hasn’t reckoned with. The policeman told her that he is busy. “Sorry, but I have no time to help you”, he told, and disappeared again.

The story sounds quite unbelievable, but was printed that way in Austria’s biggest newspaper “Kronen Zeitung”. Now the “Office For Internal Affairs” is going to investigate the case. The commander of the state police for Vienna sees an offence against the code of honor of the police. “If a human is screaming for help, the policeman is not allowed to deny his help”, says the commander. The commander confirms that if this story is true, the policeman has to expect the heaviest consequences.

The policeman didn’t deny help; he apparently helped himself avoiding a dangerous situation. Ok I’m joking but what the policeman did is inexcusable and the only thing we can hope is a proper punishment and some lessons to the policemen for their obligations.


Torturing under the Olympic spirit

The embassy of China in the city center of Vienna was the place of dramatic scenes last week on Thursday. A Tibetan protester climbed up to the balcony, and broke down the Chinese flag. Afterwards staff members of the Chinese embassy pulled him into the building and started to beat him. One Chinese woman even kicked him with her high heels. This is the version of the Tibetan victim.

The Tibetan man was brought to hospital with serious injuries on his head and his lumbar vertebra. The doctors were shocked about the condition of the patient, and confirmed a heavy maltreatment. The victim told that he was beaten with fists and sticks. A Chinese woman kicked his head with high heels. A spokesman of the Chinese embassy denies the serious accusations. “His statements are pure lies and defamation”, was the message from the Chinese. Now the Austrian police have a problem to clarify the case. A foreign embassy is legally not a territory of Austria. That’s why Austria is not authorized to investigate. It seems Chinese police has to take on the case.


The Olympic spirit, friendship, respects, peace; China knows about them all!


Sexually abused during the confession

A 48-year-old vicar from Nigeria is confronted with serious accusations. The African clergyman was hearing the confession of pupils from the secondary modern school in Kohfidisch, a little village of 1.500 inhabitants, in the south of Burgenland. Now a 13-year-girl claims that she was sexually abused by the vicar during the confession. The incident happened on the 14th March.

The girl told her class teacher. The directress called the youth welfare office, which informed the police. The reaction of the church was clear and unequivocally. The vicar was directly deposed from his position. The presumption of innocence has to be valid. The Episcopal ordinaries are very shocked and concerned about the case. It wouldn’t be the first time that the Austrian church has problems with sex offenders among their own officials.

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Emanuel Paparella2008-04-17 17:13:04
A comment on the hard facts of this issue may be in order in view of the fact that the choosing of what is important enough to report of all the available news is already a comment and interpretation of sort:

Pedophilia (the sexual abuse of a prepubescent child) among priests is extremely rare, affecting only 0.3% of the entire population of clergy. This figure, cited in the book Pedophiles and Priests by non-Catholic scholar, Philip Jenkins, is from the most comprehensive study to date, which found that only one out of 2,252 priests considered over a thirty-year period was afflicted with pedophilia. According to Jenkins the rate of pedophilia among priests is comparable to the rate among married men (Jenkins, Pedophiles and Priests).

In the wake of the current crisis in the Church, other religious denominations and non-religious institutions have admitted to having similar problems with both pedophilia and ephebophilia among the ranks of their clergy. There's no evidence that Catholic priests are more likely to be pedophiles than Protestant ministers, Jewish leaders, physicians, or any other institution in which adults are in a position of authority and power over children.

The above is not to deny that pedophilia is a despicable and punishable crime, as well as a psychological disorder, but the issue has to be seen in its full context within the whole of society. To focus on the Church only to make a case against religion per se is not very helpful to the solution of the general problem.

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