It appears that one Bernie Ward, former Roman Catholic priest and now former left-wing radio talk show host can add another notch on the ol' resume. Convicted of federal child pornography charges.Mr. Ward cut a deal with the federal prosucutor and may serve as much as five years in a federal prison.The irony is that Mr. Ward, the former Roman Catholic priest, used his talk show on KGO 810 to bash the Roman Catholic church and its handling of the child sex abuse scandal. It appears that Mr. Ward, judging from this, may have attained first-hand knowledge of what he spoke.It is not a good thing what has happened to the Roman Catholic church on this scandal. Sure, church opponents will argue that this would not have happened if the hierarchy would just let priests marry in the first place. That is not my point. It had been the way that the church handled it in the first place. It did not address the reality that they were letting almost anyone with a pulse into the priesthood and moving the bad apples around. On so many issues, though I am a Protestant and more or less evangelical (I can not explain how I ended up a member of the Episcopal Church except that Almighty God has a sense of humor!), I find myself attracted to the Roman church teaching on many matters that affect our world today. For that moral compass, this scandal and the handling, or lack therof, of it is why so many are saddened by what has happened. But, Almighty God may have got one right sending hypocrite and child pornographer Bernie Ward to federal prison. There, he will find that his kind are not even welcomed.
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