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"Sex is not tennis. It is not something a man and woman might do for fun." (1)

--Antichoice pundit Helen Alvare, speaking to an audience at Georgetown University about the "erosion of the traditional family."

"Rape victims are transferred to other facilities if the intention to take the 'morning-after pill' is evident." (2)

--A spokesperson for Archbishop Joachim Meisner of Cologne, about the refusal by doctors at local church-run hospitals to accept patients who say they have been raped.

"Nothing in my own background or education equipped me to deal with this grave problem." (3)

--Cardinal Roger Mahony, who holds a master's degree in social work, writing in his blog about his mishandling of sexual abuse cases in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles.

"The point is that more and more women provoke, fall into arrogance, believe they are too independent and exacerbate tensions. They trigger the worst instincts, leading to violence and sexual abuse. They should consider self-examination and ask the question: did we ask for it?" (4)

--Fr. Piero Corsi of Lenci, Italy, relating Italy's rise in "Stiletto murders," or domestic homicides, to women wearing provocative clothing and neglecting ironing and other household chores.

"The homolobby represents the very centre of internal opposition against the Pope." (5)

--Fr. Dariusz Oko of the Archdiocese of Krakow, Poland, writing about the "homomafia in the church," which he describes as a group of "militant homosexuals in cassocks" who pursue a "homoideology."

"Just think of the television, which is the true and great Moloch within our homes." (6)

--Cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi, president of the Pontifical Council for Culture, speaking about popular culture on Vatican radio, comparing television to an ancient deity to whom children were sacrificed.

"Legislating for the right for people of the same sex to marry is like legalising male breastfeeding." (7)

--Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone of San Francisco, cautioning that the term "gay marriage" should be used "only sparingly" because repeated usage might legitimize the concept.

"It's practically impossible to get out of the Catholic Church." (8)

--Sister Mary Ann Walsh, director of media relations for the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.

"Campaigners for abortion rights like to describe Ireland's restrictive abortion regime as dating from an I861 law, the Offences Against the Person Act. That law is indeed still on the books. To invoke it makes opponents of abortion sound like fusty, obscurantist, retrograde lackeys of colonialism." (9)

--Columnist Christopher Caldwell, alleging that the push to liberalize Ireland's abortion law does not enjoy popular support.

(1) Zosia Dunn, "Conference Draws Pro-Life Advocates," Hoya (Georgetown), January 29, 2013. (2) Frank Hornig, Barbara Schmid, Fidelius Schmid and Peter Wensierski, "Church and State: Where Catholic Beliefs and Public Needs Collide," Der Spiegel Online, January 24, 2013. (3) Cardinal Roger Mahony, "Historical Evolution of Dealing with the Sexual Abuse of Minors," Cardinal Roger Mahony Blogs LA, February 1, 2013. (4) La Repubblica Genova, "Volantino shock Ecco il testo," December 26, 2012, as translated in Barbie Laiza Nadeu, "Catholic Priest Blames Italy's Stiletto Murders on Women," The Daily Beast, December 28, 2012. (5) Dariusz Oko, "Z papiezem przeciw homoherezji," Fronda 63 (2012), pp. 128-160, as translated by LifeSiteNews, February 26, 2013. (6) Vatican Radio, "Cardinal Ravasi: The Believer 'As a Baby Weaned,'" February 20, 2013. (7) Mary O'Regan, "'All our detractors can do is call us names,'" Catholic Herald (UK), January 28, 2013. (8) Sister Mary Ann Walsh, "Here comes everybody: divorced, gays, sinners, a couple saints," USCCBLOG, April 1, 2013. (9) Christopher Caldwell, "Irish Stew," Weekly Standard, 18, No. 28, April 1, 2013.
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