August 1st, 2018

The Technology, Entertainment and Development (TED) Conference recently allowed a video to go up from an independent TEDx talk titled "Why Our Perception of Pedophilia has to Change."

After backlash, TED made a statement which claimed that the talk was one among many independently organized conferences, apparently outside of the group's control.

However, TED did not condemn the content but merely stated that the event was open to misinterpretation. Plus, it allowed the speaker to take it down in accordance with her wishes, but not because the content was reprehensible.

A description of the talk can still be found on the TED and TEDx site

This is a move to erode the horror that we still have for this kind of perversion and is a step to making pedophilia an acceptable way of life. Our perception of pedophilia cannot change!

Taking a Principled not a Personal Stand

As practicing Catholics, we are filled with compassion and pray for those who struggle against violent temptation to sin, be it toward homosexual sin or otherwise.

We are conscious of the enormous difference between these individuals who struggle with their weaknesses and strive to overcome them and others who transform their sin into a reason for pride, and try to impose their lifestyle on society as a whole, in flagrant opposition to traditional Christian morality and natural law. However, we pray for them too.

According to the expression attributed to Saint Augustine, we "hate the sin but love the sinner." And to love the sinner, as the same Doctor of the Church explains, is to wish for him the best we can possibly desire for ourselves, namely, "that he may love God with a perfect affection." (St. Augustine, Of the Morals of the Catholic Church, no. 49)


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