The worst thing about Ratzenburger is that he was the head of the Inquisition, where all cases of pedophilia were concentrated. He knew exactly what was going on and perpetuated the shell game of shuffling them around so they never got exposed. I personally think he's retiring because Los Angeles and Australia are about to explode with priest pedo accusations. There's also some interesting rumors that he and his private secretary are gay.
Ignoring religion in general, in the specific I personally never understood the Pope and the Catholic Church. I spent a lot of time as a kid and teen reading the bible, and there's no mention of a pope. Their church came around a couple of centuries after the time of Christ. So much of their teachings go beyond the bible that they are basically an after-market add-on to the bible and everything sprang out of tradition. Their veneration of saints and such always struck me as a form of idolatry, which the bible is rather firmly against. There's nothing about indulgences, there's nothing about holy water. And their stand against contraception is nothing short of ridiculous and is largely ignored in the U.S. I think there will be another Lutheran schism in the next century and the U.S. catholics will split.
Enough of that.
Child porn is disturbing. I was working for the police department when they set up their computer forensics unit, I worked with some of the guys in that group. There's no doubt that it is an incredibly disturbing crime, they were always very grim when investigating such crimes, and not all of them had children. Viewing kiddie porn is not victimless, though it's not on the same scale as making it or molesting children. It is definitely indicative that the viewer has a problem and needs some serious help. Pete Townshend of The Who was involved in a kiddie porn investigation (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pete_Townshend#Operation_Ore_investigation_and_police_caution
), arrested on a kiddie porn charge.
The problem is that it is possible for a person's computer to be compromised and used to host kiddie porn with the owner being ignorant of it, and they can still have their life ruined. And the judicial system here has gotten so draconian at times that they turn a deaf ear to lots of reasonable defenses.
I was wondering where Kerodin got his 3% thing from. I find that supposed factoid behind the number kind of specious, I'd like to see some citations for it. But considering the source, I'm not going to be bothered to look for it.