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Catholic fact check: St. Basil and St. Peter Damian on pedophilia and homosexuality

Every so often, a quotation attributed either to St. Basil the Great or St. Peter Damian circulates. The quotation reads: Any cleric or monk who seduces young men or boys, or who is apprehended in kissing or in any shameful situation, shall be publicly flogged and shall lose his clerical tonsure. Thus shorn, he shall be disgraced by spitting into his face, bound in iron chains, wasted by six months of close confinement, and for three days each week put on barley bread given him toward evening.

Catholic fact check: Pope John XXIII, Veterum Sapientia, and high altars

There is an anecdote that circulates in the Catholic blogosphere about the promulgation of Pope John XXIII's apostolic constitution Veterum Sapientia. In one example, the story goes: “Veterum Sapientia is proud to announce its Fourth Annual Latin Conference for priests, deacons, religious (male and female), and seminarians, hosted this year at the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. from July 31 to August 6. The program is called Veterum Sapientia after the Apostolic Constitution which Saint John XXIII signed at the high altar of St.