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Joe Paterno, the Catholic Church and the Jewish Community

November 23, 2011

Knowing that there were going to be children in the synagogue this morning I hesitated in delivering this sermon. But I decided to do it anyway because, after all is said and done, the purpose of this sermon is to protect our children.

It is not just the sports world but American society that has been shocked by the revelations that have come out of Penn State University regarding former defensive coordinator on the renowned Penn State football team, Jerry Sandusky, who stands accused of molesting numerous boys over a 15 year period. Penn State University’s football team – the Nittany Lions – is one of the most highly respected football programs in the nation under the leadership of 85 year old Joe Paterno – the winningest coach in college football history. What makes the recent revelations most appalling is the realization that college officials, including Paterno, knew about the accusations for at least 10 years and did close to nothing about it, leaving youth unprotected to Sandusky, the predator. The fallout from this lurid story had led to the firing of Penn State’s President and the fabled Joe Paterno. Many have expressed sorrow that such a legendary coach’s career should have such a tragic ending. Forgive me for saying it, but I don’t feel sorry for him at all. He was part of the problem. I feel sorry for the children who lost their innocence because Paterno just didn’t “get it.” READ MORE

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