A very interesting angle, Guest CS. I realise that people have a wide range of sexual tastes, urges and preferences. But I am not, here, concerned with those who don't act upon them. I have never suggested that non-practising paedophiles are evil, although I'm extremely repulsed by the whole concept. There are, after all, many people who are for several reasons unable to satisfy their sexual needs. The disabled, celibate folk, the bereaved, the 'chaste' before marriage and so on. With self-control they manage to survive without the sexual element in their lives. I am disgusted and angry about the child-molesters who do indulge their weird (and it most certainly IS weird) tastes by attacking children, thereby ruining their mental well-being and their future lives. What has disturbed me very much is the sheer extent of the perversion. I foolishly imagined it was relatively rare. But more and more 'rings' are being discovered, and one is tempted to become paranoid about any man who is involved in the pastoral or educational care of children. I'm afraid I cannot have any regard, sympathy for or understanding of any person, male or female, who harms children. The very thought of my dear little pupils over the years being attacked in this way makes me feel sick. Even that Catholic priest, who should have conducted himself as a man of God. He was actually the priest for the RC school in the district. It makes one shudder.