Just remember …

In a remarkable instance of poor timing, Pope Benedict chose the weekend The Da Vinci Code was released to remind us that cover-ups by the Church aren’t just fictional.

The Da Vinci Code is fiction.

In real life, a multi-year cover-up at the highest levels of the Roman Catholic Church of horrible crimes by the leader of a major religious order affiliated with reactionary politics simply couldn’t happen.

Could it?

Author: Mark Kleiman

Professor of Public Policy at the NYU Marron Institute for Urban Management and editor of the Journal of Drug Policy Analysis. Teaches about the methods of policy analysis about drug abuse control and crime control policy, working out the implications of two principles: that swift and certain sanctions don't have to be severe to be effective, and that well-designed threats usually don't have to be carried out. Books: Drugs and Drug Policy: What Everyone Needs to Know (with Jonathan Caulkins and Angela Hawken) When Brute Force Fails: How to Have Less Crime and Less Punishment (Princeton, 2009; named one of the "books of the year" by The Economist Against Excess: Drug Policy for Results (Basic, 1993) Marijuana: Costs of Abuse, Costs of Control (Greenwood, 1989) UCLA Homepage Curriculum Vitae Contact: Markarkleiman-at-gmail.com

56 thoughts on “Just remember …”

  1. They finally got the asshole! Between JP II and Benedit, there seems to be developing a counterintuitive pereption that JP II is not all he was cracked up to be and that Benedict may be perceived as a sheep in wolf's clothing. Or am I dreaming?

  2. Dan Brown was going to write a novel about a Vatican coverup of priests who diddled altar boys, but the Boston Globe threatened to sue for copyright infringement.

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