It’s understandable why the senior clergy in the Catholic Church are seen as pimps. They walk the streets in colorful and provocative garb. Their professional patter is bizarre and unintelligible. They amass mountains of money without lifting a finger. And defenseless teens are recruited to fulfill the sexual desires of their pals.
It’s a unflinching reality that shocks us today. The Church is an enterprise that trades the low work of ecclesiastical service for the triumph of raping children. Right now, as we speak.
But no, they’re such good people! It just couldn’t be true. The folks whose job it is to learn us about Christ, the saints and grace, would never abandon us that way. Allow us to be sexually abused. Assaulted. Sodomized. Raped.
A prominent New York-based friar has sympathy for some pedophiles — including defrocked priests and former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky — saying they are sometimes “seduced” by their underage victims. . .
In some of these cases, children “looking for a father figure” are responsible for the relationship with someone in a position of power — like a coach or clergy member, [Father Benedict] Groeschel told the National Catholic Register.
No. Father Groeschel would never do that.
“Suppose you have a man having a nervous breakdown, and a youngster comes after him. A lot of the cases, the youngster – 14, 16, 18 – is the seducer,” said Groeschel, a founder of the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal.
Pressed on the point, Father Groeschel says “It’s not so hard to see – a kid looking for a father and didn’t have his own – and they won’t be planning to get into heavy-duty sex, but almost romantic, embracing, kissing.”
He’d never allow it.
“I’m inclined to think, on their first offense, they should not go to jail because their intention was not committing a crime.”
He also has some sympathy for Jerry Sandusky, convicted in June of 45 counts of sexual abuse of boys.
“Here’s this poor guy – Sandusky – it went on for years. Interesting: Why didn’t anyone say anything?”
He would stop it. Because he’s a good man.