Catholic Church leader says child rape “understandable,” blames children

So absolutely disgusting. And sadly typical. They should all be in jail.

Via Andrew Sullivan’s blog we hear from Father Benedict Groeschel, the director of the Office for Spiritual Development for the Catholic Archdiocese of New York:

People have this picture in their minds of a person planning to — a psychopath. But that’s not the case. 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 … 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, perhaps sleeping but not having intercourse or anything like that.

It’s an understandable thing … there are the relatively rare cases where a priest is involved in a homosexual way with a minor. I think the statistic I read recently in a secular psychology review was about 2%. Would that be true of other clergy? Would it be true of doctors, lawyers, coaches?

Here’s this poor guy — [Penn State football coach Jerry] Sandusky — it went on for years. Interesting: Why didn’t anyone say anything? Apparently, a number of kids knew about it and didn’t break the ice. Well, you know, until recent years, people did not register in their minds that it was a crime. It was a moral failure, scandalous; but they didn’t think of it in terms of legal things.

Most of us don’t find child rape “interesting.” But then again, most of us don’t run the Catholic church.

And they’re still making excuses for child rapists, while telling the rest of us how to live.  Newsflash: I don’t take moral advice from men who rape, and aid and abet, the rape of small children.

Absolutely disgusting.

Even better: The National Catholic Register is now apologizing for publishing the accurate comments of the church leader.  They’re suggesting he may have lost his mind.  Right, because no Catholic leader has ever tried to blame the victim or excuse the rape of children.

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10 Responses to “Catholic Church leader says child rape “understandable,” blames children”

  1. sJames6621 says:

    Tehre should be a mass hanging of the priestts and hierarchy who were directly invovled in these crimes. Life in prison for those who hid these crimes for they are guitlty of complicity after the fact

    No wonder the church is fighting tooth and nail to hide or squash cases of child rape by its sex starved priests. At a million $ a child in compensation, and the 100,000 KNOWN victtims, thats $100 billion $$

    Enough to bankrupt this monstrosity in the USA.. Except of course they use the lawyers to set up sepearate corporations for each diocese and many other legally but not morally separate groups

    To hell with the whole thing which first showed its colors with the holy Inquisition.

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