Tinfoil, MrDon, getteddie,
Thanks for replying. There was no link provided on the newscast and I don't see it mentioned on the channel's webpage. In discussing this with my social-work professor last night, he agreed that "pedophilia in self-identified homosexuals is practically unheard of" (Personal communication, May 2, 2002).
As a former
Roman Catholic and seminarian, I believe the church and the heirarchy who have always preached 'against homosexuality as a sin' think (believe?) by adding this they will prove
their point about homosexuality.
If they started to eliminate all the proests who self-identified as heterosexual there would be a loud uproar. The public, however, tends to believe that homoesexuality is a perversion so they may fall prey to the idea that since most of these reports are about men and boys (ahem, when I was an altar boy there were only
-making them spend much more 'alone' time with the priest--I knew one priest who'd strip before getting into his vestments and thought nothing of it. Hell we were all 'guys' anyway-right?) I think some priests like prisoners in jail (referring to situational homosexuality)-act out with whomever is available--those priests will be the most difficult to 'root out.' When the situation changes and an adult female is available they may not re-perpetrate.
I also believe that there are genuine pedophiles in the priesthood. Some priests never seem to grow out of the stage of believing every word as literal and faith as absolute. They are stuck in perpetual adolescence or younger and they seek companionship with those most like them mentally. These are the most dangerous, no matter what 'assignment' they are given they will seek out youth to abuse (in their own word probably 'love'...I prefer to be real here.) If they are not serving in a parish setting, then they will seek out the children of people who trust them implicitly. Offer to take them on road trips or camping or swimming with them to condition them to where they want. These 'priests' (
I hate even referring to them as that "soul-rapists"
might be a better term)-actual pedophiles or situational pedophiliacs (an adaption of the term used for prison homosexuality), destroy not only the body, sexuality, future relationships, and body image of the victim/survivor, but a person's sense of God and his or her own spirituality.
The zero tolerance law--i.e. one investigated occurance and you are defrocked--means that there has to be a sexually abusive incident before the priest is removed. Isn't that too late? What if all priests went through counseling for the enitre time they are in seminary? Not with another priest but with a mental healt professional. Maybe then they could-zero in on them before they are ordained and eliminate the need for any more abuse to take place!
I don't know, I want to prevent others from going through what we went through. I could suggest castration at ordination, but that does even castration does not prevent sexual abuse entirely. Salt Peter perhaps as part of the daily diet in mega doses? Any other suggestions?
Just Angry and Frustrated,
[ May 03, 2002: Message edited by: Jim C. ]