Is the Minor The Seducer?
And so we are informed some prominent Franciscan called Father Groeschel is of the opinion that the minor is in many cases the seducer, and the priest or friar who has sex with him is “the poor guy”.
Now, I do understand that a pervert of, say, fifteen is not a child anymore, and outside of the always hysterically “protective” Anglo-Saxon countries a fifteen years old is considered to know jolly well what he does. The idea, therefore, that the priest be the only one who is wrong is – and I agree here with the Franciscan father – simply wrong.
What is extremely worrying, though, is that the same friar goes on to (more or less) exculpate the religious, because he is “seduced”, perhaps is going through a “difficult phase” and is – this should be repeated again – the “poor guy”.
What the chap does not tell us is that people do not indulge in sodomy od lewd acts with young men – however willing the latter may be – because they are in a difficult phase, but exclusively because they are perverts. It seems here that the extremely grave fact that there are perverted religious is considered a given, and the attention is fully directed on the young man who – it is reasonable to assume, in many cases willingly – acted in a way apt to “seduce” him.
This perspective makes of sexual perversion a “normal” thing, whilst it tries to deflect the attention from the perverted priest. Only, whilst it is unavoidable that there will be some rare perverts among the young, it is not normal that there should be even one among the clergy and the religious.
It is not surprising this absurd article has in the meantime been taken off and the NCR, who had published his article without any intelligent editing or control, have apologised.
Still, the impression remains of religious circles in which everything is considered worthy of worried reflection and consideration, but the homosexuality among their own ranks.
I do hope the discussion does not fo in the direction of the boy is never culpable”. Of course he is, if he is big enough to know what he is doing. Alas, this seems to be another holy cow of the Anglo-Saxon world, which for southern European is simply impossible to comprehend.
Posted on September 1, 2012, in Catholicism and tagged Conservative Catholic, conservative catholicism, Homosexual Clergy, homosexuality. Bookmark the permalink. Comments Off on Is the Minor The Seducer?.