George Weigel nails it on Hard Ball with Chris Matthews in reference to the claim that a married clergy would prevent sexual abuse:
“I don’t think anyone ought to think of marriage as a remedy for sexually immature people. Marriage is not a crime prevention program.”
(begins around 3:20)
The thing that always strikes me about this argument, that married clergy might prevent future sexual abuse in the Church, is that it’s a subtle, and pretty daft apology for abusers–that they’re just normal folk in need of an outlet for their illicit passions.
What a terrible deal for the lucky bride of the potential abuser, and their future children. Abusers abuse, whether they are married or not, as Weigel notes, sexual abuse, is by no means particular to the Catholic priesthood.
Not to mention, marriage was a pretty lousy deterrent for Jerry Sandusky…and Mary Kay Letourneau…and that Bengals cheerleader…
See also: Child molesters often “use marriage as a cover for their preferred sexual activity.”