School Sex Abuse Scandal

Here is my latest article for InsideCatholic.

About Fr. Dwight Longenecker
  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/01562944653624224107 Adrienne

    Excellent, as usual…I also have a huge problem with most Diocesan sponsored teen events which have become huge sex education rallys. Enough already!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/05765959701992923298 Jeffrey Smith

    My goodness, the comments over there are amazing. Haven’t they even looked at how public education started in this country?

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/03640030915888553702 art

    you said in your article:”Better to leave the comparisons to priestly abuse on one side and deal with the core problem — which, in both cases, is essentially the same. Because of the invention of the contraceptive pill and the sexual revolution of the Sixties, members of our society regard sex as an activity for recreation, not procreation”First, if you are finally ready to concede that there is no difference between the Church and any other institution, there is no ontological difference between a Priest (indelible mark and all) and a teacher or any other professional, and that the Church can succumb to error in the same way any group can, then maybe we can say its apples to apples.I fail to see the connection between the wide acceptance of contraception as the fuel for the fire in relation to the church abuse since nearly 100% of it was unaffected by fear of pregnancy-even the girls, the vast majority were too young to conceive.And third, until you get your own house in order, no one is going to take anything the Church has to say about morality, the misuse of sexuality or that your way is any more effective an answer to whatever you are calling the “problem” this week. “

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/12373317560249811006 Fr. Dwight Longenecker

    art, I actually said I did not wish to make comparisons to the priestly sex abuse scandal.The connection between contraception and the problem is there in the quote you made from my post: widespread free contraception produces a mentality that sex is for recreation not procreation, and if it is for recreation, then why does it matter who you do it with?Maybe you can suggest some other ways for the Catholic Church to now ‘get its house in order’, or maybe you are not aware of the huge and expensive undertakings at every level of the Catholic Church to stamp out child abuse, screen every person who works with children, put every person who works with children through training courses etc etc etc. Working in a high school and parish, I can assure you the efforts are monumental and far more than any other institution is going through.Get your facts right before you start making accusations

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/02598404623048927550 Tom S.

    Actually Mack, I think that Father makes an eloquent and pointed observation of the situation at hand. Not to mention a dead-on-correct one.And the “hanky-panky” discussed in this article is just the most jarring of the “relativistic” behaviors exhibited by young people. A passing look at the behavior of the teens in any neighborhood or mall will tell you that. They evolved in and operate in their own world whose boundaries consist exclusively of “what can I get away with”. In that world, the idea of something being “wrong” never even comes up. One avoids certain behaviors to avoid retribution or punishment – period.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/12373317560249811006 Fr. Dwight Longenecker

    I very rarely censor my combox, but I have removed a comment that suggested my article here was an indication that teen-teacher sexual relations was my ‘hobby’ and that I fantasize about it.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/03640030915888553702 art

    ****art, I actually said I did not wish to make comparisons to the priestly sex abuse scandal.The connection between contraception and the problem is there in the quote you made from my post: widespread free contraception produces a mentality that sex is for recreation not procreation, and if it is for recreation, then why does it matter who you do it with?********Father, forgive me for my hasty, ill chosen words; I mean no disrespect. If there is no comparison then why even bring it up. It is embarrassing, everytime Catholics point fingers at others who abuse children; it appears as pure Schadenfreude, and does not seem charitable or wise if the Church is to overcome this.And the blaming of corrupt American society doesn’t seem right either-it totally ignores the worldwide scope of this problem-Mexico, South America, Australia, Ireland ( some of these countries are held up as model “Catholic” countries, where one would be hard pressed to obtain birth control, let alone abortions.If you want examples of people treating others as sexual objects (I do not deny that it is rampant-but I do disagree on some of the root causes) then it shows more good faith to survey your own backyard;PLEASE…… Talk to Catholic wives, faithfully and trusting Church teaching and only use NFP. Ask them about the stress and strain on marriage, and the pressure they feel to “give in” to otherwise good husbands who only pay lip service to NFP, but whose fail in to love their wife as “Christ loved the Church”- sometimes it is a cruel selfish failure, sometimes it is out of weakness; but when the husband betrays the relationship, asserting his privilege to her body, most wives will tell you it feels like rape…and that is just the immediate consequence.I am not talking about women using NFP for child “spacing” purposes, but as their only option when health issues, depression, temporary illness/ taking dangerous medications makes pregnancy detrimental to their health, or the health of a child conceived during this time. (I have personally been in this situation-if you think I we women just look for wild excuses to allow birth control-please research the effects of a medication I mut take (long term for Rheumatoid Arthritis)- called Methotrexate-without which I could not care for my other children, and maybe not even walk, eventually.And as an aside, since you cannot possibly have any insight into what it is like to be a young mother of small children…..I can’t think of one woman I know who thinks “Gee, I wish the church allowed me to use birth control, I really need some good, mindless recreation”.Most of us would give our right arm for the recreation of a good night’s sleep, a few hours away to recollect ourselves, pray, study in a place of a little piece and quiet, or have a little adult conversation once in awhile.We are faithful, or at least trying to be, good Catholic Christians; and it is not just a veneer coving an amoral nymphomaniacs.You want to move out into society and address one of the areas contraception may have some relationship on sexual behavior, then delve into the dark world of “date rape”-only it’s often not a date, the girl does nothing that could be interpreted as “asking for it” (even so, NO means NO and no one earns being raped. I regret to say my very own daughter was a victim, and didn’t tell us for nearly a year out of shame-and nearly suicidal.****Maybe you can suggest some other ways for the Catholic Church to now ‘get its house in order’****Father, with all due respect, the answers have been given over and over, but they are circumvented, ignored, and most scandalous, those who have given them (and before that, warnings of the inevitability of the Crisis if changes weren’t made) have been marginalized, demonized, and in some cases just plain kicked out the doorstep.I do not fling idle accusations, and I have researched and though painful and unpleasant, educate myself probably more than the average person in the pew- and as much as I’ve read-and prayed even more-my heart breaks for those children, and maybe that is a sin to value them over the reputation of Bishops the the Institutional church-then I have a crisis of faith on my hands; and only say these things here because I am not allowed to say them in my very traditional Catholic Parish, nor openly to my Priest, who I know is very troubles, but our Bishop has already made his judgments very harsh, public and final.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/12373317560249811006 Fr. Dwight Longenecker

    Art, you clearly speak from the heart on a difficult topic, but your points, I think, spring from my article, but are not really about the article, or my points at all.The topics you bring up are worthy of a longer discussion, but not in a blog combox.Thanks for writing.


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