Another scandal that never was …

… Poor Fr. Groeschel. He’s 78, you know. Even at 36 I find it hard at times to fully articulate what I’m trying to convey. It happens to the best of us.

“I apologize for my comments. I did not intend to blame the victim. A priest (or anyone else) who abuses a minor is always wrong and is always responsible. My mind and my way of expressing myself are not as clear as they used to be. I have spent my life trying to help others the best that I could. I deeply regret any harm I have caused to anyone.” – Fr. Benedict Groeschel

Personally, I don’t think he had a single thing to apologize for.

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  • Bernard Fischer

    I’ve heard Fr Groschel speak several times on the topic of sexual abuse. He counsels abusers and clearly spends a lot of time trying to convince them that they are still loved by God and possess the same dignity that all people possess. When he referred to Jerry Sandusky as “this poor guy” he probably had that in mind. I can’t explain his “seducer” comment, except that I’m sure he heard that a lot. I’m inclined to give the guy a break.

    I’m a little more worried about NC Register, though. They quickly pulled the piece and apologized for even thinking about running it. Is that journalism? While I don’t admire “gotcha journalism”, the interview is what it is. They didn’t set out to trick Fr Groeschel into making a gaffe. I may be wrong, the the NC Register is an independent news organization: while it used to be run by the Legionaries, currently it’s not run by any diocese or the Bishop’s Conference or anyone else (it’s run by EWTN, but they are similarly independent). Do we get mad when CNN spikes a story critical of Obama? When MSNBC covers up the flaws of Democrats? Of course we do. So why does NC Register and EWTN think it has to cover up for Fr Groeschel?

    When LC owned the National Catholic Register, they were routinely panned for covering up the sins for Fr Maciel. It seems that things haven’t changed. If they are just a PR firm, then they can solicit money from their clients and quit nagging me every time I go to that site.

    • Beth

      Even more frustrating is that they put it out there but pulled it, but not before main stream media got a hold of it, and now they are running with it, leaving Fr. Groschel to defend himself.

      I do believe at 76, with many health issues, that he may not be expressing himself as he used to. He needs our prayers, as do the victims of abuse and their abusers.

  • Tim in Cleveland

    He should have apologized for the “this poor guy Sandusky” comment. Sandusky was a predator and not a “poor guy”. I’m sure Fr. Groeschel is a holy man and all that, but that was a poor example to choose.

    I’m typically not one for absolutes, but I think pedophilia is an exception: pedophiles are bad, always. I’m not eager to “understand” their predicament. Even if preteens “seduce” priests, these men should understand that such young men are disturbed and they not take advantage of that (which is what such priests are doing).

    • Beth

      Is it possible that Fr. Groeschel was misquoted?

      Also I am wondering if anyone read the NCR article before it was taken down.

  • Sharon

    You might like to check out:

    Fr Groeschel, a track record
    If you have ever listened to Fr Groeschel recently on EWTN you will note that he has great difficulty expressing himself as a result of his stroke.

  • tj.nelson

    I agree with you Kat – oh wait! You linked to me! Again – I’m not worthy! God bless you and many thanks.

  • MaryRoseM

    Fr. Groeschel has devoted his life to helping the poor and serving the Church. Since he suffered a stroke anyone who watches him on Sunday evenings can tell that he has difficulty with finding the correct words to use. I believe that he simply misspoke and was not able to articulate properly what he actually believes. This is unfortunate. He apologized and I am certain that he is absolutely horrified at what came out of his mouth. As for the National Catholic Register I really have no respect for them. When I complained to them about the profanity laced comments that appear in the com boxes on their blogs I was blown off. My question to the National Catholic Register is this, “are you more interested in the number of readers you attract and could attract based upon the content of your articles and the comments in your blogs?” Some of the bloggers themselves could benefit from looking at their content because there is a lot lacking in Christian charity to begin with in how they write. EWTN took over the National Catholic Register because it was floundering. I think Michael Warsaw really needs to take a look at management over there and decide if it really exemplifies all that is good about EWTN.

  • Beth

    Did you see that EWTN has issued a statement on Fr. Groschel?

    Statement of Michael P. Warsaw, President and Chief Executive Officer of EWTN Global Catholic Network regarding Father Benedict Groeschel:

    The recent comments regarding clerical sexual abuse of minors made by Father Benedict Groeschel to a news editor of the National Catholic Register should never have been published. In no way do those comments reflect the views of the Register or EWTN. It should have been obvious to the editor that Father Benedict’s physical condition and mental clarity have deteriorated and that the comments were completely inconsistent with his life’s work and witness. We apologize that these remarks were published and ask for forgiveness for this error.

    To regular viewers of EWTN, it has been evident for some time that Father Benedict’s health has been declining. For more than a year, the Network has been in discussions with both Father and his Community about his capacity to continue hosting Sunday Night Prime. This is the reason that the program moved from a live to a pre-recorded format last year. In more recent months Father Benedict’s decline has accelerated. After consultation with EWTN and the Community of the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal, Father Benedict has decided that it is now time to step away from the program. The Sunday Night Prime program will continue and will be hosted by other priests of the CFR community.

    Father Benedict has led a life of tremendous compassion and service to others and his spiritual insights have been a great gift to the EWTN family for many years. We are profoundly grateful to him and assure him of our prayers. At the same time, we ask our EWTN family to pray for all those who have been affected by this painful situation and in particular those who have been victims of sexual abuse.

    (Taken from the EWTN FB Page)