The National Catholic Register published a column by the director of the Office for Spiritual Development for the Catholic Archdiocese of New York, Benedict Groeschel. The article has been removed, but not before Andrew Sullivan got a snippet of it that is just…horrid.
“People have this picture in their minds of a person planning to — a psychopath. But that’s not the case. Suppose you have a man having a nervous breakdown, and a youngster comes after him. A lot of the cases, the youngster — 14, 16, 18 — is the seducer … It’s not so hard to see — a kid looking for a father and didn’t have his own — and they won’t be planning to get into heavy-duty sex, but almost romantic, embracing, kissing, perhaps sleeping but not having intercourse or anything like that.
It’s an understandable thing … there are the relatively rare cases where a priest is involved in a homosexual way with a minor. I think the statistic I read recently in a secular psychology review was about 2%. Would that be true of other clergy? Would it be true of doctors, lawyers, coaches?
Here’s this poor guy — [Penn State football coach Jerry] Sandusky — it went on for years. Interesting: Why didn’t anyone say anything? Apparently, a number of kids knew about it and didn’t break the ice. Well, you know, until recent years, people did not register in their minds that it was a crime. It was a moral failure, scandalous; but they didn’t think of it in terms of legal things,” – Father Benedict Groeschel, the director of the Office for Spiritual Development for the Catholic Archdiocese of New York.
Don’t you see? It’s the little boys seducing these otherwise moral men of god.
So when commenters assure me that the Catholic church calls the police when a pedophile priest rapes a child (except that they don’t), perhaps it’s to report the child.
(Hat tip to Ed Brayton for this)