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The World has gone Freaking Mad and the Catholics are the Craziest

Talk about not taking responsibility…

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I’m so disgusted, I don’t even know where to begin. But, when you read comments(reported by HuffPostReligion) like this from Catholic church priest, Father Benedict Groeschel, founder of the conservative Franciscan Friars of Renewal discussing CHILD sexual abuse and included in an interview appearing in the National Catholic Register, I hope your blood boils, too:

People have this picture in their minds of a person planning to — a psychopath,” Groeschel said. “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.

Wow, did he just give every sexual predator a defense? Too bad this information didn’t come out 6 months ago. Jerry Sandusky might have jumped on it. Yes, yes, let’s blame it on the kids. Oh, surely the older, responsible, larger, more powerful ADULT, who is supposed to know better and protect children, just couldn’t resist that young boys advances. What complete bullshit.

His interview also includes such profound assessments as this…

“If you go back 10 or 15 years ago with different sexual difficulties — except for rape or violence — it was very rarely brought as a civil crime. Nobody thought of it that way… And I’m inclined to think, on [a priest’s] first offense, they should not go to jail because their intention was not committing a crime.”

But, they did commit a crime. If we gave every sexual predator a pass on the first one (that they’re caught with), you really think they’re going to stop before they victimize another child? And I don’t know to which 10 or 15 years ago he’s referring, but Megan’s Law has been around since 1996.

Notice he didn’t say “legitimate” rape. Guess Akin taught at least that lesson. Father Benedict’s suggested lack of “violence” in any relationship where an adult seeks sex with a child makes me ill. We know that predators spend time wooing and courting their victim. It’s still violent, just more subtle violence. And it will always be violating.

Nobody thought of this as a crime? Hmm. I’d like to ask the victims about that.

and this…

Groeschel expressed a belief that most of these “relationships” are heterosexual in nature, and that historically sexual relationships between men and boys have not been thought of as crimes.

Excuse me?

The Catholic Church will teach and drive their members to rally and tell you how LGBT  marriage is wrong and not of God, but hey, want to have sex with the little boy down the street? Well, that’s quite all right. What a bunch of bunk. Call it a heterosexual relationship so you don’t have to explain why you’re adamant that homosexual relationships are an abomination. Never mind about that it isn’t consensual or moral.

So then, when I had to sit through a mandatory training by the Catholic church on learning the signs of sexual abuse and taking responsibility for reporting it when I VOLUNTEERED to direct a Catholic school musical, I must have missed the point. I thought we were doing that because the church was compelled to do something to make up for the past priests’ abuse. Yep, it seemed like a “make your members pay for the sins of the leaders” detention. Again, a way to pass the responsibility to all those parishioners who missed that their priest was a predator. Just like Groeschel’s willingness to pass the buck to the children. More like a shepherd leading his young sheep to slaughter.

I don’t remember reading anywhere in that handbook that relationships between boys and men are heterosexual, either. Or, that we have so many priests in mental distress that we should watch to make sure our own child doesn’t go out and try to seduce one of them.

I’d wager a fair amount that Groeschel will say his words were taken “out of context.” Its become the norm these days. It absolves accountability and responsibility.

But until we demand accountability for all and also take responsibility for our own actions, this kind of stupidity and pervasive blame-game culture isn’t going to go away.

Giving a free pass to be bad to someone who has power and control of the beliefs and attitudes of many is a BAD thing.

Until we stop exploiting the weak and using them to give excuses for the poor behavior of others, things will never change for the better.

When we worry more about being right instead of doing what’s right, it’s always going to be wrong.

I don’t know how many children will hear what Father Benedict had to say about children being the seducers and basically “asking for it” but, since they might not have a voice in this, I am speaking for them. Father Benedict, you are an abomination and your words and thoughts disgust me. Adults, especially priests – who are here to serve and meant to lead and protect, have a responsibility to ensure the healthy and positive development of the generation of young people in their care. You, sir, are dead wrong. Adults have the responsibility to control negative urges, seek medical help or other avenues for nervous breakdowns, and teach by example – especially if that means resisting the alleged seductions of a minor.

I’m sorry, but you can’t say two Our Father’s, three Hail Mary’s and make any big enough Act of Contrition to take away the effects of sexual abuse. Don’t give predators any more reasons to think that this is okay.

Simply Put- No more excuses.

 

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