Teens seduced priests?

I saw a link from The Huffington Post this morning to an article in which an American friar claims that in some sex abuse cases, the teens seduced the priests. Be that as it may, the priests had a moral duty to say “No.” They had a choice and they were fully aware that to give in to the temptation was morally wrong yet they did it anyway. All they had to do was say no and walk away from the situation. You can’t be seduced against your will. The friar stated that some of these priests were undergoing nervous breakdowns or were weak due to circumstances beyond their control. Even so, they had a moral duty to come forward and face the consequences of their actions when they came to their senses. If these priests were mentally incapacitated to the point they could not perform their clerical duties, why were they in positions working with youth?

And when in recent history has having sex with a minor NOT a criminal offense? When was statutory rape merely a civil offense? It sounds like an “it’s-not-our-fault, let’s-blame-the-victim” excuse for not doing what was right. All the Church seems to be offering is excuses, not justice, not reforms, just excuses. That the Church has been covering it up for so many years makes it all the more reprehensible. “For nothing is hidden that will not become evident, nor anything secret that will not be known and come to light.” (Luke 8:17). People who preach the Gospels should actually read them and make an honest effort to abide by them. If you don’t practice what you preach, you’re a hypocrite and a liar.

“A King may move a man, a father may claim a son, but remember that even when those who move you be Kings, or men of power, your soul is in your keeping alone. When you stand before God, you cannot say, ‘But I was told by others to do thus.’ Or that, ‘Virtue was not convenient at the time.’ This will not suffice. Remember that.”

King Baldwin IV, Kingdom of Heaven (2005)

Father Benedict Groeschel, American Friar, Claims Teens Seduce Priests In Some Sex Abuse Cases, The Huffington Post | Religion, 30 August 2012

Author: Rick

I'm a simple man, trying to make my way in the universe.

2 thoughts on “Teens seduced priests?”

  1. It’s not just the Catholic Church. These sorts of problems exist in other organizations as well. My personal feeling is that what goes on in any organization, be it private, religious, corporate or government, should be able to stand up to public scrutiny. If it does then you don’t have to make excuses, try to justify your actions, or try to cover it up. Often the attempts to cover shit up makes the actual crime far worse than if you owned up to it in the first place. Transparency is important. If you do the right thing then there’s nothing to cover up. The truth always comes out eventually.


  2. I don’t buy the doctrine that the flesh is weak or the argument that someone may be morally weak due to circumstances beyond their control. Did these teens who “seduced” the priest use Jedi mind tricks?

    When you repress and suppress desires instead of acknowledging them and redirecting them into a more beneficial and constructive direction, they can become manifested as negative and destructive behaviors. Doing what’s right may not always be easy but it is always possible.


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