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