There’s another scandal of Catholic priests molesting small children, mostly boys. Of course, this scandal comes up now and again. But it seems this is a pretty big deal, this time. 300 priests in Pennsylvania, charges spread out over the last 70 years. Some old men with long memories must have come forward.
Although it’s still a small percentage off all the Catholic priests out there, it is a not insignificant number.
The thing is, what do you expect? One of the requirements of the job is that you be unmarried. You have to take a vow of celibacy. What kind of guy is going to answer a job application like that? Well, I suppose some men who are completely uninterested in sex, but that is a rare breed, indeed. Probably rarer than actual child rapists. Most of the men answering an ad like that are looking for a way to hide their eccentric sexual tendencies.
These old priests were probably molested as children themselves, and their molesters before them, on and on back into the mists of time. I’d be willing to wager that pedophilia is older than farming or fire in the march of human development. The Catholic Church just hung a sign on the door.
We shouldn’t rush to judgement, of course, innocent until proven guilty and all that, but one thing I’ve been reading has convinced me, personally, of their guilt: their lame excuses. “It was just horseplay, and inappropriate contact.” Most grown men feel no inclination to engage in horseplay with young boys. The kinds who will, and will have ‘inappropriate contact’ are the same kind who will take it farther if they can get away with it.
“It’s not rape if there was no penetration.” Well, just what exactly is it that you’re admitting to doing? Does fellatio count as penetration? And even if you’re found guilty of something short of rape, it would probably not be a good idea if you continued to be a priest. Or had any job around children.
And the classic “I thought she was 15.” The girl in question was 11.