The primary cause of the disproportionate number of sodomite/pedophile priests in the Roman Catholic Church is probation against marriage.
A frequent argument that is specious. How do you explain these limited examples of Protestant abusers who are not bound by vows of celibacy? Incidentally, no one is forced to become a priest in the Western Rite of the Catholic Church. It's a choice made with free will just as the crimes are committed with free will.
You do realize that the problem is centered on the marriage ban.. for a couple of reasons. First because it gives a very limited selection of men who would want to enter the priesthood. And because of that limited number gays and pedophiles are more likely to enter the priesthood and they have known that they would be protected. Why? Maybe because those they report to either are gay themselves or because they know that the Bishops etc will protect the church at any cost. I don't know the answer but it seems those Bishops have created a new Catholic Tradition.
The question to ask yourself is .. is the Church's ban on marriage truthfully due to what they veiw as apostolic tradition OR is it due to inheritance rights of priest's children?
posted on 04/20/2002 7:13:09 AM PDT
It's a choice made with free will just as the crimes are committed with free will.
You are absolutely right. All I saying is that is one of the major reason this culture, for want of a better word, seems to have developed in the RC church is the probation against married priests and the law of unintended consequences.
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