The reason behind Catholic Clerical Pedophilia

Why are there so many Catholic priests who molest little children, especially boys, all around the world?

I'll start a list:
1. Their religion forbids them to marry or engage in sexual activity. They are to be celibate for life, or risk losing their careers and livelihood and dignity. Is this not already a sick act? It is unnatural and inhuman to forbid someone from EVER engaging in any sexual activity for fear of burning forever in hell. They instead become sick repressed individuals whose sex lives have been ruined by the Church.

2. They have control over children. Priests are often alone with kids. They are their confessors, their choir instructors, their Biblical guides. The children will either fear him or respect him and admire him a lot. They are vulnerable to being terrified into silence by this. The priest risks a lot less risk of discovery than if he'd have just gone to a male prostitute (ask Ted Haggard).

3. Many of them are just pedophiles. When in a final explosion, that is only natural to expect of a sick individual, that pushes them finally to any sexual contact, the cowards go for the easiest route: the children, the weakest target and the least-likely to cause discovery. If we're going to have a sex offender registry, people like this need to put on it. They do not need to be put in situations where they could be in control of children.

4. Christianity is sado-masochistic. According to the teachings of Christianity, every single one of us drove the nails through Jesus. We were complicit in his execution and his spilled blood. So every Sunday at mass we should drink the blood and eat the flesh, which sounds so much like nothing more than a masochistic ritual. We helped kill him so now he is our savior, and we have to drink his blood and praise him eternally for how good he was to us. We are sick, depraved people who can only be saved if we accept Jesus Christ as our lord and savior. That is the world-view of a Catholic priest, who worships that God that has himself tortured (Jesus is God after all) and forces all of us to praise him for doing that to himself and for saving us from his own wrath.

I could go on, but this is my main view of why child molestation is especially rampant among Catholic priests.

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Comment by Chrys Stevenson on February 20, 2010 at 2:29am
I'm sorry TNT66, but I just can't let that go without comment. Psychologists and psychiatrists agree that the rate of pedophilia and hebephilia in gay males is significantly less than in the heterosexual population. They are the experts. They've done the studies. You are confusing homosexuality with the other two conditions. I know it's easy to think 'same sex intercourse' and immediately think 'homosexual' but mental health experts draw specific distinctions between sex with underage people and sex between adults. There is a difference, and it should not be confused because it unfairly maligns a section of the population which has more than enough to deal with without being branded as pedophiles.
Comment by TNT666 on February 20, 2010 at 2:24am
I'm pretty certain the percentage of pedophilia and hebephilia are similar between hets and homos. I've heard of extremely few pds who are attracted to both sexes! There are gay ped/heb and there are het ped/heb, it's just that we aren't so surprised by the latter, as we EXPECT most priests (or whatever nomenclature) to be have a limited sex drive. They live within very closed and secretive circles, it's just natural for chit to happen.
Comment by Chrys Stevenson on February 20, 2010 at 1:36am
TNT666 the fact that priests are mostly attracted to boys does not mean that they are homosexuals - only that they are hebephiles. Sexually immaturity and same-sex relationships often go hand in hand - consider boys in English boarding schools. Indulging in same-sex relationships at boarding school or as a teenager, does not mean that you are necessarily a homosexual. The fact is that these priests are, generally, not attracted to adult men - only to pubescent boys. There has been a great deal of research done into this and the findings are clear - homosexuals rarely indulge in pedophilia or hebephilia.
Comment by Rosemary LYNDALL WEMM on February 20, 2010 at 1:24am
I second the statement that the clergy of the Catholic Church are not alone in the sexual exploitation of parishioners. Clinical psychologists get to see victims of Protestant clergy, too. It is just that such matters have not yet made the news and are generally, but defininately not always, better dealt with and eradicated by the church heirarchies of non-Catholic traditions. It is much easier to de-frock and expel a member of the Protestant clergy than to remove a priest, monk or nun from their post.
Comment by TNT666 on February 20, 2010 at 1:14am
You're missing a crucial sub category here, religious pedophilia (both prepubescent and teen) is practised mostly on boys.

My take take on the whole deal is that a long long time ago, where was a woman disliking gay man to turn in life. Put yourself in a gay man's shoes, if YOU disliked women, where would be the best place to career in: the church. Doesn't matter which religion, as long as that religion states women are unclean some gay men (not all) will turn to priesthood (or whatever other term per religion) as a career to not have to deal with women. Especially where one still has not experienced the pleasures of gay sex...
Comment by Chrys Stevenson on February 20, 2010 at 12:54am
As I understand it, most priests who abuse children are not pedophiles but hebephiles. A pedophile describes an adult with a sexual preference for prebuscent children. Hebephiles have a sexual preference for adolescents often as a result of their own sexual immaturity. In priests, this is, of course, a direct result of artificially restricting the sexual development of priests on their entry to the seminary (or a least on their entry to the priesthood - I believe many priests see their time in the seminary, before they've taken their vow of chastity, as their last chance to sow their wild oats).

It is well established that there is no link between homosexuality and pedophilia or hebephilia and, in fact, homosexuals are significantly less likely to be pedophiles or hebephiles than heterosexuals.
Comment by Tom Thompson on February 19, 2010 at 11:58pm
The problem isn't confined to the Catholic church. Even Islam has it's share. An Imam in Spain was just arrested.
Comment by Eric R. on February 19, 2010 at 8:22pm
I can see how you would read that I might be relating homosexuality and pedophilia from what I wrote though.
Comment by Eric R. on February 19, 2010 at 8:22pm
Yes and I know that there is a difference between homosexuality and pedophilia and I never said that they were related. I, as a gay man, have enough sense to be able to figure that out. What I meant was that these vows of celibacy make people resort to nasty acts. I talked about homosexuality to say that being homosexual could increase their mental distress-i.e. having to preach a religion that hates them. And some of them have no conscience nor worries about what they're doing except for how to get away with it.
Comment by Rusty Gunn. on February 19, 2010 at 7:09pm
The shit is about to hit the fan in Germany over this issue.



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