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September 22, 2005

Prejudice and perversion

Posted by Phil on September 22, 2005 11:39 AM

Would it ever occur to the Catholic Church that sexual predation of juveniles in the ranks of its clergy might be the result of the church's moral condemnation of a naturally occurring preference, which causes adherents trapped between faith and their own biology to become celibate priests in a desperate attempt to flee or suppress their true selves? And then the clerical training combusts, in some, with bitterness, self-denial, self-preservation, and still-powerful physical drives to fuel a God/martyr complex that enables them to victimize the young in the name of a church by which they themselves have felt victimized?

You know, as opposed to the predation being the result of just the original preference?

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Hey, don't blame me. I voted for Cardinal Arinze.

Posted by: thp at September 23, 2005 8:51 AM