Explain it all for us, Father Benedict:
In a recent interview with the National Catholic Register, Father Benedict Groeschel, of the conservative Franciscan Friars of the Renewal, said that teens act as seducers in some sexual abuse cases involving priests.... "People have this picture in their minds of a person planning to—a psychopath," Benedict said. "But that’s not the case. Suppose you have a man having a nervous breakdown, and a youngster comes after him. A lot of the cases, the youngster—14, 16, 18—is the seducer." Pressed for clarification, the New York State-based religious leader explained that kids looking for father figures might be drawn to priests to fill a hole.
Um. Wow. Just. Wow.
And believe it or not, Sloggers, it gets worse from there:
Benedict expressed a belief that most of these "relationships" are heterosexual in nature, and that historically sexual relationships between men and boys have not been thought of as crimes. "If you go back 10 or 15 years ago with different sexual difficulties—except for rape or violence—it was very rarely brought as a civil crime. Nobody thought of it that way... And I’m inclined to think, on [a priest's] first offense, they should not go to jail because their intention was not committing a crime."
So... the boys are seducing the priests, no one thought this stuff was a crime FIFTEEN SHORT YEARS AGO, and all that priest-on-boy hole filling is totally "heterosexual in nature." Nothing gay or criminal about priests fucking boys—excuse me, about priests being seduced by boys with holes that need fillin'. But this detail is my favorite:
Benedict is an influential voice in the American Dioceses and continues to maintain a high-profile in the church, writing several books and appearing weekly on a religious television network.... Benedict is also a professor of pastoral psychology at St. Joseph’s Seminary of the Archdiocese of New York.
The Catholic Church, ladies and gentleman—they'll be here all millenium.