If the whole pedophile priests scandal that's rocked the Catholic church in recent years wasn't bad enough, now they have a rogue priest on their hands making it worse. In an interview that seems to have been scrubbed from the National Catholic Register, a priest named Father Benedict Groeschel tried to blame the whole debacle on the teenagers themselves.
In short? Father Benedict said the young victims of pedophile priests have been "seducing" the adult friars. Oh, right, the "he made me do it" excuse. What is this, third grade?
Here's what the 78-year-old Father Groeschel had to say about his fellow friars:
People have this picture in their minds of a person planning to — a psychopath. 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.
Seducer? A kid of a grown man?
It gets worse. Groeschel, who has spoken out in the past about how he thinks promiscuous people need to seriously "repent" for their sins, continues to excuse sexual relationships between priests and children. He went so far as to say that the priests don't deserve jail time because they "didn't know" they were committing a crime.
OK. Let's just say that in some instance a teenager did hit on a grown man. The teenager is still just a kid. The grown man is exactly that: a grown-up. And being a grown-up comes with certain responsibilities in this world. We have to act like one. We have to follow the laws.
Sorry Father, but this ridiculous "the kid made me do it" excuse doesn't fly here. This isn't a parent telling the cop that they were speeding because they had an infant crying in the backseat. We are talking about depraved acts that victimize children.
As an adult, pedophile priests have no way to abdicate their responsibility. No matter who initiates a sexual relationship between child and adult, it's the job of said adult to nip it in the bud. What's more, as a spiritual advisor, it's a priest's job to make sure any child who would try to "seduce" an adult get immediate help.
Father Groeschel can make all the excuses he wants, but nothing erases the horrors these men have enacted on innocent kids.
Check out Father Groeschel telling promiscuous people to repent ... maybe he should have directed this at some of his fellow friars?
What do you think of this "excuse" for the Catholic Church's biggest black eye?
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