I’m sorry, Catholics…

…but you gone done it again.

One of your own has said that priests are often seduced by the youngsters, and proposed that Jerry Sandusky was a “poor guy”, and that perhaps the children didn’t think of it as a crime, because no one said anything for all of those years.

photo from Religion News Service

Yes folks, Father Benedict Groeschel, who is the founder of the Office for Spiritual Development for the Catholic Archdiocese of New York, gave an interview with the National Catholic Register last week. In the interview he said that some pedophilia victims were looking for a father figure and could be responsible for them getting into an inappropriate relationship with a priest or coach, or some other authority figure.

SAY WHAT?

Oh yeah, these were his words:

“People have this picture in their minds of a person planning to — a psychopath. But that’s not the case,” Groeschel explained. “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.”

 “Well, it’s not so hard to see — a kid looking for a father and didn’t have his own — and they won’t be planning to get into heavy-duty sex, but almost romantic, embracing, kissing, perhaps sleeping but not having intercourse or anything like that,” he continued.

Holy sweet fuck. He actually said that.

Wanna know what else he said? Do ya? Okay.

Photo credit: (AP/Centre County Correctional Facility)

“Here’s this poor guy – Sandusky – it went on for years. Interesting: Why didn’t anyone say anything? Apparently, a number of kids knew about it and didn’t break the ice. Well, you know, until recent years, people did not register in their minds that it was a crime. It was a moral failure, scandalous; but they didn’t think of it in terms of legal things.”

Groeschel pointed out that “sexual difficulties” were rarely prosecuted 10 or 15 years ago, and now if “any responsible person in society would become involved in a single sexual act — not necessarily intercourse — they’re done.”

“And I’m inclined to think, on their first offense, they should not go to jail because their intention was not committing a crime,” he added.

Yes. Poor old Jerry Sandusky. That was awful what happened to that guy. Imagine, you’re sitting there, planning out your defense for the game against Perdue, and some 10 year old boy shows up and starts to tease you. What the fuck are you supposed to do? You know he’s just asking for it. Right?

Fucking wrong. I don’t care if a 10 year old boy does try to seduce you, same as I don’t care if a 14 year old girl does. They are kids! 

Seriously, dude. You are an adult, and it doesn’t matter what occupation you work at, or how much authority you have in your job. These kids rely on you to make the right fucking choice. Maybe they are fucked up, but they are allowed to be, because they are children.

Hey, I’m not judging what you find attractive, and I’m no stranger to temptation, just like most other humans, but I know how to pull up a memory of whoever it was that turned me on, or whip up a pic or a movie on the internet to satisfy my craving. I don’t care if you have to rub five out before you leave the house in the morning, as long as you don’t fuck kids. Period. They don’t need that shit rolling around in their messed up brain for the rest of their God damned life.

You don’t think that first time offenders should go to jail? Me neither. They should go to an island like Alcatraz with all of the convicted sex offenders. They should have it set up like a little commune with everything they need to survive. Farm tools, animals and a constant supply of sandy lube. You want to talk about survival of the fittest. I’m pretty sure that only the strongest and the smartest will make it on that front. The nice thing is that you don’t have to worry about these fucking scumbags breeding. Sure there will be all kinds of sex, but no more kids. Todd Akin will be happy with all of the legitimate raping going on, and I’m sure that some crony friend of a senator will get the contract for producing the sand infused lube that gets dropped off by helicopter once a month.

You will also save on prison staff, because there will be nothing to guard. Maybe just a military helicopter with a couple of machine gunners patrolling around to make sure no one tries to swim for it. What would that cost the taxpayers? $10000 a day? Pretty cheap taxes for one part of the prison system, am I right?

Anyhow, back to this simpleton Friar. The church is obviously covering this up by saying that the dude is senile, but what worries me is that they would give this senile bastard a high ranking job, a radio show, and an unedited interview in the National Catholic Register.

I was glad to see the statement from Joseph Zwilling, and while it’s not going to alleviate my suspicion of cover ups by the Catholic church, it makes me glad that they are saying that what he said was wrong. Now when he was let go by the church is unknown to me, but in the statement it says that he is not a priest of the Archdiocese of New York. I don’t know whether they canned his ass for this bag of bullshit, or if they ran him off before, when he was starting to go senile (if he really is). Either way, he said it, and if he thinks that, I’m sure some of the people he has counselled, or worked with, probably believe the same.

Well, I might as well print the statement that was copied from Their press release page.

August 30, 2012

 

STATEMENT OF JOSEPH ZWILLING REGARDING RECENT COMMENTS OF FR. BENEDICT GROESCHEL
 
This is the statement from Joseph Zwilling, Communications Director for the Archdiocese of New York, in reaction to comments attributed to Fr. Benedict Groeschel in a recent interview with the National Catholic Register.
 
“The comments made by Father Benedict Groeschel that appeared on the website of the National Catholic Register are simply wrong.  Although he is not a priest of the Archdiocese of New York, what Father Groeschel said cannot be allowed to stand unchallenged.   The sexual abuse of a minor is a crime, and whoever commits that crime deserves to be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. 
 
The harm that was done by these remarks was compounded by the assertion that the victim of abuse is responsible for the abuse, or somehow caused the abuse to occur.  This is not only terribly wrong, it is also extremely painful for victims.  To all those who are hurting because of sexual abuse or because of these comments, please know that you have our profound sympathy and our prayers.
 
The Archdiocese of New York completely disassociates itself from these comments.  They do not reflect our beliefs or our practice.”
I was actually thinking of writing this post with a really powerful description of what I imagine a child would be going through during the seduction of a priest, coach, teacher, cop, but I thought that it would be unfair to the victims to even try to imagine the fear, pain, confusion, and anger that they might feel. I’m sure that there is guilt in there too, I don’t know. Whatever it is, I hope that they know, or come to know, that it was in no way their fault. It’s strange, but up until today, I thought that David Cross had stepped way over a line with his bit on Catholic priests, but after this piece of work said these terrible things, I went back and re-listened. It’s definitely not for the squeamish, or the weak of heart. He is brutally graphic in his delivery, but he gets his point across perfectly.
So here is the clip, and again, I’m warning you of the graphic depiction. This is an audio-only clip, and for some reason it is repeated, so sometime around 5:19 it plays again and you can just stop there. Well, unless you want to listen again, just in case the message didn’t sink in.

So there you have it. By no means all I have to say about it, but about all I am committing to right now. I hope the church figures their shit out, and realizes that the world changes and so must they, or they will be left behind. I would also like to apologize to my Catholic readers, because I know that just because you are a Catholic, it doesn’t mean that you are down with everything that happens in your church. I am by no means blaming everyone for the actions of the few, and want you to know that.

Catholic girls, in the rectory basement, Father riley’s a fairy, but it don’t bother Mary,

Birdman

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4 thoughts on “I’m sorry, Catholics…

  1. FUCK YEAH! You tell em Birdman!

    How can a child be “asking” for it? They don’t even know what “it” is.

    I feel so much sympathy for children this has happened to. Breaks my heart.

  2. High Five Birdman.
    This makes me feel ill and so very sad for these kids. That there are adults in the world that can honestly have these thoughts, act on them and verbalize them is horrifying.

    Not to paint the Catholic Church with a broad brush but the evidence mounts each year and they need to deal with the issues that they condone and propogate. In today’s modern world that these priests can get away with this is unfathomable.

    • I know. It’s absolutely sickening, and I know what you mean. You don’t want to single them out, but they keep digging these holes. Every religion seems to have some sort of skeleton in their closet, but the closets in the Catholic church seem so fucking huge.

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