Prominent Catholic Priest Says Sandusky was “Seduced” by Teenage Boys

benedict-groeschelWhen looking for clarity and intelligent thought on pedophiles and their urges I, obviously, always go first to the Catholic church. Father Benedict Groeschel, the director of the Office for Spiritual Development for the Catholic Archdiocese of New York may be a fine priest but a recent quote in the National Catholic Register from him regarding Jerry Sandusky is absolutely abhorrent. 

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 … 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. 

It’s an understandable thing … there are the relatively rare cases where a priest is involved in a homosexual way with a minor. I think the statistic I read recently in a secular psychology review was about 2%. Would that be true of other clergy? Would it be true of doctors, lawyers, coaches?

Here’s this poor guy — [Penn State football coach Jerry] 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.

I see, it was all those boys ASKING for it, SEDUCING Sandusky who was powerless against the charms of these teenage boys. 

Despite having published the quote in the first place as opposed to defrocking this pedophilia apologist, the National Catholic Register have since taken the story down and scrubbed all reference to it on their site. Absolutely indefensible.

But don’t worry, he’ll never be punished, at worst, sent somewhere else to continue spreading his misinformed and hateful words. Fuck you Benedict Groeschel you ignorant pederast-apologist piece of shit. I don’t normally advocate hurting the elderly but if someone wanted to punch him in the face I would be totally ok with that

[Andrew Sullivan