Anybody heard what the Catholic priest said about child victims of sexual abuse? He said that oftentimes, they are the “seducer”. You heard it right and he did say it, although if you go look for where he originally said it, you won’t find it. Instead, you will find that that article is already taken down and has been replaced by an apology article.
The Rev. Benedict Groeschel of the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal said a lot of “dafuq” things in his interview with the National Catholic Register (NCR). Like what, you ask? O, that child molesters shouldn’t go to jail for their first offense, because they didn’t really mean to commit a crime; and, he refers to Jerry Sandusky as “this poor guy” as he wondered how no one said anything for years. “This poor guy” remember, is the Penn State coach convicted for molesting boys under his tutelage.
What did the Catholix have to say? Well, Editor in Chief of the NCR Jeanette De Melo, was really sorry they published what he said and called it an “editorial mistake”. Whatever, lady. And his fellow friars??? They likened him to an elderly relative, old and addled, not responsible for his ramblings. And what did HE say? Oh, that his brain ain’t the same since he’s been in a car accident. So then, why the hell was he in an interview again????? Bull!
David Clohessy, director of the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, or SNAP expressed concern for victims, witnesses and whistle blowers saying that comments like that are “incredibly hurtful and mean spirited” and that there should be consequences for people like him.
So, here we go again. If this is the kind of thinking that is prevalent in our churches, is it any wonder that Pastor Willacy, of the Belmopan Baptist Church, got off with not a single charge??? Despite existing sexual harassment laws in Belize? Until we rise and holler at these people, refusing to swallow this garbage they spew from the pulpit, we can look forward to more of our children being used to satisfy the depraved sexual desires of our leaders. I don’t know about you, but I aint in for sacrificing lambs for that purpose.
Link to article about comments: http://ncronline.org/news/accountability/priest-apologizes-after-rebuke-comments-sexual-abuse
Link to apology: http://www.ncregister.com/daily-news/father-benedict-groeschel-reflects-on-25-years-of-the-franciscan-friars-of/
3 thoughts on “This Says It All… And Then Some by Fayemarie Anderson Carter”
Very good article; we sometimes forget that there are many hidden victims of sexual abuse; as is the case the church close ranks around their pedophile priest and leaders. It makes me recall when growing up an a notorious pedophile was in our community, when reports were surfacing they simply transferred him to another part of the country….guess what the same thing happened again and he was yet transferred. These people are predators, he always picked the poor, disadvantaged and the marginalized to exploit. I know he is still around doing the same as someone recently related and incident to me. I hope that someone have the courage to “out him”.
Thank you for the article. Christian churches, regardless of which denomination, is about protecting and making excuses for those who assault our children.. Imagine a 5 year old boy who has been sodomized by his teacher, his pastor, by his councelor.. imagine a 5 year old being responsible being sodomized.. THAT is not what christianity is all about.. but its what some “churches of Christianity” are all about”. Protect above all else, not the children but the pedophiles.. SHAMEFULL.
It is disgusting.
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