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Thread #149850   Message #3489509
Posted By: Steve Shaw
12-Mar-13 - 09:04 AM
Thread Name: BS: Catholic religion response to 'today'
Subject: RE: BS: Catholic religion response to 'today'
Well I'm not a member of the Catholic church any more so it's not really my business...but I do have an issue with this business of letting priests and nuns get married. Don't get me wrong - I'd be all for it - but it seems odd to me to suggest that this would be the panacea to end child abuse. If it's being suggested that there's some simple correlation between sexual frustration and the propensity to harm children, I'm very suspicious. First, many married people are abusers anyway. Second, the vast majority of celibate people do not abuse children. Third, sexual abuse of children is a serious criminal issue. To suggest that a man who has been allowed to marry might otherwise have become an abuser is a little bit pat for my liking. There is surely something fundamental in the psyche of that bloke that must be pushing him in that perverted direction, married or not. The worry is that seriously flawed human beings are being allowed into the priesthood, and letting them marry is not the point. I suppose you could argue that the marriage prospect might attract a better sort of bloke. But I still think that the perception that you can probably get away with your abuse is the big issue that needs addressing first. It's complicated. Just saying we should have married priests in order to address the abuse issue is a bit simplistic, desirable though it may be.