Mudcat Café message #3944744 The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #164703   Message #3944744
Posted By: Nigel Paterson
18-Aug-18 - 07:28 AM
Thread Name: BS: Clerical abuse of kids: More Revelations
Subject: RE: BS: Clerical abuse of kids: More Revelations
Some passing thoughts...the Greek Orthodox Church encourages/prefers it's priests to be married. However, if a priest marries, they cannot be appointed a bishop or higher.

I can find no research papers linking celibacy to sexual abuse.

It is likely that individuals who're sexually attracted to children choose occupations like the priesthood because it provides them with a seemingly perfect cover for their activities.

As a former psychotherapist, I have worked with both victim & perpetrator. For the most part, I found the perpetrators to be devious, manipulative & possessing a grossly distorted view of their actions & consequent effects. They know precisely what to say & do to convince health professionals they will not re-offend in order to return to their deviant behaviour. It is a form of sexual addiction, deeply rooted within the psyche of the individual.