frrostedman wrote:We are all fallen creatures. Priests of any denomination are not excluded from this fact.
Can anyone think of another scenario where a grown man is surrounded by young boys and in a position of complete power and control over them?
If we can bring these scenarios to light, and draw a comparison, I'm pretty sure what we'll find is that Priests are much like everyone else.
Adult boy scout leaders comes to mind - although they still aren't in a position of such power and control as a priest is.
I'm saying it's not Catholicism that's the problem. It's the scenario where young boys are subjected to the power and leadership of any man, who can do whatever he wants unwatched and unchecked. I think we could put any type of man in the position of the priest and you will find that the same ratio of "other" people will do the same thing these priests are doing.
However........ because of the very nature of the priest's position, he is supposed to be the LAST person on Earth to partake in such activities. But "supposed to be" and reality are two different things most of the time. I do not believe that men groom themselves to be priests in a planned effort to take advantage of young boys. What I do believe is many of these priests didn't even know they had an attraction to young boys until they found themselves in a position to take advantage of it. Any priest worth his salt, at the very moment of discovering this weakness, should voluntarily have himself defrocked.
On the contrary the Catholic Church is and was the problem. Because they knew that this was going on a lot and never did anything to correct this. They are not spending and dishing out billions of dollars for a few cases. This was rampant and still is while absolving guilt with confession and absolution
In 1079 The celibacy of the priesthood was decreed by Pope Hildebrand, Boniface VII
Jesus imposed no such rule, nor did any of the apostles. On the contrary, St. Peter was a married man, and St. Paul says that bishops were to have wife and children. (Read 1st Timothy 3:2,5, and 12; Matthew 8:14-15).
This should of never been instituted in the first place