Father Benedict Groeschel: Clergyman says pedophile victims are often the ‘seducers’



Published: August 30, 2012

The Catholic church is taking some serious heat after a New York-based clergyman expressed sympathy for Jerry Sandusky and said teens are often the ones seducing grown men in cases of pedophilia.

In an interview with the National Catholic Register, Father Benedict Groeschel, 78, said boys without fathers are often the ones to approach their abusers.

“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,” Groeschel, who is based in Westchester, said.

“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,” he added.

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