Fr. Benedict Groeschel on Youngsters As Priest-Seducers: He Says, They Say, I Say


William D. Lindsey

[with illustrating photos]

He said: “A lot of the cases, the youngster — 14, 16, 18 — is the seducer.”

But you wouldn’t know what he said, since National Catholic Register, in which he said what he said, has now disappeared what he said from the Register website

And then he apologized.

And they’re saying (Tom Roberts at NCR, Joseph Zwilling of the archdiocese of NY as cited by Kevin Clarke at America, Jim Burroway at Box Turtle Bulletin, and blahblahblah in response to Grant Gallicho at Commonweal [see the second link above]).

And he’s saying: The real issue is “Why are there not hundreds of Catholic officials publicly denouncing Fr. Groeschel, especially Cardinal Timothy Dolan, whose archdiocese employs or employed him and in whose archdiocese he lives and works?”

And I say:

1. It’s time for this nonsense about excusing adult men molesting minors by blaming the minors themselves to stop.

2. The atmosphere created in the Catholic church by apologists who want to find the situation of adult men abusing minors “complex” (see Matthew Boudway et al. in the Commonweal thread linked above) is toxic. Blahblahblah betrays the mission of the church to be a sacramental sign of the redemptive Word of God incarnate in the world.

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