posted on Feb, 5 2014 @ 03:44 PM
reply to post by webedoomed
I actually seriously very nearly entered the priesthood mussel in the early 1990s when the sex abuse scandal was raging in New Zealand.
I talked about it with several priests and even our local bishop. I want to make it clear that I am not, capital NOT making excuses or supporting
their actions, but from a human viewpoint their explanation on the issue does make sense.
I was told that family tradition with Catholic families usually being quite large was that one son would enter the priesthood. It was usually the
youngest son in most cases. So, these men had not really chosen, or been called into the priesthood but more forced into it through cultural and
social pressure. What's more, they went straight into the seminary from school, so they had no time to even think about sex and sexuality. (Remember,
in the old days, before the 1960's especially, sex was a totally taboo subject)
So, these men had never consciously signed up for a life of celibacy, they were kind of forced into it. There are other priests who have broken the
vow of celibacy with adults, but many abused children because they were accessible. Basically, most of the men who were doing this never really wanted
to be a priest anyway. As I said before, none of this makes it right, but the understanding that these people are men who's heart's and minds are
not dedicated to their vocation explains the recipe for disaster.
So, the church way back then had already seen there was a huge problem with rogue priests and that a large part of it was because of the way priests
were selected in the first place. As part of my interview process, celibacy was brought up and I was asked if I had considered the full implications
of it because the church was taking it very seriously with new candidates in the priesthood I.e. if there was the slightest doubt about celibacy,
don't bother, we don't need any more problems than we have already with this issue.
So, internally the church knows all too well of the problem and it is a generational / still cultural in parts of the world thing. The whole idea of
the priesthood is that men are called to it and knowingly walk away from a life that includes sex among other things. The best priests I ever met were
the ones who were 'late' vocations I.e. they had liveda bit of life first, just like Jesus apostles and had decided for themselves that they
weren't missing out on anything with sex.