Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Porn and the Priest Sex Abuse Scandal: The Connection?

A judge on Monday (12/10/12) ordered the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles to turn over to the court the top-secret files it has kept for decades on dozens of priests accused of sex abuse, bringing the documents closer to public scrutiny. The order by Superior Court Judge Emilie Elias came five years after more than 550 alleged victims reached a record-breaking, $660 million settlement with the archdiocese that also called for the public unsealing of the confidential files. Individual priests have been fighting to keep the records closed, but the California Supreme Court declined to intervene earlier this year after a lower court decision in a related case cleared the way for the release of the documents. Elias gave the archdiocese until Dec. 27 to give her the files on 69 priests to review and then set a hearing for early January to consider arguments from priests who want to keep their files private.
This story caused me to wonder about something: What role did pornography play in the Catholic Priest/Child Sex Abuse Scandal? First, I did just a random search through Google and found countless cases (past and present) in which the possession of legal pornography and illegal child porn was a major factor in the later sexual assault of children by priests. I think the problem is more widespread than previously believed. Although this is also anecdotal, I recall listening to an interview with Dr. Judith Reisman, who served as an adviser to the USCCB, and she recommended that they severe all ties to some rather progressive psychologists, who towed the Kinsey-child sexuality line, that the Bishops hired as consultants. From what I ascertained, they did that. Secondly, I went to the USCCB Web-site; which is voluminous. I did find this interesting study: “The Causes and Context of Sexual Abuse of Minors by Catholic Priests in the United States, 1950-2010;” A Report Presented to the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops by the John Jay College Research Team. The lead investigator has a very impressive background in Criminal Justice. Although, the study is incredibly thorough, it is completely secular in approach and methodology; which is one of its strengths, but also a weakness. For it reflects the mindset of the Bishops in the US during the time-period, who incessantly sought out psychological solutions for priests who sexually abused. For the most part, their reliance on science, blew up in their face. I actually found this passage very telling: “Homosexual men entered the seminaries in noticeable numbers from the late 1970s through the 1980s. This statement is based on the direct experience and reports of seminary faculty and on many written reports by observers.” This era saw the greatest jump in sex abuse by priests. As I have continually tried to uncover, pornography is indelibly linked to the homosexual culture; and this form of porn is often youth based; where older men seduce the younger. And here is the key finding: “Priests who used pornography post-ordination were more likely to have post-ordination sexual behavior. These priests were also more likely than priests who did not use pornography post-ordination to participate in sexual behavior with both adults and minors.” The problem is: the resolutions suggested in the study do not contain the spiritual. These priests are most-likely possessed (through porn) by demonic entities; no amount of therapy will clear that up. 



1 comment:

  1. Hi.

    I am reading your old posts. I see what you are saying. The Church has been using secular solutions to solve spiritual problems. T. W.

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