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Catholics blame society for abusive priest--really?

Updated on March 19, 2012

Get a grip Catholic Church

"The 1960s and 70s caused priest to be abusive"

So, the Roman Catholic Bishops sanctioned a report about abusive priests that says that it is society’s fault that priest are abusive, not the priest themselves. The report said, “One major factor, she said at a news conference in Washington, was social turmoil in the 1960s and '70s that led some priests "who had some vulnerabilities" to commit child sexual abuse. She said Catholic seminaries had done a poor job of preparing priests "to live a life of chaste celibacy," as their vows demanded.”

These people are arrogant and irresponsible to blame society and not the priests who ruined the lives of thousands of children. They are also trying to absolve themselves of the blame for hiding these predators for years. This is complete narcissism.

Take the case against Rev. Oliver O’Grady. O’Grady was a priest that preyed on children over a long career in California. Whenever it was found that he was abusing children, his bishop, Rodney Mahoney would move him. The Catholic Church knew about O’Grady’s abuse of children as far back as 1976. O’Grady spent 14 years in prison and was deported back to Ireland in 2001 after his release. There is a movie about his life call “Deliver us from Evil” where some of his victims talk about their assaults as little children. O’Grady lived in Ireland, according to a documentary and his needs were being paid for by the Catholic Church. In 2010, O’Grady was arrested in Dublin with child pornography. He had pictures of children as young as two.

This report does not blame the church’s practice of celibacy. It rightly separates true homosexuals from priests who prey on children. However, it just a way for the church to absolve itself from any wrong doing and blame the decadence of society for the bad behavior of these priest.

Shame on the Catholic Church for being so self-serving and how arrogant are these people who seem to think that they can get rid of their guilt by blaming it on the rest of us. The truth is that these priests who abused children are pedophiles. Nothing will ever stop them from their quest for sex with children except jail. However, the Catholic Church is just as guilty because it hid their behavior for decades and now is trying to blame society for its sins.


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    • fpherj48 profile image


      6 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      habueld...Shame on the Catholic Church for SURE! They are arrogant and pompous, always have been, always will be. How do I know with such confidence? I am a recovering Catholic for the past 30+ years.....having been lied to, manipulated, used, abused and brow-beaten for the 30 years prior. Barely got out alive with my sanity intact. The biggest comedy of all, as far as I'm concerned, is when I hear the phonies and frauds of the catholic cult suggest that "perhaps if the church would allow priests to marry, these problems would not exist."" lmao. OH, ok, so that cult is not only going to break a thousand year old rule/tradition and allow preists to marry?....but, wait! Will they go one step further and allow them to marry BOYS???? Because, let's face reality...THAT'S WHAT THEY LIKE!!

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      Jean Bakula 

      7 years ago from New Jersey

      I definitely agree. I don't understand why priests are not allowed to marry. My husband attended a Russian Orth Church as a child/teen and in that faith priests can marry. I don't attend church myself, so could be wrong, but isn't the leader of the congregation supposed to be a spiritual advisor if you have problems? How can a single, supposed virgin advise married couples about sex, marriage, and issues of raising children? Probably in a different order!


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