Ecumenical Sexual Misconduct

The Freethinker recently cited two articles about sexual misconduct by religious professionals or semi-pros.


The first involved two Muslim politicians who were caught “in a sexual position.” It is an entertaining story of pious hypocrites caught with their pants down. It is also a strange story about a couple in their sixties, reportedly living together, who are seemingly overcome by lust. In any case, it was a story of two individuals. Their religion was incidental. 

The other story involves students in Ireland’s National Catholic Seminary (here): The headline says, “Trainee priests to be ‘supervised’ at meal times to stop Grindr use.” Grindr is a gay dating site. The seminarians were openly using it in the dining room. Officials announced that the dining room will now be supervised. While officials questioned the appropriateness of the Grindr app, they said nothing about requiring celibacy. The Vatican claims that celibacy is a great “jewel” of the Church, and the reason that straight married men cannot be priests. Priests are supposedly married to Christ. Violations of celibacy constitute adultery, and Christ doesn’t like wearing all those horns.

Unlike the incident in the prior article, this involves institutional corruption. First of all, the Archbishop previously complained of homosexual behavior in the seminary, and was effectively ignored. Surprisingly, he had no control over the seminary. Directly or indirectly, the Vatican was in charge, and chose to do nothing.

Many Catholic seminaries are essentially gay fraternities. Straight students often complain of discrimination. In the early 1980’s when AIDS first struck, many seminaries suffered from the “gay plague,” contributing to the current shortage of priests. The Church is far more tolerant of clerical homosexuality - even pedophilia - than it is of heterosexual behavior. No other profession has as many child abusers as Catholic priests. Just imagine what would happen if teachers were even half as deviant. More importantly, such abuse is often well known, yet covered-up. While only a small minority of priests actually abuse children, a majority aids and abets them by covering up the crime. This is an unspeakable crime. Naturally, no one mentions it.

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