I’ve frequently noted that the problem with pedophilia in the priesthood is due to a problem with some seminaries accepting homosexuals. You can read more about that in Goodbye! Good Men: How Catholic Seminaries Turned Away Two Generations of Vocations From the Priesthood. Isn’t is odd how I always receive outrage from “gay rights” proponents when I mention this? Well, I see now that we have an admission, at least on the point that there has been a problem with seminaries accepting homosexuals.
From South Florida Gay News (Emphasis mine):
Tony Adams, a Roman Catholic priest who has been on an extended vacation from that vocation for many years, is Senior Features Correspondent with SFGN. He’s also editor of the 20 member queer arts and culture blog, Queer New York. To prepare for the priesthood, Tony went to live in a seminary where he was the youngest of six hundred students ranging in age from fourteen to twenty-five. After two weeks in the seminary, he realized that he and most others therein were gay and that it was not to be discussed.
There’s your pedophile problem, right there, folks. Read Goodbye! Good Men: How Catholic Seminaries Turned Away Two Generations of Vocations From the Priesthood. “Priesthood” does not cause pedophilia. Neither does celibacy. I myself am celibate. I have my problems, believe me, but lust isn’t one of them. Homosexuality is an aspect of men being attracted to boys, not celibacy.
Further, it should be noted that the Church does not approve of admission to seminary of candidates who have same-sex attraction. See Instruction Concerning the Criteria for the Discernment of Vocations with regard to Persons with Homosexual Tendencies in view of their Admission to the Seminary and to Holy Orders.
From the time of the Second Vatican Council until today, various Documents of the Magisterium, and especially the Catechism of the Catholic Church, have confirmed the teaching of the Church on homosexuality. The Catechism distinguishes between homosexual acts and homosexual tendencies.
Regarding acts, it teaches that Sacred Scripture presents them as grave sins. The Tradition has constantly considered them as intrinsically immoral and contrary to the natural law. Consequently, under no circumstance can they be approved.
Deep-seated homosexual tendencies, which are found in a number of men and women, are also objectively disordered and, for those same people, often constitute a trial. Such persons must be accepted with respect and sensitivity. Every sign of unjust discrimination in their regard should be avoided. They are called to fulfil God’s will in their lives and to unite to the sacrifice of the Lord’s Cross the difficulties they may encounter.
In the light of such teaching, this Dicastery, in accord with the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, believes it necessary to state clearly that the Church, while profoundly respecting the persons in question, cannot admit to the seminary or to holy orders those who practise homosexuality, present deep-seated homosexual tendencies or support the so-called “gay culture”.
Such persons, in fact, find themselves in a situation that gravely hinders them from relating correctly to men and women. One must in no way overlook the negative consequences that can derive from the ordination of persons with deep-seated homosexual tendencies.
Different, however, would be the case in which one were dealing with homosexual tendencies that were only the expression of a transitory problem – for example, that of an adolescence not yet superseded. Nevertheless, such tendencies must be clearly overcome at least three years before ordination to the diaconate.
If those in charge of making these determinations would follow the guidance of the Church on the matter, pedophilia in the priesthood would be far more rare than it already is, if not altogether non-existent. Same-sex attraction is same-sex attraction, regardless of age. If a man with same-sex attraction is in a situation where he feels it important to hide his same-sex attraction, of course, he will prey on those who are least likely to expose him to the public — children. Common sense should inform us of this, but sadly, too many hate the priesthood so much that they would prefer to blame priesthood or celibacy for what is really a homosexual problem.