Prominent Priest Defends Child Sex Abusers: It’s the children who come on to them..& Defends Jerry Sandusky…Wtf?
How lovely. Scumbag The Rev. Benedict Groeschel, 79, who i am guessing maybe suffering from dementia or maybe, possibly defending himself, blamed the underage kid for seducing the poor old priest and causing him to lift up his rob and take advantage of the situation. Hey, it’s ok if the kid came on to me. Wink wink…WTF?
A well-known Catholic priest who hosts a weekly religious television show said in an interview this week that child sex abusers are often seduced by teenage boys and should not go to jail on a first offense. But the comments were removed by the website that published them and replaced by an apology from the priest and the site’s editors.
The Rev. Benedict Groeschel, 79, who hosts a weekly show on the Catholic television network EWTN, originally made the comments in an interview with the National Catholic Register. He also referred to convicted pedophile Jerry Sandusky as a “poor guy.”
“People have this picture in their minds of a person planning to — a psychopath. But that’s not the case. Suppose you have a man having a nervous breakdown, and a youngster comes after him. A lot of the cases, the youngster — 14, 16, 18 — is the seducer,” Groeschel was quoted as saying in the interview, which is no longer available on the paper’s website.
Now of course comes the MEANINGLESS apology:
“I apologize for my comments,” it said. “I did not intend to blame the victim. A priest (or anyone else) who abuses a minor is always wrong and is always responsible. My mind and my way of expressing myself are not as clear as they used to be. I have spent my life trying to help others the best that I could. I deeply regret any harm I have caused to anyone.”
Um, i would say your statements were VERY clear…
via Comments Removed: Prominent Priest Defended Child Sex Abusers, Later Apologizes – Yahoo! News.