See how the farmer waits for the precious fruit of the earth, being patient with it until it receives the early and the late rains. - James 5:7

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

In the majority of cases, it wasn't really pedophilia.


Understanding ephebophilia.
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"If one tries to look up ephebophilia in the American Psychiatric Association’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual, one will not find it. Several years ago that Association decided that a homosexual orientation is not a disorder. Officially, homosexual behavior is no longer deviant but a healthy alternative to heterosexual behavior. Thus ephebophilia, being a kind of homosexuality, has no place in the Association’s catalog of mental disorders.
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As Rossetti says (88), pedophiles are not amenable to treatment because “psychotherapy usually cannot change one’s sexual orientation.” But, as he also points out (68): “Many times adults who are sexually aroused by minors may also be aroused by adults as well.” The vast majority of clerical sexual molesters have been involved with postpubescent youths, generally age 14 years and over. Other things being equal, they are, Rossetti says (88), “more amenable to treatment,” for they can learn to “develop satisfying relationships with age-appropriate peers.”
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In other words, clerics who have engaged in criminal sexual behavior with adolescent boys and young men can learn to satisfy themselves with consenting adult males, because that change in their behavior involves no change in their sexual orientation. Such clerics simply are homosexuals who have found underage partners attractive and convenient. But unlike most homosexuals, these clerics have been willing to commit crimes against adolescents and young men. Expecting their bishops to be tolerant and protective, they no doubt hoped to get away with those crimes, and for a long time their bishops did not disappoint them.
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The adolescents and young men were victims of abuse. But in most cases, sexual acts involving such young people are not only abuse. To be sure, in some cases, the youngster did not understand what was going on and/or was unable to resist, and in such cases he was simply a victim of abuse. But in very many cases, as the victims’ own statements usually make clear, they were troubled by the sexual activity in which they were involved yet were submissive partners with the cleric, whose dirty secret they kept because he had lured them into making it their own.
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Thus, such young people cooperated in the sexual activity: they were seduced. Their guilt may well have been venial and may even have been none at all—only God knows—and their cooperation in no way mitigates their seducers’ guilt. Indeed, seducing the victims into sexual sins was far graver than the clerics’ own sexual sinning." - Source
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Links (related topics):
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It's the Homosexuals
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Spanish Bishop of Tenerife suggests children cooperated in sexual abuse.  I need to thank Thom at Ad Dominum for originally posting on this.  I read the same news story.  If the reporting is accurate, the Bishop is misinformed, as the study I cite here suggests:  Though "such young people cooperated in the sexual activity: they were seduced. Their guilt may well have been venial and may even have been none at all—only God knows—and their cooperation in no way mitigates their seducers’ guilt. Indeed, seducing the victims into sexual sins was far graver than the clerics’ own sexual sinning." 
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Likewise it could even have happened that a prematurely-sexualized young person (most likely abused at a very early age) initiated some sort of contact, made himself available, or indicated an overt curiosity and/or arousal - that does not mitigate the responsibility of the adult in question to resist, much less his culpability in the crime.  (The youth in question always falls into the category of 'vulnerable youth'.)
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That said, it is shameful and  irresponsible to blame the youthful victim.
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Photo:  Curious photo of an Islamic cleric kissing a boy.

7 comments:

  1. I can't quote the source, but Archbishop Weakland said something similar about teens "asking for it".
    I know of instances where "mature" teens were looking for a "sugar daddy"...an older adult male to give them all kinds of money and whatever. It doesn't make it right to take advantage of a minor teen, no matter how adult or mature they may seem.
    Any adult male, priest or layman, who believes that someone underage is "asking for it" needs a reality check; or if he did anything, a charge/and or prison sentence.
    It's all very confusing, yeah?
    But today, it's all very clear.
    Nobody, nobody, has the "right" to engage in sexual congress with a minor. Period.
    No teacher, no doctor, no counselor, no coach, no "mentor", no neighbor, no "family friend", no priest, no youth minister, no religious education person, no father, mother, sibling, cousin, aunt, uncle, grandpa, grandma.
    Isn't this just the pits?
    I had to actually list all of this...I'm sick.

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  2. I honestly feel you have to give this over to God, it is not healthy for you to be thinking about it so much....I do not want you to get sick.
    No child should ever be blamed for being sexually abused, God knows what actually has happened as do the victims and their abusers. We must do all we can to help the victims.....they need our prayers desperately.......:-) Hugs

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  3. A taste for "chicken". This ephebo-whatchamacallit is a sexual paraphilia, Just as there are chubby chasers, bear chasers, guys who like trannies, leather, bondage, body fluids, lingerie, etc. There are gay guys that like em young, real young, illegally young. Not that gays are the only ones with paraphilias, but then these are celebrated at the Folsom Street Fair aren't they? There are porn magazines dedicated to fantasizing about these. Movies. And more. Organized communities within the gay milieu which celebrate and promote sexual paraphilias. NAMBLA has been associated with the "radical faery" movement and other more fringe aspects of the "lifestyle" Harry Hay, political theorist, hero and noted pederast and perhaps the originator of the gay-rights agenda.

    The Catholic priest scandal was done through infiltration and cover up following a carefully scripted agenda. How else could these scandals explode with such carefully timed orchestration?

    Who is kidding whom with all this DSM IV talk - anyone who cares to explore the matter can see it is all smoke screen to cover up the debauchery that is the LGBT community.

    It is Marxist class struggle fought through an artificially created political community - one which does not exist outside of political theory.

    Being gay is not an ontological state.

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  4. Father - yep - Weakland did say that but I can't recall when or where. The statement says more about him than it does the kids.

    Yep - it's a dirty subject and it is definitely 'the pits'.

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  5. Women are for labor;
    boys are for pleasure.

    I read this on another site. It was about Muslims, and how American troops find boys left to die after being sexually brutalized by Muslim men.

    I always wondered why Muslims cover their women from head to toe.

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  6. The same thing could be said about women/girls--she was "asking for it" because she had long hair/short hair, skirt too short, too much makeup, gold jewelry drives me crazy, she flipped her hair, dressed like a tramp (whatever THAT means), reminded me of my evil aunt/grandmother/bratty little sister/ex-wife/ex-girlfriend/the girl that said NO etc etc...

    The victims, especially minors, are NEVER to blame...it is up to adults to show a little restraint...part of being an adult is not acting on every impulse...

    Sara

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  7. Pablo--

    If I remember my study of the philosophy of Plate and Socates the Ancient Greeks pretty much felt the same way...

    Sara

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