Myth

The Catholic hierarchy really is desperately trying to deflect attention from it’s disgracefully immoral behaviour. They’ve tried the poor wayward priests succumbing to temptation argument. They’ve blamed the rise of secular attitudes. Both to no avail. Now we’re back to that fatuous nonsense about their imagined link between homosexuality and paedophilia.

Says man-in-a-frock Bertone:

Many psychologists, many psychiatrists have demonstrated that there is no relationship between celibacy and paedophilia but many others have demonstrated, I was told recently, that there is a relationship between homosexuality and paedophilia.

That is true. I have the documents of the psychologists. That is the problem.

What an uneducated, bigoted fool!

No wonder Stonewall are astonished to find themselves confronting “such an offensive myth” again.

But I’m sure they’re not that surprised. We’re talking religion here. The biggest myth of the lot. Resurrection? Transubstantiation? Birth control is bad? That whole god thing? As I said, biggest myth of the lot!

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2 thoughts on “Myth

  1. Funny. I came across this post while investigating a bizarre claim of a friend of mine’s about celibacy causing paedophilia.

    You might want to

    a) read Ion Zone’s 12:123 a.m. comment on a forum I came across in the same google search that brought me here, and

    b) go and look at some of the stats. Bear in mind that “paedophilia” is sometimes used in the strict sense and some time in a broader sense (that is, sometimes meaning attraction to or sexual activity with children under 12, and sometimes meaning with children or adolescents). You could try, for example, the report prepared by the John Jay College of Criminal Justice, on sexual abuse of the under-age by Catholic clergy, at the request of the U.S. Catholic bishops. Stats don’t prove anything beyond themselves, and I’ve not researched (read:googled!) this much. But the gay rights/interest websites I’ve looked through certainly feature a remarkable amount of adolescent flesh, to say nothing of calls for lowering the age of consent (usually by people well over it, it seemed).

    I am not saying there is a link. But stats don’t contradict the thesis, at least some gay interest websites corroborate it, and there are psychologists who think there is something in it. And Bertone said “there are some psychologists who think there is a link” – this is a fact. He said “this is true, this is the problem” – well, it looks not unreasonable to hold that it is true, I dunno in what sense he meant “this is the problem” – do you?

    I’ve read a couple of the then-Ratzinger’s books, and while there was no doubt lots of stuff in them I should remember, what has had the greatest influence on me is the way in which he deals with ideas, positions or opinions with which he disagrees. He takes the position or argumetn, considers it, makes sure he has understood it, finds possible flaws in it, corrects them, looks for a better way of putting the case, interprets any ambiguities in favour of the proponent of the thesis to hand. And only then does he criticise it. This struck me especially in a book called in English something like Faith, Truth, and Tolerance – you might find it interesting.

    fwiw.

    🙂

    A cyber-passer-by.

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