“A five-year study commissioned by the nation’s Roman Catholic bishops to provide a definitive answer to what caused the church’s sexual abuse crisis has concluded that neither the all-male celibate priesthood nor homosexuality were to blame. Instead, the report says, the abuse occurred because priests who were poorly prepared and monitored, and were under stress, landed amid the social and sexual turmoil of the 1960s and ’70s.”
First of all, when it comes to the topic of “priests” abusing children, we have to start at the beginning. Before they were priests, they were already abusers. There were not men who went into the priesthood and were then influenced to abuse children. They were already abusing children, and then they chose to go into the priesthood.
Men who abuse children know it’s wrong, but there’s a compulsion within them to do it. They can’t control it, not always and not easily. They go into the priesthood for two reasons: 1. some of them know that – if they want to continue preying upon kids – then the church has historically been a predators playground. They’ll have a buffet of boys. 2. They’re literally praying that immersing themselves in god and religion will help them stop. Unfortunately, we don’t hear about the cases in which that worked, if there are any such cases.