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Vexen Crabtree 2015

Paedophile Priests and Child Abuse in Christian Institutions

My last week's research and writing has shocked and disgusted me, but here is the conclusion from new page (a re-write of a 1998 page):

"Child Abuse by Christian Priests: Horror, Paedophilia and the Clergy" by Vexen Crabtree (2009):

"Child abuse and paedophilia has been a particular problem for Christian institutions. It seems that the Church's teachings on sexuality, and the general restrictions of the strict teachings of Christian churches, lead to a development of sexual dysfunction amongst its priests. Christian Churches, the biggest example being the Catholic Church, have fought to conceal paedophile priests and move them from place to place when allegations arise. They have tried to deal with paedophilia by sending priests on sick leave or to rehabilitation centres ran by other Christians, but, it appears that Christian hierarchies are the last places you should trust when it comes to dealing with sexual abnormality. The scale of the scandals has led to various Churches declaring themselves bankrupt as they attempt to pay some of the court costs and settlement fees demanded of them. No other industry - even those closely associated with children such as boarding schools - has a rate of abuse anywhere near the rate found amongst Christian clergy. Counting is difficult, but, around 3% of all priests appear to be prone to recurring sexual indecency with children."

There are many example stories within this page, and I have had to gloss over a seemingly endless stream of horrific cases. I will add more country-by-country profiles when I have the stomach for it, but for now I want to put this topic behind me!

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Re: "Forced celibacy and an unhealthy regard for human sexuality combined with convenient "privacy" and secrecy usually do end up perpetrating this type of crime."


I have recently finished reading a book called "Predators, Pedophiles, Rapists and other Sex Offenders" by Anna C. Salter, and was informed that priests don't necessarily become criminals because of "forced celibacy" and pro-abstinence philosophies.

Rather, cunning pedophiles, knowing that their sexual preferences are taboo/criminal, are attracted to and take advantage of the "perks" that come with the priest's lifestyle: the IMAGE of being morally upright; the default, unquestioning TRUST that the average person gives to them; as well as EASY ACCESS to children. They are not "good people gone bad" - they are wolves in sheep's clothing. *THE* Masters of Deceit.

The key point is, pedophiles aim for your TRUST. EVERYBODY'S trust. They try to cultivate a well-liked personality to make it virtually impossible for everyone to even think that they can be capable of crime. And there is no better role to play than a respected, earnest, "God-fearing" priest. (I doubt that any of these criminal priests are truly religious either. They probably just study and talk about it for appearances' sake.)

Pedophiles don't just pose as priests either. They could be someone you know and trust. An alarmingly high percentage of child sexual abuse have been perpetrated by someone close to or related to the victim. It could be anyone you trust. A gentle teacher, a nerdy babysitter, a pious brother/sister...

Oh, and one other priesthood bonus that they like so much: Celibacy. Nobody expects a priest to have sexual relationships with adults.

So... no, it's not the Church's teachings that have caused them to become pedophiles. Rather, their pedophilia caused them to "become" Christians. (Or strictly moral people.)

(Yes I'm the same person who's read the book about sex criminals and posted helpful information above.)

I want to add...

The best solution that sex-crime experts and authorities could come up with right now is prevention through AWARENESS. Everybody should be educated on the nature and procedures of pedophiles.

Virtus.org aims to do this job. I'm not aware of any other sites or child abuse awareness programs right now as I haven't been searching for one. (I haven't even read in detail the Virtus website - and no I'm not affiliated with them in any way. I simply discovered their handouts some months ago - that was the only good thing I found inside a church, lol)... I just brought up this site in case you haven't read it yet and you're interested...

- pluto girl -

Ha ha ha, no, official large-scale research and psychiatric consultation has definately found that paedophilia is something that develops due to abnormal sexual constraints; no official research has condoned the idea that paedophiles have a tendency en masse to become priests!

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