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Sociology, Theology, Anti-Religion and Exploration: Forcing Humanity Forwards

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Vexen Crabtree 2015

Sexual Child Abuse Cases in Germany

I just wrote up two BBC News articles on cases of child sexual abuse by priests in Germany.

I haven't been collecting any statistics on abuse of children by priests in Germany, but, this year (2010) a BBC News article mentioned that there are 170 child abuse cases there by Catholic priests alone, for which German Bishop Robert Zollitsch apologised, and Catholic Pope discussed these cases at a meeting in Germany. Cases in 18 of 27 dioceses in Germany are being investigated at the moment in 2010.

In one bad case, Norbert Denef was suffered sexual abuse by a priest for five years, starting at the age of just 10 years old, while attending a boys choir in the late 1950s to the 1960s. Denef says "I felt I was in a dark place, in solitary confinement". And in a shocking and unfortunate twist, he was then abused for a further three years by a Church organist. It is either naivety or sexual blindness that allows this behaviour to continue for so long undetected - or at least unchallenged - and until the Catholic Church massively changes its attitude towards sexuality, sexual education, and priestly celibacy, we should not assume Christian organisations to be safe places for minors or the vulnerable of society.

Germany's justice minister, Sabine Leutheusser-Schnarrenberger, has criticized the Catholic Church for its "wall of silence" over child abuse, saying that the Vatican's rule on secrecy was impeding investigation of these cases.

I've added that to "Child Abuse by Christian Priests: Horror, Paedophilia and the Clergy: Germany" by Vexen Crabtree (2009)

Later on that page I discuss the findings of psychologists and sociologists who believe that it is Christian teachings on sexuality, and celibacy, that leads to this prevalence of sexual abuse cases, and the Pope at the meeting in Germany discussed the Archbishop of Vienna who made some relevent comments. I've added this to the same page under the heading Christian Teachings on Sexuality Cause Sexual Dysfunction:

In 2010 Cardinal Christoph Schoenborn, the Archbishop of Vienna, voiced a similar-sounding opinion in a diocese magazine, suggesting that the Catholic Church should examine its policy of celibacy and that these problems "and the issue of personality development. It requires a great deal of honesty, both on the part of the Church and of society as a whole" although I am not sure it is the honesty of society as a whole that is in question, given the scale of sexual abuse cover-ups by Christian churches. Speaking of honesty, after the Cardinals comments were noted by the outside world, including the Pope, the Cardinal issued a follow-up statement saying that priestly celibacy wasn't the "prime" cause of Christian child sexual abuse. He meant be right; the prime cause might be Christian teachings on sexuality in general.

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Two thoughts strike me about this. Firstly the priesthood are in possession of a lot of power over people but as a group rely on the whole power structure looking clean and shiny leading to a tendency to cover up wrong doing in their ranks. This has allowed individual priests to get away with this for a long time. When people find they can get away with something they will often do it and this is not a thing confined to the priesthood except by the catholic churches particular tendency towards cover up, which is dose share with other organizations. The power of the catholic priesthood over the rest of society is fading at present which may explain why we are now seeing all these cases, but maybe we should worry about what this tells us of power structures that are not fading.

Secondly you keep linking this to celibacy. This is not an irrational assumption so lets assume it is the case and theories as to why celibacy leads to pedophilia. I would in fact suggest that what supposedly celibate people get up to in private may give us an open window on the true sexual preferences of the human race when unencumbered by social ideas of right and wrong. After all if for them all sex is wrong then kinds of sex most people see as wrong suddenly ends up on a par with what most of us see as alright. The logical conclusion of this is that the sexual preference of pedophilia is actually quite common. I've theorized this is the case for some time ever since I saw an "article" in The Star Describing one of their models as having a "perfect tiny rear". The woman shown had a backside not dissimilar to that of a 12 year old. Now personally I'm a man for curves and said to myself "If this child with added knockers is what people find attractive then pedophilia is not as rare as the the papers make out. There is a point to all this which is if Pedophilia as a sexual preference is "Normal" then to try to discourage the sexual abuse of children by claiming the sexual preference is sick will not be successful because it flys in the face of reality and there is plenty of reasons for pedophiles to say their sexuality is common and carry on abusing. Instead we should concentrate on the wrongness of the actual abuse. Of course I doubt the tabloids would ever allow this to come about.

excellent study of yours

Celibacy is the root of all the child abuse

In fact,I also I think that it is celibacy among priests that causes child abuse. What is religion? A human invention? People say that, we have religion so as to establish a certain discipline in the society. However, religion should give the individuals a liberty and not impose. This is the problem with christianity. they tend to impose celibacy on priests. I'm not trying to insult christianity, because I respect it. They tend to forget that the priest is a human being and that he needs to live his life like every human being.That is, he has the right to everything that a normal human being has, including sex. The fact that celibacy has been imposed on them, this cause them to commit child abuse.And in cases of child abuse, both persons involved in it, suffer. So, why make more victims of child abuse, in the name of religion? As far as I know, religion was not invented for this reason. Another misinterpretation by the human race!


I agree with anonymous.

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