November 29, 2005


A comment by Dr. Gerard J. M. van den Aardweg, psychologist: "Candidates for the priesthood should be well-balanced heterosexual men"

1. In the end, the American scandals of priests abusing youngsters and even children –to remember: in 20% of the cases the victims were prepubescents, mostly boys- could not be disguised any longer, as it is a present-day social-psychological law that such practices go on relentlessly until the ecclesiastical authorities have to capitulate to the pressure of publicity. This is not specifically an American law; we have several times been witnesses of its operation in Holland (and other European countries) too, concerning prominent priests, even in the case of a bishop.

In fact, everyone could know for quite a time what was happening and how it eventually would end, but those priests who discretely warned their bishop or seminarians functioning as “bell ringers” within their seminary were usually silenced, made suspect, or intimidated. So, shameful as it is, the present, still half-hearted, cleaning up has been cranked up by the media, thus from the outside, revealing a generalized neglect of duty on the part of the bishops and their counsel, a few laudable ones excepted. Alas, alas, alas, much more is at stake than a neglect of duty regarding the ominous homosexualization within the Church.

Posted by kshaw at November 29, 2005 08:04 AM