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BlackRoseFaery
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I saw a snippet on the news this morning about the Catholic church questioning whether or not they could allow gay priests anymore, based the abuse scandal. Their reasoning is based on the fact that many of the victims were boys.

Personally, I think it's disgusting, blatant discrimination against GLBT people. Pedophilia and Homosexuality are EXTREMELY different. Loving someone of the same sex is one thing, but molesting children is quite another and the two are in no way associated. The news anchor added at the end of his report that there are no studies that show that homosexuals are more likely to molest children than heterosexuals.

Anyways, I just wanted to know everyone's opinion on this.

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Heather
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I think the unfortunate thing this is that to my understanding, the majority of cases reported HAVE involved male perpetrators and male victims. But that doesn't mean, as you stated, nor is there any solid evidence overall, that homosexuals are more likely to molest children -- bear in mind, when a lot of mainstream sources talk about "child molestation" they aren't talking about just children but about ALL people under the age of majority, so "sexually assault" may be a better term than "child molestation" -- than heterosexuals.

I think this is making a leap of logic to say that the problem is BECAUSE some priests are homosexual. The better thing to look at might be what homosexual priests aren't getting within the church that they may need (support resources, acceptance in their orientation, etc.), and/or how the church has always treated sexual abuse in general (in a word, poorly, and in secrecy), and/or how sexual abuse and reporting for boys is even less supported and encouraged than it is with girls and so forth.

(Just for the record, since you want to make delineations between homosexuality and pedophilia, might want to make sure you're doing so correctly: pedophilia and child molestation are also not the same thing. Pedophilia simply means sexual attraction to children -- not teens, just those pre-puberty, sexual attraction to teens in an adult is called ehebephilia -- and it implies no action or assault whatsoever. Just the sexual attraction itself.)

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quote:
Originally posted by Miz Scarlet:
(Just for the record, since you want to make delineations between homosexuality and pedophilia, might want to make sure you're doing so correctly: pedophilia and child molestation are also not the same thing. Pedophilia simply means sexual attraction to children -- not teens, just those pre-puberty -- and it implies no action or assault whatsoever. Just the sexual attraction itself.)

Oops...Sorry about that. Thanks for clearing it up for me.


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[This message has been edited by BlackRoseFaery (edited 08-18-2002).]


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Heather
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No need to be sorry.

It's just helpful when making an argument to be sure all of the terms you're using are clear and correct, so thought I'd toss you a heads-up.

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melimelo
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but isn't the church against homosexuality anyway? i mean, if they don't want gay priest, they could give that as a reason instead of child molestation.

(not that i think any reason would be a great one)


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