WHEN BISHOPS TALK BOLLOCKS

From ABC NEWS:

A prominent Roman Catholic bishop in Mexico has blamed eroticism on television and internet pornography for child abuse by priests.

"With so much invasion of eroticism, sometimes it's not easy to stay celibate or to respect children," Bishop Felipe Arizmendi, of San Cristobal de las Casas in southern Mexico, said during an annual meeting of Mexican bishops near Mexico City on Thursday.

"If on television and on the internet and in so many media outlets there is pornography, it is very difficult to stay pure and chaste."

On Monday the Vatican's secretary of state, Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, said priest paedophilia was linked to homosexuality not celibacy.

"I have recently been told, that there is a relationship between homosexuality and paedophilia," he told a news conference in Santiago, Chile.

COMMENT: From what I recall, back when I was a teenager, pornography is probably a major help in maintaining celibacy and not the opposite as Bishop Arizmendi suggests. In fact, without the assistance of erotica I have a strong suspicion many teenage virgins would probably self-combust (at least, the male of the species would).

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WHEN BISHOPS TALK BOLLOCKS — 16 Comments

  1. Certainly the internets were FILLED with gay porn back in the 60s and 70s when the scandal was at it’s peak. Of course that’s all over now that there is no longer porn on the internets to incite innocent Roman Clerics.

    As you Brits would say, what a wanker.

  2. “I have recently been told, that there is a relationship between homosexuality and paedophilia,”
    And I have recently been told that there is a relationship between the RC hierarchy and a loss of all credibility!

  3. “With so much invasion of eroticism, sometimes it’s not easy to stay celibate or to respect children…”

    It’s the “or to respect children” part that’s just unbelievable here.

    Normal grownups are NOT attracted to children; I don’t care HOW much eroticism comes their way. And I’m sure Mexican television does not broadcast child porn.

    Also, nobody HAS to log on to the internet. And if that is an “occasion of sin” for someone then it would be the height of irresponsibility to do so. That’s just one of the basics of catholic Christian formation.

    The bishop is talking pure baloney. (Or maybe he’s rationalizing from personal experience???)

  4. “With so much invasion of eroticism, sometimes it’s not easy to stay celibate or to respect children…”

    It’s the “or to respect children” part that’s just unbelievable here.

    Normal grownups are NOT attracted to children; I don’t care HOW much eroticism comes their way. And I’m sure Mexican television does not broadcast child porn.

    Also, nobody HAS to log on to the internet. And if that is an “occasion of sin” for someone then it would be the height of irresponsibility to do so. That’s just one of the basics of catholic Christian formation.

    The bishop is talking pure baloney. (Or maybe he’s rationalizing from personal experience???)

  5. Really, I think the Bishop has been spending too much time in front of the tube…btw, San Cristobal de las Casas is a very quiet town and sparkles with clean living (makes me wonder what goes on behind all those pristine doors that I don´t know about).

  6. Mmm — I think we may have learned more about our dear MP than we really cared to know….

    Anyway, still Number One on Rome’s “Just Don’t Get It” list is the fantasy that child abuse is about sex, rather than being about power. But then Rome isn’t very likely to admit that any of their problems are about power, are they? (Child abuse is not just a Roman problem, of course — it’s a problem among clergy and teachers of all stripes, religious and secular. And it’s about power issues, not about sex as such.)

  7. sometimes it’s not easy to stay celibate or to respect children

    ANY cleric who would link loss of celibacy to loss of respect for children :-O either HAS abused or WILL abuse (probably both). Outta there, immediamente!

  8. A further thought:

    Don’t you think the bishop’s “loss of respect for children” refers to the FEAR that, what clergy used to routinely get away with, will now be REPORTED???

    The theory is that these abusive priests, are psycho-sexually STUCK at about age 13. Whether it was the friendly exploratory sex-games of peers (e.g. circle j*rk), or the common bullying of younger children, they just really don’t see anything, well, abnormal about it. “Boys will be boys” “all in good fun” [Um, Father/Bishop: you’re 53, not 13? Hello?]

    In this context, the abused boy who reports is the shocking, abnormal DISRESPECTFUL one! [Because while “boys will be boys”, one of the “boys” is still a PRIEST, who should be given divine-right RESPECT at all times!]

    Just my 2c.