Promiscuous vs. Predatory: How to Tell the Difference

Sticking the Corners | 6/23/2018 | Staff
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In response to the McCarrick case, Fr. Longenecker, with whom I generally agree, writes something I think is horribly mistaken. He describes McCarrick’s behavior as “sex games,” which he attributes to sexual immaturity. Fr. L. is correct in saying that sexual immaturity is a problem; I think he is wrong in asserting that McCarrick was not being predatory.

We are both, of course, basing our analysis on the publicly-available allegations against the cardinal, and may be lacking crucial additional information. For readers here, though, the question is relevant not because we are judge and jury concerning McCarrick, but because we may find ourselves in the position of having to make the call in other situations. Promiscuous behavior among consenting adults is gravely immoral but it isn’t harassment. I think the allegations against McCarrick are allegations of harassment and molestation.

Yesterday - Post - Links - Accounts - Allegations

Yesterday’s post contains links to assorted accounts, some of them quite detailed, of the allegations against McCarrick.

See if this sounds like “sex games” and “horsing around” — from excerpts of the civil suit the Archdiocese of Newark settled concerning sexual harassment claims against McCarrick:

Times - Hands - Shorts - Top - Bed

As he continued touching me, I felt more afraid. He even tried several times to force his hands under my shorts. He tried to roll me over so that he could get on top of me, but I resisted, I felt sick and disgusted and finally was able to jump out of bed. I went into the bathroom where I vomited several times and started to cry.

That’s no game.

Things - Predators - Youth - Programs - Victim

Here are a few things I’ve written about thwarting sexual predators operating in parish youth programs. When the victim is an adult, sexual harassment is still a crime. The same concepts apply:

My big three red flags are all present in the McCarrick Case:

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