‘The Fact Is, Some Men Should Never Have Been Ordained’

The Deacon's Bench | 2/19/2019 | Staff
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My friend, blog neighbor and fellow Queens resident Dr. Pat McNamara offers us the long view of a Church historian:

From the 1930’s through the early 1960’s, many large dioceses ordained 30-35 men a year on average. The overwhelming majority turned out to be good, loving men, on call 24/7 for the people they served. But the fact is some men should never have been ordained. Some acted out their sexuality in a way harmful to others, especially the young. They relied on the fact that nobody would believe a priest could do something so vile.

Excuses - Things - Mind - First - Generations

Not to make excuses, but you have to keep two things in mind. First, for earlier generations, Catholic and non-Catholic, sex itself was just a taboo subject. You didn’t talk about it under any circumstances. Second, the priest was a revered figure. The idea of a priest sexually abusing youth was disgusting, unthinkable, and unmentionable. It was almost impolite....
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