Proving that old adage about truth being stranger than fiction, a frightening religious figure, the friar Benedict Groeschel, has enraged people everywhere by claiming that some teens are to blame for the sex abuse cases in churches as the teens are the ones who are actually seducing the priests. Groeschel has even gone so far as to say that some male children that don’t have a father involved in their lives might actively seek out a priest for this role, as well as a sexual one.
During an interview conducted by the National Catholic Register Benedict Groeschel discussed the work he did with sexual abusers and the friar answered, “People have this picture in their minds of a person planning to – a psychopath. But that’s not the case. Suppose you have a man having a nervous breakdown and a youngster comes after him. A lot of the cases, the youngster – 14, 16, 18 – is the seducer.”
The National Catholic Register has since taken down Groeschel’s comments claiming that they were an editorial mistake and that Groeschel is being looked after in a home and in poor health which might explain some of his comments and then went on to talk about his selfless acts of charity during his lifetime which included helping poor and homeless people. But none of this excuses Groeschel from his highly inappropriate comments which are still up on news websites that captured a screenshot of the interview before it was taken down.
Father Benedict Groeschel spoke further about these abuse cases between priests and their victims by trying once again to explain it away as the fault of the victims. He said, “It’s not hard to see – a kid looking for a father and didn’t have his own – and they won’t be planning to get into heavy-duty sex, but almost romantic embracing, kissing, perhaps sleeping, but not having intercourse or anything like that.”
These comments of Father Benedict Groeschel’s all serve to show what a hideous abuse of power these priests still have to this day. Joseph Zwilling, the New York Archdiocese spokesman, said, “The sexual abuse of a minor is a crime and whoever commits that crime deserves to be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.” We the public couldn’t agree more.