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US: Wrong party line, Father — didn’t you get the memo?

August 31, 2012

Catholic priest and ‘spiritual writer’ tries blaming the victims, finds that doesn’t go down too well…

 [Interviewer]: Part of your work here at Trinity has been working with priests involved in abuse, no?

[Father Groeschel]: A little bit, yes; but you know, in those cases, they have to leave. And some of them profoundly — profoundly — penitential, horrified. 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.

[Interviewer]: Why would that be?

[Father Greoschel]: Well, it’s not so 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.


It appears that the National Catholic Register has, in recent hours, pulled the interview from its website.

Second update:

Father Groeschel, his community and the National Catholic Register have issued apologies. Click here to read them. I’m satisfied with the apologies, and I ask for prayers for Father Groeschel, all clergy and religious, and me.


Because when your ‘favorite living spiritual writer’ is a dangerous whacko, you need prayers.


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