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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.

Update:

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.

RenewAmerica

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

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