Though many would like to think so, pedophilia—the sexual attraction to children—did not originate in the Roman Catholic Church, and it is not a result of mandated celibacy for priests.
This evil has penetrated every major religion and every segment of society. In any given month, some 40 thousand new young bodies show up on kiddie porn sites intertwined throughout the internet.
For some unknown reason, the Catholic Church is the major brunt of this societal sickness, but the numbers do not support this blame. Randomly pick out a public elementary school, for example, and you will find that 15 percent of the young students have been sexually assaulted by school staff, physically or verbally.
The percentages are certainly not that high in the church, so if we want to target any given group, why not the school system? In fact, we could even blame marriage itself.
About half of all pedophiles are married. Yes, if we carelessly look at statistics alone we could draw the irrational conclusion that marriage is the leading cause of pedophilia. It is a fact that very many perverts marry women who already have children. They marry the woman in order to gain access to her children.
Pedophilia is the most frequent form of sexual assault, with about two-thirds of all convicted sexual offenders being child molesters.
An even worse problem is that very many such perverts also kill their victims. But even if the child survives, he or she must live out a life which is profoundly limited by a permanently wounded soul. Child abuse of this kind is not merely rape of the body but rape of the soul.
A study should be done to determine which religion or which occupation produces the most pedophiles. At this point, the information is missing completely. Is the greatest number in the field of medicine, or engineering? Is the frequency greater in education or greater in construction work? Does this evil rank higher among blue-collar workers or white-collar executives?
One fact is known. This evil has already reached the point of being a literal pandemic. The use of reason would indicate that this infection correlates with the general decline of the respect for human life in general.
Pedophiles have no regard for human life, and many, as stated, will kill to avoid being caught. All child abusers are quite capable of murder, but especially this group. Further, they are beyond rehabilitation.
There is no therapy proven to be effective for this group of criminals. Murderers of adults are more easily reformed than child molesters. There is no hope for them. While many psychologists make a handsome living by treating offenders referred by the courts, their treatment has no effect.
Pedophilia is an evil that belongs to all of society. Focusing on Roman Catholic priests is only a feel-good diversion from the hideous truth.
The foregoing is courtesy of St. James the Elder Theological Seminary, where Ph.D. counseling students are trained in the treatment of child abuse survivors. Total tuition is less than for a single course elsewhere. http://stjamestheelderseminary.org
About Fr. Heyward
Causes Fr. Heyward Ewart, Ph.D. Supports
Intervening for and treating victims of child and domestic abuse; pro-life activists; societal reform by understanding and applying correctly the...