AuthorsDen.com   Join Free! | Login    
   Popular! Books, Stories, Articles, Poetry
Where Authors and Readers come together!

SIGNED BOOKS    AUTHORS    eBOOKS new!     BOOKS    STORIES    ARTICLES    POETRY    BLOGS    NEWS    EVENTS    VIDEOS    GOLD    SUCCESS    TESTIMONIALS

Featured Authors:  J.S. Bradford, iBob Mitchley, iDavid Arthur Walters, iDeborah Frontiera, iMary Adair, iJeanne Miller, iFrederick Brooke, i

  Home > Cultures > Articles Popular: Books, Stories, Articles, Poetry     

Joseph G Langen

· + Follow Me
· Contact Me
· Books
· Articles
· News
· Stories
· Blog
· Messages
· 17 Titles
· 19 Reviews
· Save to My Library
· Share with Friends!
·
Member Since: Aug, 2007

   newsletter

Subscribe to the Joseph G Langen Newsletter. Enter your name and email below and click "sign me up!"
Name:
Email:
Joseph G Langen, click here to update your pages on AuthorsDen.

Books by Joseph G Langen

Priest Sexual Abuse- Why Does It Happen
by Joseph G Langen   
Rated "G" by the Author.
Last edited: Friday, May 16, 2008
Posted: Friday, May 16, 2008

  Print   Save    Follow    Share 

Recent articles by
Joseph G Langen

Time to Give Words a Rest
Haley's Story
           >> View all

An exploration of the question about why priests abuse teens and the implications for your life.

Priest Sexual Abuse- Why Does It Happen?

When the scandal involving Catholic priests first made the headlines, my initial question was why. Was there something about priests which inclined them to be abusive? Was celibacy the problem? How could men dedicated to service of others betray their parishioners?

 I waited for an explanation. None emerged. Shock, disbelief and outrage all understandably took center stage. Some people blamed the Catholic Church. Some tried to minimize the problem. Bishops covered it up by moving abusive priests like checkers on a board, hoping they could remain hidden.

  Authors and reporters have thoroughly chronicled the effect on victims. The courts have demanded accountability through prison sentences for priests and financial penalties for the dioceses involved. It seemed that this crisis suddenly emerged in the past few decades. But church documents chronicle attempts to correct this problem in the first few centuries. It’s not a new problem but a taboo topic as incest was before the 1970’s.

 So now what? Pope Benedict has pronounced that he will prevent future abuse by priests without saying exactly how he and the church hierarchy will go about the task. One of my main concerns is that in our rush to end the problem we have not first stopped to understand it. Of course, discussion of sexual abuse is unpalatable. No one wants to imagine it could even happen. Yet it does. Although there might be fewer cases lately, priest sexual abuse still shows up in the news on a regular basis.

 Where do we start? The John Jay Commission has taken an overview of the problem. Now it is time to look more closely at the contributing factors. What inclines people to abuse others, particularly children and adolescents? What is there about our culture which encourages sexual abuse? Is there something about the structure of the church which encourages priests to become abusive or attracts potential abusers to the priesthood? What role does the expectation of celibacy play? Research and speculation have explored all of these issues or at least begun the search for understanding.

 The mind of the abusive priest is one resource which has been studiously overlooked. Of course it would be uncomfortable to get into their minds. It would be like wallowing in a cesspool. But maybe that’s where some good clues to this problem might emerge.

 In researching material for my novel, The Pastor’s Inferno, I was able to find only one study of the minds of molesters, Unspeakable Acts: Why Men Sexually Abuse Children by Douglas Pryor. I found no studies of the inner workings of abusive priests. Maybe it is time we as a society open this chapter.

 

Life Lab Lessons

1.  Is there something in your past life which shames you?
2.  What led you to act this way?
3.  Did you try to stop yourself?
4.  What kept you from controlling yourself?
5. What have you done to get back on the right path?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Web Site: Commonsense-Wisdom



Want to review or comment on this article?
Click here to login!


Need a FREE Reader Membership?
Click here for your Membership!


Popular Cultures Articles
  1. The Chinese Experience in Hawaii
  2. What's Worse than Racism?
  3. Deluge Myths based on Fact?
  4. Cup-Marks and Pre-Historic Rock Carvings:
  5. Detroit Institute of Arts
  6. What If?
  7. The Olympic Slaughter Goes On and On and O
  8. Christmas
  9. Duality: The Trees of Mythology
  10. ISLAM-O-PHOBIA

Chinese puzzle chinois - photography by Albert Russo by Albert Russo

Photo book on China with texts in English and French by Albert Russo, Eric Tessier, Daniel Michelson and Sébastien Doubinsky..  
BookAds by Silver, Gold and Platinum Members

Mexicana - photography by Albert Russo by Albert Russo

Photo book on Mexico with short poems by Albert Russo, Eric Tessier and Feijoo, in English, Spanish and French..  
BookAds by Silver, Gold and Platinum Members

Authors alphabetically: A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

Featured Authors | New to AuthorsDen? | Add AuthorsDen to your Site
Share AD with your friends | Need Help? | About us


Problem with this page?   Report it to AuthorsDen
© AuthorsDen, Inc. All rights reserved.