Pedophilia – A Catholic Church’s History

A continuous gnaw has wreaked havoc on my gut of late. It stems from the latest conviction of a Catholic Cardinal for pedophilia. When asked in closing what he would say in his defense, the Cardinal sent chills through the airwaves as he claimed that what he did was ‘vanilla sex’ and shouldn’t be condemned so harshly. The obvious rationale being that he knew of, and/or witnessed, far worse by his peers and thus his ‘vanilla’ wasn’t worth the persecution. The extent of that statement is the core of conspiracy theories because it is represented by a truth or truism that can easily spike perverse imagination of what might be entailed in the non-vanilla world of Priestly tradition.
How can a man of the cloth, a man who is a devout follower of God, logically justify pedophilia?

So I decided to research ancient history within this context:

Like Homosexual, the term Pedophilia was not coined until modern times. The term paedophilia was created in 1886 by Viennese psychiatrist, Richard von Krafft Ebing. The original term used in ancient Greece and Rome was pederasty.   Dating from sometime in the 9th century BC, it is thought that the practice was a cultural norm. It is believed that Saint Augustine, Muhammad, Socrates, Lord Byron, and Ghandi all participated in this form of relationship which was socially acceptable in the time.

While pederasty may have been the origin, it was very different from what has evolved into pedophilia. In ancient periods, all forms of sexuality were acceptable in that they were not considered criminal or deviant. The Old Testament references having multiple wives in order to “proliferate”.  Sexual relations with young boys was common, especially among the elite. The Roman era references the monarchial rule of Kings and Priests who were provided slaves with whom they could freely have relations. In the 3rd century, Mesopotamia, ritualistic homosexuality was an integral part of temple life.
The term homosexual was also created by Richard von Krafft Ebing in 1886. While in Latin ‘homo’ simply means man, as in homo sapiens, in Greek it can mean ‘same’. It should be noted that Ebing believed that sexual relations should be for one purpose only, procreation, and that all other forms of sexual relations were perverse, deviant.

Unfortunately, Ebing felt that ‘any’ relations that could produce a child were perhaps reproachable, but not deviant. Thus rape was not considered perverse.

It is likely that within the confines of the Catholic Church, the change in societal morays were never adopted, and thus it never qualified as deviant in this contingent. But then the Church has operated outside of the law since it’s inception as it still adheres to the belief and philosophy of serfdom.

Some pundits argue that pedophilia in the church is a minor fault within the scheme of statistics. Only a very small percentage of Catholic Priests and Bishops have been convicted. But that logic is rife with hypocrisy. Conviction rate is not a viable statistical assertion. A parallel assertion would be that the vast majority of thieves and murderers are prosecuted and in jail. The absurdity of that is obvious, and it applies to pedophiles, priests, and sexual assailants. The vast majority are never prosecuted.

Others argue that the Church’s Priests and Bishops entered into this pedophilia state of mind due to the clause of celibacy. But celibacy was not always a rule. The first Pope, Paul, was married. Many subsequent Popes were also married and had children. The Council of Elvira convened in 304 AD requiring abstinence even if the clergy was married. In 325, this ban was overturned by Constantine. Celibacy in the Catholic Church has only e less than a thousand years.

“In the early 11th century Pope Benedict VIII responded to the decline in priestly morality by issuing a rule prohibiting the children of priests from inheriting property.” In 1139 AD celibacy was made the rule of law within the Church.

But homosexuality and pederasty were not prohibited. While they both were well entrenched prior to the law of celibacy, the rule then became that the clergy were prohibited from procreating – not sexual relations.

Therefore, homosexuality and pedophilia can NOT be attributed to celibacy because they both existed well before and were considered an elite rite of passage.
Some historians claim that the law of celibacy was created to ‘lift’ the church into a higher status than even the nobles by claiming sex with women was sinful and beneath them.

In the Bible’s New Testament, Paul was writing letters to the Corinthians and Galatians between 53 AD and 55 AD, in which he was responding to a flagrant lack of ethics or morality within the culture. Prostitution was largess, bestiality existed, and orgies were commonplace. People were no longer ‘procreating’.

This was not nouveau, this was the lifestyle that had existed for hundreds of years prior, dating to the 9th century BC. It is also relevant to note that Paul wrote numerous letters to the Corinthians and Galatians, although only a limited few have been preserved and acknowledge by the Church.

While this research in no way supports pedophilia in the church, it does reveal that in their world, it is a code of ancient history that is righteous. It explains the statement “vanilla sex”. And it explains how and why the Church believes laws are a means of control for the elite, while they hold to the epithet that they are, above the law. They meaning – All those who define themselves as – elite.

While I in no way purport to hold myself out as a theologian to any extent, I was curious to try and understand and research how the highest members of the Church could justify their behavior.

IN particular:  What thought process could possibly justify the rape of a child as “vanilla sex”?

Catholic Church – Child Predators

The Catholic Church is embroiled in a pit of fire surrounding the ongoing, heinously sinful child sexual abuse that has permeated the Church for likely centuries.   This past weekend Pope Francis held a televised live broadcast in which the discussion of this rampant egregious deed was discussed.  And yet, the entire event came across more like an infomercial than a real self-evaluation repentant matter with constructive solutions.

1)   Survivors of abuse were ‘disallowed’ from entering the conference – it was a closed door event.

2)   Senior Cardinal Marx announced that files on abusers were destroyed.

3)   Pope Francis was aware of the atrocities and did virtually nothing to bring justice against his house of criminals.

How do these truthisms bring belief, faith, or hope that the Vatican is really serious about doing anything? Instead, it makes the entire conference look like a sham, a flim-flam media posture event.

Francis was installed as Pope, March 2013.  Over the last few decades there have been 2600 accusations against Priests in the US alone.  All of these allegations were transcribed, the offender was named, and a file created.   It would appear, the Church destroyed many files, meaning each successive Pope was aware of the allegation, and instead of bringing justice, they sought to destroy the evidence.  No evidence – no allegation – Priest cleared.

The conference was attended by just 200 participants…  mostly Bishops.    But in 2018, six Dioceses in Pennsylvania found these same Bishops were guilty of covering up evidence of Priests abusing upwards of 1,000 children.  So in essence, Pope Francis is putting these same morally convicted wolves in charge of guarding the chicken coup.  Obviously it has worked well in the past…

But even that knowledge doesn’t break the surface of corruption that was plagued the Church for ‘decades’, I would think it is more likely centuries.   In the late 2000’s, Pope Benedict XVI sanctioned Cardinal McCarrick of Washington DC for abuse allegations.  Two of the allegations remain ‘sealed’ from the public, others were destroyed.  And despite, the statement by Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano that he instructed Pope Francis about the sanctions and allegations in 2013, Pope Francis turned a blind eye and repealed the sanctions.  Why?  If Pope Francis really wanted ‘justice for the children’ as he commanded the Bishops at the conference in Rome, why then did he repeal the sanctions of abuse on his own Archbishop?

But it is worse.  The Vatican and multiple Bishops received reports of McCarricks ‘transgressions’ for decades before anything was done at all.

The history of the abuse within the church was not even addressed by the media until the 1980’s, within the auspices of the Franklin Scandal, and the UK Jimmy Savile sensational story.  In both instances, pedophilia, abuse, was asserted against numerous high profile persons in the US and UK, including entertainment and sports figures, politicians, doctors, lawyers, and anyone with a lot of money to spend.

Like the Catholic Church pedophilia scandals, neither of these two scandals provided justice in any form whatsoever to the victims.  And in most instances, the victims were actually further victimized.  No one went to jail.  No one was sanctioned.   The stories were so high profile, so backed with $$$$ that to this day, one person was charged, Jimmy Savile.

To think that a conference of a handful of corrupt Bishops presided by a corrupt Pope would yield anything different, is like slapping Weinstein on the wrist and demanding that he write 500 times, “I will not ever do that again…”  With his fingers crossed behind his back.   “Pinky swear.”

Some media outlets tend to blame the Priesthood’s rule of chastity as their defense and justification.  And while their manhood might be difficult to subjugate, child abuse is not a normal evolution.   Pedophilia, is not a normal evolution.   A Priest, a Bishop enter the Church promising to uphold chastity as a part of their dedication.   If they don’t believe this is acceptable, there are numerous alternate religions that espouse Christianity that do not adhere to this particular conviction.  They have – a Choice.

One of Pope Francis most revered authoritarians was Romano Guardini, who wrote extensively of Christian Socialism.   Guardini embraced such philosopher’s as Nietzsche, Plato, Socrates, and Aristotle, who advocated Atheism.  Under his pre-Pope name, Jorge Maria Bergoglio, Pope Francis was not bereft of drudge and accusations, including his purported facilitation of the kidnapping of two Jesuit Priests during Argentina’s Dirty War.  These Priests were then subjected to horrific torture. Complaints were filed.  And despite one of the Priests coming forward and claiming the Bergoglio was indeed complicit, and not only reluctant to help, but allegedly involved, the case was – dismissed.

Why?

Money talks.

And so, this is the Pope. This is the Francis who claims that – now – suddenly – the children deserve justice.   This is the person, the man, the power vacuum that wields the whip of Catholic Doctrine and by default, core religiosity.  He sits behind the gated, walled, city of the Vatican that is guarded by the most elite soldiers in the world, equipped with infinite guns and ammo, to protect the men and their wealth who have confiscated their bounty over centuries in the form of art, real estate, stocks, and gold.  All the while telling the sheep what is real, what is truth, what is history, and what is – sin.

While living – the Dream.

Sexual abuse of children is a part of that dream.   It is a part of the history of valuing self above the law – even, the law of God.