“The former Auxiliary Bishop of Sydney blames the absence of women from church life as a catalyst for the sexual abuse crisis enveloping the faith.” The Australian, Wed, April 28, 2010.
Apparently, our former Catholic Bishop Geoffrey Robinson thinks if women had had a louder voice and role within the church, there would have been heaps less abuse.
Relieved that a catholic leader was not flinching from ownership of the horrific abuse they have inflicted upon children, I was curious however, that Mr Robinson didn’t actually clarify how women would have prevented this abuse.
Instead he made these statements after saying that some priests thought they hadn’t broken their vow of celibacy because that vow referred to being married.
“If it’s not an adult woman, then somehow they’re not breaking their vow.”
Now I’m not saying this bishop is a bad bloke. After all he was apparently abused himself and is working for those in need.
Nevertheless I am stuck by his relating, within the same conversation, the fact that men didn’t think they were sinning when they raped children but that anyway, if women had been around, they wouldn’t have done it.
Is it possible that Mr Robinson means that; to put it crudely; if priests had had women to bonk they wouldn’t have raped children?
Is it possible that the Roman Catholic Church; the men that make up this institution; are still saying that men are so victimised by their own sexual drive that when no woman is around a man will grab the nearest kid and rape them?
Or perhaps he means that we women wouldn’t have allowed men to do such things? Though we haven’t done well stopping them in the general community so far!
And anyway how can he mean that?
The Roman Catholic dogma tells us it was Eve that caused man to succumb to his penis in the first place.
All through their history we see women presented as the seductress, pulling man down to the sexual level, when all he really wanted was to commune with his god.
Women have been demonized by the Catholics ad-nauseam. But you know, that’s not really my worry, because as a woman I know just how much crock that dogma is.
Do you mind senior Catholics saying that if no woman is around to have sex with you’ll rape a kid??? Inherently in this argument to of course lies the irrelevance of the consent of the woman even if she was around.
See if I were you, I’d be seriously pissed off by the way they are describing your sex. I have a fourteen year old son and it seems to me that it would be a great thing for men to speak up now. Surely?
I recall male friends being seriously pissed off that those radical lesbian feminists saw all men as rapists. It seems that the Roman Catholic Church does too.