These men really have no idea how sexuality works, do they?
A prominent Roman Catholic bishop in Mexico blamed eroticism on television and Internet pornography for child abuse by priests, in the latest incendiary comments on sex scandals in the church."With so much invasion of eroticism, sometimes it's not easy to stay celibate or to respect children," Bishop Felipe Arizmendi said during an annual meeting of Mexican bishops near Mexico City on Thursday."If on television and on the Internet and in so many media outlets there is pornography, it is very difficult to stay pure and chaste," said Arizmendi, an influential bishop from the colonial town of San Cristobal de las Casas in southern Mexico."Obviously when there is generalized sexual freedom it's more likely there could be cases of pedophilia," he added.
No. No. No. It just doesn't work that way. And the fact that they still think it does shows how out of touch they are, which makes it really hard to respect them. If they haven't bothered to learn all this even in the face of the crisis, is it even possible to explain it to them? Their thinking on the matter is adolescent at best, and at worst makes it sound like the pedophile priests are simply the victims of an oversexualized culture. And, more troubling, makes it sound like they still think that increased strictness and repression is the cure for it all rather than openness.
Update: Check the comments thread, where I explain more fully the problem of the hierarchy seemingly viewing this as a question of lust rather than of victimization, concentrating on the sin against chastity rather than the crime against justice.