that devil celibacy made him do it

By Diogenes (articles - email) | Jan 17, 2011

 A Catholic priest in England, convicted of downloading 740 pieces of child porn, told a court that celibacy was to blame. His legal advocate explained:

“He has never had a chance to explore his sexuality. It has remained bottled up and boxed up and he thinks it may be to do with that unexplored sexuality.”

Let's see if I grasp the argument: the Church won't permit him to marry, so the natural desires normally satiated within marriage continue to increase in urgency, so he finally gives up the struggle and dives into indecent photos of 9-year-olds.

Yup. Clearly the Church's fault.

Richard Cross holds a doctorate in psychology, who has taught at the university level, including at Franciscan University. He is currently an educational researcher and consultant in the field of psychology and related disciplines.
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