Clericalism is real, and really bad stuff. The moral rot at the core of all this has its roots not only the human condition conceived more generally, but also specifically in clericalism. Once priests are treated the way characteristic of clericalism, it is a short next step for them to start thinking the rules that apply to others do not apply to them.
If pervasive, nearly-uncloseted homosexuality in the preisthood were the primary cause of the current crisis, it would not be the true that for hundreds of years there have been institutional cover-ups for clerical sexual abuse. We need to get all sexually active clergy out of ministry, of course, but until we deal with clericalism...the core problem will remain.
@peepingThomist I don't quite follow, could you reword the first sentence?
@Matthew Definitely. Don’t know why there are people who don’t see that. But there was bad abuse long before nearly openly gay clergy became a thing
RCsocial.net — a friendly social networking space for those with an interest in Catholicism.