What is the psychology of catholic priests who molest young children?

Question by Who’s That Pokemon?: What is the psychology of catholic priests who molest young children?
Is it something from the bible that makes them behave that way? is it that the bible forbids such behavior (and all sex is seen as bad) that makes priests want it more? And why young children, is it because of their vulnerability?

Is it because many priests were gay to begin with? (Boys are usually the victims of priests more so than girls)

Best answer:

Answer by Фрэнсис Морэн
Priests that molested children were pedophile at first, they turned out priest cause they could be with children and have their trust and the trust of their parents…

Also being gay is not at all related with pedophilia

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  1. Martell said,

    Wrote on May 12, 2013 @ 4:43 am

    There are pedophiles in every filed of endeavor! They can and DO rationalize their behavior for their own gratification!

  2. Kyler said,

    Wrote on May 12, 2013 @ 5:14 am

    I have long since wondered this myself, and while I have yet to reach any firm conclusions, I do have a theory.

    Priests spend most of their lives in churches, they are forbidden to fornicate with adults but they have sex drives like any other human beings do. As anyone knows, the longer sexual desire is put off, the stronger it becomes.

    One of the most common participants in a church is a child, and thus, priests spend much of their time around them.

    Now of all the members in a church, what age group do you think looks up to the priests and appears most captivated by the priest, it is the children. Children are relatively gullible and view the priest as representative of God. I theorize that priests abuse this authority over children to take advantage of them as the only way of neutering their over powering sex drives. They feel that they can get away with it because the child thinks that God will punish them for talking about or something like that.

    Anyways that’s just my theory.

  3. cristoiglesia said,

    Wrote on May 12, 2013 @ 5:33 am

    It is extremely rare for a priest to be a pedophile. In fact, as far as adult groups are concerned the least likely chance is for an abuser to be a Catholic priest. In the general population 5% are pedophiles. Among Protestant groups such as the Southern Baptists they have admitted that 15% of their clergy have committed sexual abuse. The greatest abusers in society are school teachers and family members. Statistically only 1/2 of 1 % of Catholics have been accused of pedophilia. Unfortunately most that are accused cannot defend themselves because they are quite old when they are accused or dead. It is really impossible to know the legitimacy of the accusations that reports incidences tht happened 30 to 50 years ago. Unfortunately they cannot be prosecuted because in most jurisdictions the statute of limitations has expired.

    I think tht the reason that pedophilia is so rare among priests is because of their vow of celibacy in following the instructions of Jesus and St. Paul. Pedophiles go after young children because that is the definition of a pedophile. They have a perverse and evil sexual desire for children.

    Most of the legitimate abuse by Catholic priests was perpetrated by homosexual priests that had sneaked into the priesthood and had sexual relationships with young homosexual prostitutes. While this was not illegal it did create great schandals in the communities where it occurred. When found out the priests were sent to treatment that promised to cure them of their desires nd when deemed cured they were relocated to other parishes so to avoid th scandla their actions had caused. God bless!

    In Christ
    Fr. Joseph

  4. Slieve-an-ierin = "Mountain of iron said,

    Wrote on May 12, 2013 @ 6:28 am

    There are more teachers molesting children than there are priests. There are more police officers that molest children than there are priests, in fact, if you were to look at society as a whole, the percentage of RC Priests that molest children is less than 1%.

    Is 1% to high a number? Yes, it is. But one person that molests a child by ANY member of society is one to many.

    I do not condone what some of these priests have done, but I have to agree with what a previous posters have said. The RCC is considered to be very wealthy, and some of these people who are claiming to be molested 30 and 40 years ago are after the money.

    Some are legit, I have no doubt, but for those that wait for so long, what is the reason? In some cases the priest has died or retired, has moved around so much that it is impossible to decide what is truth. Result? Easy money AND it has the added benefit of making the Church look bad.

    Again, I do not condone what this small number of priests are doing, but I can not agree with your statement that the Roman Catholic church has 20 to 200 times more paedophiles than general population?

    Also, for those who say it is because they can not marry, I would like to bring to your attention that the vast majority of child molesters are married with children of their own.

    Catholicism is the most widely followed religion in the world. Is it any surprise that it has the most religious teachers in the world. Of the1% reported sex abuse claims against the Catholic Church, there goes the reputation of hundreds of thousands of devoted priests, sisters and brothers. Their chosen path as a priest has been marred in the eye of the public by a few sex abuse scandals.

    I do not support paedophile priests and as a Catholic I am in full support of the removal of them from affiliation with the church.

    The church made a mistake by harbouring the paedophile priests in the eye of the public. This was to protect the reputation of a long standing church that gives hope to 1.3 billion Catholics across the earth.

    To answer your question the Church does not attract so many homosexual and paedophile priests. Like i said from the hundreds of thousands of priests and millions of brothers and sisters the claimed paedophile priests are not so many.

    It is not a joke or public misconception but a gross misconception.

    When the time comes these paedophile priests will be judged by God and dammed to hell or forgiven for their sins, justice will be done.


  5. Julian T said,

    Wrote on May 12, 2013 @ 6:39 am

    its sad and a disappointment with god, religion when you become a priest you take a vow and you have to be strong these people fail and are not strong they get sexual urges and sin, then they shouldnt be a priest if there going to fall into temptation they should get help.

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