Child sex abuse link to celibacy

Many Catholic priests take a flexible approach to celibacy, tolerated by church leaders, and some believe sex with children or men does not count, a former Melbourne priest said on Wednesday.

An enormous number of priests struggle with celibacy, Philip O’Donnell told the state inquiry into how the churches handle child sex abuse.

There’s a tolerance for imperfection in celibacy, and that may have led to a lessening of outrage at sex with children.

He said he had no training about celibacy in the seminary and that many priests were ill-equipped. Chosen celibacy is a gift, but mandatory celibacy is for many priests a millstone, he said.
Advertisement

Mr O’Donnell declined to speculate on what percentage of Catholic priests, who must vow to be celibate, were sexually active, but another Melbourne priest has separately suggested it is about half — via redwolf.newsvine.com

Share this Story
  • Art

    Geometric Pattern: Diamond Star: Stone / Red Wolf

    Geometric Pattern: Diamond Star: Bluestone Geometric Pattern: Diamond Star: Brownstone Geometric Pattern: Diamond Star: Pebble Geometric Pattern: Diamond Star: Portland Geometric ...
  • Art

    Geometric Pattern: Diamond Star: Ghost / Red Wolf

    Geometric Pattern: Diamond Star: Abby Geometric Pattern: Diamond Star: Butterscotch Geometric Pattern: Diamond Star: Columbia Geometric Pattern: Diamond Star: Linen Geometric ...
  • Art

    Geometric Pattern: Diamond Star: Retro / Red Wolf

    Geometric Pattern: Diamond Star: Ashbury Geometric Pattern: Diamond Star: Mysterioso Geometric Pattern: Diamond Star: Parkside Geometric Pattern: Diamond Star: Passage Geometric ...
  • Art

    Geometric Pattern: Circle Stacked / Red Wolf

    Geometric Pattern: Circle Nested: Rainbow Geometric Pattern: Circle Nested: Festive Geometric Pattern: Circle Nested: Ornament Geometric Pattern: Circle Nested: Terracotta Geometric ...
  • Art

    Geometric Pattern: Aperture: Brunch / Red Wolf

    Geometric Pattern: Aperture: Salmon Geometric Pattern: Aperture: Citrus Geometric Pattern: Aperture: Lemon Geometric Pattern: Aperture: Olive Geometric Pattern: Aperture: Ocean Geometric ...
  • Art

    Geometric Pattern: Aperture: Stone / Red Wolf

    Geometric Pattern: Aperture: Bluestone Geometric Pattern: Aperture: Brownstone Geometric Pattern: Aperture: Pebble Geometric Pattern: Aperture: Portland Geometric Pattern: Aperture: Sandstone Geometric ...
Load More Related Articles
  • Art

    Geometric Pattern: Diamond Star: Stone / Red Wolf

    Geometric Pattern: Diamond Star: Bluestone Geometric Pattern: Diamond Star: Brownstone Geometric Pattern: Diamond Star: Pebble Geometric Pattern: Diamond Star: Portland Geometric ...
  • Art

    Geometric Pattern: Diamond Star: Ghost / Red Wolf

    Geometric Pattern: Diamond Star: Abby Geometric Pattern: Diamond Star: Butterscotch Geometric Pattern: Diamond Star: Columbia Geometric Pattern: Diamond Star: Linen Geometric ...
  • Art

    Geometric Pattern: Diamond Star: Retro / Red Wolf

    Geometric Pattern: Diamond Star: Ashbury Geometric Pattern: Diamond Star: Mysterioso Geometric Pattern: Diamond Star: Parkside Geometric Pattern: Diamond Star: Passage Geometric ...
  • Art

    Geometric Pattern: Circle Stacked / Red Wolf

    Geometric Pattern: Circle Nested: Rainbow Geometric Pattern: Circle Nested: Festive Geometric Pattern: Circle Nested: Ornament Geometric Pattern: Circle Nested: Terracotta Geometric ...
  • Art

    Geometric Pattern: Aperture: Brunch / Red Wolf

    Geometric Pattern: Aperture: Salmon Geometric Pattern: Aperture: Citrus Geometric Pattern: Aperture: Lemon Geometric Pattern: Aperture: Olive Geometric Pattern: Aperture: Ocean Geometric ...
  • Art

    Geometric Pattern: Aperture: Stone / Red Wolf

    Geometric Pattern: Aperture: Bluestone Geometric Pattern: Aperture: Brownstone Geometric Pattern: Aperture: Pebble Geometric Pattern: Aperture: Portland Geometric Pattern: Aperture: Sandstone Geometric ...
Load More By Red Wolf
Load More In World

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Photos from Flickr