I Suppose Altar Boy Robes Constitute ‘Suggestive Clothing’?

The headline of the article is enough all on its own to push a rage button or two: Divorced parents also to blame for pedophilia, Polish Archbishop Jozef Michalik says. Imagine how super-exciting it was to discover that the content is actually even worse:

“We often hear that this inappropriate attitude (pedophilia), or abuse, manifests itself when a child is looking for love,” Archbishop Michalik said.

“It (the child) clings, it searches. It gets lost itself and then draws another person into this.”

Are you… seriously, you have to be kidding me. There must be a translation error. Please? I just … did you seriously just say that underage kids are out there dragging priests into molesting them?

When we actually get to the bit about divorce which inspired the original article’s headline? It’s part of this little gem: “Today nobody talks about divorce doing great harm to a child. It’s obvious that sex abuse does great harm, one can’t forget about it, but it’s not the only thing.”

It’s starting to fall into place, here. To rational people, suggesting that young children are luring priests into their own molestation would be the kind of thing which smells like week-old vomit. It leaves a bad taste in my mouth, and I didn’t even say it.

Then you follow up by suggesting that divorce and sexual molestation are somehow equitable in the pot of childhood negative experiences? I have to assume that your grip on reality is tenuous at best. In which case, it’s really just wrong to go picking on the mentally unstable. It’s like messing with a child, and what kind of horrible human being does that?

(via Joe.My.God.)

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