In the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Father Thomas Reese, SJ, former editor of America tries the same, old line that nobody is buying.
“When you talk to the people who treated these abusive priests, you find that a lot of the ones who abused boys were in fact heterosexual” but targeted boys because they seldom spent time with girls or women, he said.
Does anybody believe this baloney? How does Reese know that these guys were heterosexual? And who believes that priests don’t spend any time with women or girls? Give me a break, that’s all any priest I know sees. Once again, more than 80 percent of all abuse was against post-pubescent teen boys. That’s homosexuality. Period.
Reese then says that this will be “devastating morale-wise.” Not to straight priests. In fact, I suspect that once heterosexual guys who think they may have a vocation become more assured that the priesthood is not a “lavender” profession, we’ll start to see the numbers going up again.