Child abuse and the church.

Jul 14, 2015 by

by Andrew Symes, Anglican Mainstream. As past complicity with paedophilia is investigated, can the C of E still speak to the nation about sex? The new inquiry After two false starts, the long awaited independent inquiry into past cases of child abuse in England and Wales officially began at the end of last week. We know two things for certain: the inquiry is going to be very long, and very expensive; already people are questioning the breadth of scope, and the minimum £17.9 million cost. A judge from New Zealand has been appointed to head the inquiry, because the two previous appointees were thought to be too close to the political Establishment which itself will be under investigation, along with other national institutions and individuals, for potentially covering up instances of child abuse and even colluding in a culture which turned a blind eye to sexual exploitation of children. See more in these BBC reports here  and here . Of course the Church of England is one of those institutions which needs to be investigated, and in fact the Archbishop of Canterbury has already taken initiatives to meet abuse survivors and their relatives, and to urge the Goddard Commission to put the Church first on the list as it seeks to uncover some of the truth of what has been going on. The C of E has already had its own internal investigations; one published in 2010 did not expose many cases but did lead to a major push to normalise a culture of proper accountability and safeguarding in all parishes such as we see today. Another report in 2012 specifically investigating the Diocese of Chichester came to some damning conclusions about widespread abuse which occurred especially in the 1960’s and 1970’s, and then the failure much later of some of those in charge of safeguarding to follow correct procedures in taking reports from victims seriously. The Archbishop’s sermon Given the terrible record of some parts of the C of E in failing to protect vulnerable people in its care – what right does the Church have to speak on issues of morality in the nation? All this was clearly in Archbishop Justin’s mind as he preached the Sunday morning sermon at York Minster. He took the lectionary reading from Amos 7 as his main text, which would have embarrassed and upset some liberals who don’t want to believe in a God who promises such harsh judgement on his own people for their sin. Like Amos, said the Archbishop, “the church is constantly called to a loving critique of the secular powers” as part of its missionary calling. He went on to ask a question which critics direct at him and the Church that he leads, and which night-time fears cause him to ask himself: “… what right has the church to speak? …you yourself are not holy, and you are part of a church that has so much in its past and even in its present of which to be ashamed…you are...

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Germany urges paedophiles out of the shadows

Jul 14, 2015 by

by Damien McGuinness, BBC News: Some men who are sexually attracted to children would like help to change their condition but fear doctors will tell the police. In Germany, though, a campaign is under way to persuade them to sign up for confidential treatment, even if they have abused a child – and doctors are hailing it as a big success. Max is a science graduate, in his early thirties. Articulate, with a ready smile and an infectious laugh. He could be your neighbour, your work colleague or your sister’s new boyfriend. A nice guy. An average bloke. Except he’s also a paedophile. Max is sexually attracted to pre-pubescent girls — typically between the ages of six and 11. It’s an urge that for years filled him with self-loathing and despair. “I would see a girl, and I would undress the girl in my mind, and it was just disgusting, and I’d say to myself: ‘Stop this.’ And it just wouldn’t stop. I had feelings of disgust and fear,” he says. Max has never abused a child sexually, nor does he consume child pornography — itself a form of indirect abuse, because children are usually involved in its production. In fact Max is just one of many people who feel an attraction to children, but who are determined not to act on it. They are sometimes called celibate or “virtuous” paedophiles. The word “paedophilia” describes the sexual attraction, not the abuse itself, so not all paedophiles are child abusers – and not all child abusers are paedophiles, experts say, since abuse sometimes has other root causes. Celibate paedophiles are a hidden segment of the population. They have never committed an offence, so are unknown to the police. And because of the taboo – and the fear of violence from people who think they are child abusers – they usually keep their attraction secret. It’s a much bigger group than you might think. Recent research suggests that between 3% and 5% of men, from all social and economic backgrounds, could be sexually attracted to children. Some are attracted only to girls. Others only to boys. Others to both. And some are also attracted to adults. Read here Listen: The Nature of Paedophilia, BBC Radio 4 (available for a short time only) Three years on from the murder of their daughter April Jones by paedophile Mark Bridger, her parents Coral and Paul are calling for help to be given to paedophiles to stop them offending. Perhaps surprisingviews given their loss, but should we be giving this idea a lot more thought? And how can we stop child abuse by paedophiles when we understand very little about...

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Another cover-up of gay abusers

Jun 16, 2015 by

By Bill Donohue, Catholic League: Bill Donohue comments on the resignation of St. Paul and Minneapolis Archbishop John Nienstedt: Both the New York Times and AP reported today that Archbishop Nienstedt protected a pedophile priest, Curtis Wehmeyer. But Wehmeyer is not a pedophile: as with almost all molesting priests—more than 80 percent of them—he is a homosexual. In 2010, Wehmeyer molested two postpubescent boys, 12 and 14, though it wasn’t until 2012 that the mother of the abused boys told a priest about it. She was told to call the cops. She did. Wehmeyer was immediately relieved of his duties, and the Ramsey County Attorney commended Archbishop Nienstedt for doing “the right thing.” It was Nienstedt who got the priest removed. Under his predecessor, Archbishop Harry Flynn, Wehmeyer made sexually suggestive remarks to two men, 19 and 20; he was sent for counseling. Two year later, while Flynn was still in charge, he was found cruising in an area known for gay sex. In 2009, with Nienstedt at the helm, he got a DUI. If Nienstedt made one mistake, it was not dumping Wehmeyer sooner. Ever since Nienstedt criticized the gay movie, “Brokeback Mountain,” he has been a marked man. TheStar Tribune, the St. Cloud Times, Minnesota Public Radio, the New York Times, as well as an array of wayward priests, Catholic journalists, former Catholics, and unethical lawyers, have been out to get him. Just today, Fr. Mike Tegeder said it was a good sign that Nienstedt resigned; Tegeder supports gay marriage. Read here...

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“P” for Pedophile

Jun 15, 2015 by

From American College of Pediatricians: Driving in this morning I began to wonder. Why isn’t the movement of LGBT not the PLGBT movement: “P” for pedophile? When I look at the origins of the transgender movement I find John Money and Harry Benjamin, both bisexuals, who failed to condemn pedophiles, and freely associated with them. When I look at the data from Donald Paul Sullins taken from the Add Health Survey, I see a 7 fold increase in child sexual abuse when lesbian couples get married, compared to when they stayed unmarried. Incest is a form of pedophilia. When I look at sexual minorities studies examining for a history of childhood sexual abuse, I see rates as high as 75%. They were victims of pedophilia. Some of them do engage in pedophilia. In addition, we know that victims of child sexual abuse engage in same sex behavior at higher rates, averaging 4x, but up to 7x higher than their non-victimized peers, depending on the study. When I look at criminology data on adult or juvenile sex offenders, I see many of them were childhood victims of pedophilia or incest. Juvenile offenders that sexual abuse minors preferentially select the sex of the victim to be the same as the one that sexually victimized them. When I look at sex education in schools, I see Alfred C. Kinsey, and his colleagues, and I see pansexuality and an embracing of pedophilia, along with bestiality. Read here...

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Same-sex marriage and the ethics of harm

May 12, 2015 by

By Michael Cook, MercatorNet: What else will change if same-sex marriage is legalized? This is the question which voters in the United States and Ireland should be asking themselves. In the US the Supreme Court is studying whether to declare that access to marriage is a constitutional right for same-sex couples and in Ireland a referendum on amending the constitution will be held on May 22. The easy answer is, Not a bit. How could marriages between two gays or two lesbians possibly harm the marriages of straight couples? This glib response has been powerfully persuasive, even for many people who support traditional marriage. Why should some people be denied the joys of life-long intimacy and companionship, however unconventional, if it will harm no one? But smuggled into this argument is an explosive assumption: that “harm” is the standard of morality. This will certainly become a bedrock principle of future marriage policy if same-sex marriage is legalized. We need to ponder its implications carefully – for they could create a revolution in law and public morality. For instance, it’s hard to think of an activity with stronger moral taboos than paedophilia. Seeking sexual intimacy with children is popularly regarded as one of the worst, if not the worst, possible crimes. Other sexual activities, including bondage or bestiality, provoke ribald jokes, but paedophilia is feared and loathed. Notwithstanding, a Norwegian bioethicist has just published a call to reexamine the ethics of paedophilia and child pornography. “Pedophilia is bad only because, and only to the extent that, it causes harm to children, and that pedophilia itself, as well as pedophilic expressions and practices that do not cause harm to children, are morally all right,” contends Ole Martin Moen in the latest issue of the Nordic Journal of Applied Ethics. Are paedophilic feelings wrong? No, says Dr Moen. “Pedophiles do not choose their preferences, and that though their preferences might well be both unfortunate and pathological, the mere fact of having such preferences is neither moral nor immoral.” Read here...

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The Wrong Kind of Rights: Same-Sex Marriage, Third-Party Reproduction, and the Sexualization of Children

May 5, 2015 by

by Jean Lloyd, Public Discourse: In our culture, there is a chasm between two irreconcilable conceptions of the meaning and purpose of human sexuality and equality. For children most of all, the wrong kind of sexuality and equality has devastating effects. […]  Ironically, it was at that same conference on sexuality research that I began to hear about a different kind of “children’s rights.” No, there was no mention of a right to a mother and a father. Nor was there any discussion of rights such as those spelled out by the UN Declaration on the Rights of the Child, which asserts that children’s best interests must always be the foremost consideration in dealing with decisions that affect them. Rather, it was a whole different conception of rights—rights for children that aligned with and paralleled the interests and research of those present in the room; namely, children, as sexual beings, who have rights to sexual agency and expression. Thus, one speaker highlighted a study on boys as young as age ten forming “consensual” sexual relationships with male adults (without the knowledge of or interference from their parents) and affirmed the boys’ “rights” to do so. To further the discussion, another researcher mentioned a situation where an entire school sports team of teenaged boys received fellatio from a group of twelve-year-old schoolgirls. According to the speakers, this was perfectly good and healthy, as long as neither the girls nor the boys were coerced but rather were exercising their own rights to sexual agency and fulfilling their sexual desires. The only real problem was how a buttoned-down society reacted to it. Keep in mind that many of the conference attendees were from the medical health branches of sexual behavior research, a crowd that ought to be familiar with the real physical consequences of sexual action. One speaker mentionedNAMBLA (North American Man-Boy Love Association) and the difficulty with public perceptions about being associated with them. Several attendees and speakers agreed that such groups must be publicly disavowed but privately accepted. In their view, such groups of course have a place at the sexuality research table because “man-boy love,” “intergenerational intimacy,” and “age-discrepant sexual relations (ADSR)” are legitimate aspects of male homosexual history, culture, and desire. Although this conference was my first introduction to such a conception of children’s sexual rights, such views have become increasingly common. Not surprisingly, the International Planned Parenthood Foundation has signed on to these kinds of rights for children wholeheartedly, in the name of Youth Rights and Equality. Read here  ...

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