I was a pre-achillies pierced adolescent acolyte every sunday at my parent’s local Episcopal Church back in the 1960s and early 1970s. I carried either the cross at the front of the beginning processions or was a candle-bearer and thinking really nothing of it except as an experience like being in the Cub Scouts. We were especially not thinking along homosexual lines back then either! My fellow acolytes and I were in the midst of discovering girls!! [not knowing what torment THAT would later bring, by the way]
However, I am not surprised that the Priests, Ministers, Pasters and whatever you want to call them who did the memorized magic on the altar had become a bit “freaky-deeky” along their ways when I learned, many years after-the-fact, that they were not allowed to get married. This is one-thing-leads-to-another common sense of the most basic level, so what is the uproar for? I say we accept it, those who didn’t raise a hand to stop it should stop “crying” all these years later, and either disbar the robed ones who they can prove did some molestation, otherwise, let us all (pray) and move on. Geez…It is more of the put-your-heads-in-the-sand religious cult at work, I guess. I mean, where were the “victims” parents back then??
“Disclaimer”: when I say “married”, I mean it in the traditional sense, because I am old enough to know that “married” still has only one legitimate meaning on most of the planet (yes, I love my gay friends). OK??
What do you expect guys of the cloth to do if you make them subscribe to religious “celibacy” in order to keep their gigs and yet keep them in regular public prominence with a congregation, who at least fifty percent of, are females? I noticed some of those female worshipers too, and they love to flirt with the “power” of the pulpit” so to speak. Masturbation only gets a guy so far anyway. So let these people get hitched with a woman; what is the problem? It would solve the overt issue here for sure.
Yet all the news media, certain religious groups, and off-shoots of the Catholic Church are still regularly appalled when allegations surface like the recent ones that now come within a hairs-breath of implicating the current Pope Benedict the XVI. I like the current Pope; I actually think he is cool! Yes he’s German – and???
Shoot, if one of those “fathers” had tried to touch my alter-boy ass or somewhere more private back in the day, he would have been the one who ended-up needing “counseling”, OK?? Amen.