“The Roman Catholic Church has had three-quarters of a century of warnings about the pedophile problem and the Vatican has made promises to protect the public from their pedophile priests for three-quarters of a century. And yet, Roman Catholics have blamed the recent pedophilia scandal on a secret conspiracy of gays to invade the church and molest children, with the intention of hurting the church’s reputation.
(JD Hall – Pulpit & Pen) If you threw a rock into a crowd of Roman Catholic priests, you would hit a pedophile.”
While vocational stereotypes aren’t foolproof – like that of postal workers becoming violent or lawyers being scumbags – there is no doubt that the propensity for pedophilia among Roman Catholic clergy is more than coincidentally high. In fact, the numbers of pedophiles among the Romanist Church are so high they exceed that which can be explained by a mere mathematical anomaly. While the Pope has argued that “only” 2% of Romanist priests are pedophiles, other studies demonstrate the number is between 5.6 and 7 percent. Those are only the ones we know about. Pedophilia rates among the general populace hover around the .5% mark, meaning that being a Roman Catholic priest makes one up to fourteen times more likely to be a child molester.
The history of pedophilia scandals in the Roman Catholic Church goes back centuries to the days when Pope John XII turned the Vatican into a swinging brothel, not just years or decades. In fact, pedophilia and the Romanist church have been tied together like peanut butter and jelly for many lifetimes. The current pedophilia scandal in the Roman church isn’t really new at all.
The first warning of the disproportionate number of pedophile priests in the 20th century came from American friar, Gerald Fitzgerald, in 1947. Fitzgerald started the Congregation of the Servants of the Paraclete, which was basically a recovery program for priests suffering from low moral character. Fitzgerald first warned Pope Paul VI that there were a huge number of his priestly clientele that were child molesters. Then, he began to warn others. The problem wasn’t that no one listened to Fitzgerald because they didn’t believe it; the problem is that no one listened to Fitzgerald because they already knew it. The priesthood was and still is a collecting pool and breeding ground for all sorts of sexual perversion. In fact, Fitzgerald warned, “We are amazed to find how often a man who would be behind bars if he were not a priest is entrusted with [the priestly office].” In fact – and this is nuts – Fitzgerald, who at first resisted taking pedophile priests into his recovery program in 1948 and then relented due to the demand, finally suggested that for the sake of everyone, pedophile priests should be put on an island where they can live out their years in relative comfort, but away from children.