Detroit-area Catholics praise parishe...

Detroit-area Catholics praise parishes, cite priest shortage as issue in survey

There are 3 comments on the Detroit Free Press story from May 29, 2014, titled Detroit-area Catholics praise parishes, cite priest shortage as issue in survey. In it, Detroit Free Press reports that:

I saw a T-shirt not too long ago that said: 'I'm slower than Internet Explorer on a '90s dial-up... Some 41,000 people responded to an Archdiocese of Detroit survey focused on the effectiveness of pastors and parishes.

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Henniker, NH

#1 May 29, 2014
The American Psychiatric Association says that sexual deprivation can lead otherwise sexually adapted men to seek sex with minors <ref>Sipe, A.W. Richard. 2003. Celibacy in Crisis. New York: Brunner-Routledge, 253 </ref>.
Dr. Martin Kafka, Harvard Medical School psychiatrist and consultant to the Vatican on the child abuse scandals states “The number of Catholic clergy who are accused of or prosecuted for child and adolescent sexual abuse vastly outnumbers the number of protestant clergy. So what is it about the Catholic clergy that makes them distinctly different? One factor is this issue of suppressing one’s sexuality to better serve God” <ref> Frontline: Secrets of the Vatican </ref> This is significant give that there are about 314,000 Christian clergy and only about 40,000 Catholic clergy in the US <ref> ; </ref>
Father Tom Doyle, former canon lawyer for the Vatican and expert witness on clerical scandals, asserts “I certainly hope one of the lessons learned [from the abuse scandals] is that there is something radically wrong with mandatory celibacy and with the whole thought process that surrounds it, supports it, tries to justify it, and defends it” <ref>Doyle, Fr Thomas. 2007, see Testimony of Thomas Doyle on Richard Sipe website,
See also Doyle, Fr Thomas. 2007b. Some questions and answers about clergy sexual abuse on Richard Sipe website, 9/30//07 </ref>
Psychologist and excleric, Richard Sipe, says that “The celibate/ sexual system as it exists, fosters and produces, and will continue to produce, at a relatively stable rate, priests who sexually abuse minors” <ref>Sipe, A.W. Richard. 1995. Sex, Priests, and Power: Anatomy of a Crisis. New York: Psychology Press, 27 </ref>. Sipe says “Sexual abuse of children, seduction of minors by those who claim celibate status and privilege are manifestations of the deviation and distortion of spiritual service to a system of power that tolerates subjugation and restriction of the non-select group at the pleasure of the select. The sexual abuse of children could not exist systemically if this dynamic were not operative on a daily basis and in the practical operation of the celibate /sexual system”(<ref>ibid</re f>).
Cynthia Long

Detroit, MI

#2 Jun 26, 2014
What does this have to do with the article?

Columbia, SC

#3 Jun 26, 2014
Cynthia Long wrote:
What does this have to do with the article?
Well, priests could be more effective if they did not have to live private lives. Fewer priest could handle more work. It's a theory. You don't need to espouse it.

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