Neither you nor I knows what caused Jerry Sandusky's problem. No on is suggesting that celibacy is the only cause for deviant sexual behavior. Maybe he was was abused as a child?<quoted text>
So you are saying that Jerry Sandusky's situation seems to show that it was not marriage that made him an abuser. Whaterver caused him to abuse was already in place. I get that. I contend that it is not celibacy that causes the sexual abuse of children. That the propensity to abuse is already there before celibacy is supposedly taken on. One could easily change "celibacy" to marriage, "celibates" to some who are married, and "sexual suppression" to sexual expression and find those to whom the rest of the quote fits. The study of human behavior is just not that easily boxed and packaged.
However the point is that a young Catholic seminarian would have been taught to abstain from sex (including masturbation) until marriage. He most likely would have, at least, experimented with masturbation (complete with Catholic guilt) but may very well never have experienced any normal, healthy, satisfying outlet for his innate sexual drive. Then you ask him to make a lifetime commitment to celibacy (which is not normal in and of itself) and you wonder why his sex drive eventually manifests and sometimes in a deviant manner.
I have never disputed the power of the ideal of celibacythe complete and unflinching sacrifice of one's sexual life for the undivided service of others. Nor have I ever advanced or advocated the argument that simply discarding the rule of mandatory celibacy will make priests more sexually responsible or mature. But celibacy is undeniably a problem for priests. A study of Swiss priests published on May 12, 2003, revealed that 50% of that clergy had mistresses. Father Victor Kotze, a South African sociologist conducted a survey of the priests in his country (1991) and found that 45% had been sexually active during the previous two year period. Pepe Rodriguez published his book length study of the sexual life of clergy in Spain (La Vida sexual del Clero 1995). He concluded that among practicing priests 95% masturbate Arguments abound that claim that any voice urging debate about celibacy has an "anti-Catholic" or "anti-celibacy" timbre. That is absolute nonsense.- A.W. Richard Sipe, former Benedictine monk-priest, sociologist
Again, the sex drive is innate and very powerful; you dont just turn it off without dealing with some consequences.