By Victor Ochieng
The Catholic Church is facing several problems, something that’s sending scores of members away from the church. One of the many challenges shaking Catholicism is pedophilia, and more people are asking what the root cause of the problem is especially because it’s a persistent concern.
If you’ve been asking yourself the same question, one high-ranking Catholic cleric has an answer for you – women.
According to Cardinal Raymond Burke, Pope Francis former competitor for the position of Pope, said women have feminized the church so much that they’re discouraging “manly” men from focusing on clerical life. Burke contends that this is one of the reasons why pedophilia is a real problem among Catholic priests.
The Irish American Cardinal points out that serving mass is a “manly” job that should be their preserve. However, the fact that girls partake in that service has a serious dampening effect on priests, thus forcing them to resort to “immoral and unpriestly vocations” such as “abusing minors,” claims Burke.
While speaking to a church group called The New Emangelization, Burke said having altar boys in churches is what’s resulting in the dynamic seen between priests and altar boys.
“Young boys don’t want to do things with girls. It’s just natural,” he said. “It requires a certain manly discipline to serve as an altar boy in service at the side of the priest, and most priests have their first deep experiences of the liturgy as altar boys.”
He complained that boys aren’t provided with an early experience of serving the Lord.
“If we are not training young men as altar boys, giving them an experience of serving God in the liturgy, we should not be surprised that vocations have fallen dramatically,” said Burke.
What Burke is basically saying is that it’s not the unfortunate deliberate s*xual abuses that are making men think twice about joining the church, but basically because of feminism.
Is that true? Well, that’s debatable.
One thing that’s worrying many people is that many priests have been accused of molesting children yet the Vatican never takes the issue seriously. Even though it’s widely known that many priests are abusing young boys and girls, there are no measures taken by the Catholic Church to ensure that such abuses don’t happen.
In fact, this is what has led many to conclude that the church isn’t interested in tackling the issue head-on.