New York priest accuses children of seducing clergy men

Rev. Benedict Groeschel 
By: John Roberts 

A respectable New York priest caused uproar this week after blaming children for seducing clergy men, who sexually abuse them.

A Catholic priest in New York, expressed sympathy for some priests, who sexually abuse children, saying it is often the "young man" who is the seducer, but later apologized for his comments.

Rev. Benedict Groeschel, 79, co-founder of the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal in Westchester County just outside New York City, who expressed sympathy for convicted child rapist Jerry Sandusky, drew strong criticism from the Archdiocese of New York, and survivor support group networks of those abused by priests.

"Suppose we have a man, who had a nervous breakdown, and a young man comes after him, in many cases, just 14, 16, 18-years-old, and they are the seducers," Groeschel said when asked by a reporter of the nation's oldest Catholic newspaper about his work with priests who abuse children.

Groeschel, who has published numerous books and programs hosted on the Eternal Word Television Network, suggested that children can seduce the priests, because they lacked a father figure, and added: "They will not be thinking about getting into heavy duty sex, but only romantic, hugging, kissing, sleeping maybe, but not having sex or anything like that.”

On Thursday night, Groeschel apologized saying that his mind and manner of expression "Are not as clear as before."
"I apologize for my comments. I had no intention of blaming the victim. A priest or anyone else, who abuses a child, is always wrong and always responsible," he said in a statement. "I deeply regret any harm I have caused to anyone," he added.



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