Thursday, August 30, 2012

Celebrity Friar Defends Jerry Sandusky AND Pedophile Priests

This is a real story that I originally found on Joe. My. God.: Father Benedict Groeschel Reflects on 25 Years of the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal. The article on the good Father was first posted on The National Catholic Register (NCR) and written by John Burger, the news editor.

The NCR has taken down the piece from their site (it was still accessible via Google cache) due to the fact that Father Benedict defends pedophile priests AND the predator from Pennsylvania State, Jerry Sandusky.

First, it should be noted that Father Benedict is a bit of celebrity in the Church.

It’s been 25 years since Father Benedict Groeschel and seven other friars broke away from their Capuchin communities and formed what would come to be known as the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal. Their growth as a community of priests and brothers has been impressive — both in the numbers of young men joining them and the number of friaries they have begun in the New York metropolitan area, other states and other countries.

Father Benedict, 78, who has been in religious life since he was a teenager, has also become a high-profile author and much-in-demand speaker throughout the world.
...he continues to maintain a public presence on the weekly EWTN show Sunday Night Prime. He also stays active in counseling at Trinity Retreat House in the New York suburb of Larchmont, where he has lived in a converted garage for many years.
The initial questions in the interview are fairly simple -- How's it going?  How goes the faith-based brainwashing? Stuff like that.

The questions then begin to shed some light on the crazy.
Is there something  you would say is your greatest accomplishment? The friars?

I never use the word “accomplishment.” I’m a fanatic on divine will,... People think it’s a crazy thing to do, but it’s called abandonment to divine Providence. And there are books with that title.
Note: Having books with a crazy title makes it less crazy in Father Benedict's mind. But that is only the prelude -- the opening movement -- of the lunacy to come.
Part of your work here at Trinity has been working with priests involved in abuse, no?

People have this picture in their minds of a person planning to — a psychopath. But that’s not the case. Suppose you have a man having a nervous breakdown, and a youngster comes after him. A lot of the cases, the youngster — 14, 16, 18 — is the seducer
Why would that be?

Well, it’s not so hard to see — a kid looking for a father and didn’t have his own — and they won’t be planning to get into heavy-duty sex, but almost romantic, embracing, kissing, perhaps sleeping but not having intercourse or anything like that....

What has the Church learned in terms of preventing this?
We’ve been screening seminarians for decades. That’s nothing new. I’ve been doing it for 40 years, for our old community — the Capuchins — for the diocese, for our small religious community. … It takes a lot of time — four or five hours — to do a psychological screening, and I don’t have a lot of time. There were times in the past when I’d do 30 of them. I’d do it for our community and our sisters.
Also, it’s very expensive. Now, I never got a nickel, but it costs between $800 and $1,200 for a psychological battery. I used to teach psychological evaluations. [Emphasis, of course, is mine.]

The thing that creeps me out about Father Benedict is how me makes the sexual assault of a minor seem like Romeo and Juliet with all the romantic kissing and hugging and sleeping together.

This is Purgatory.






  1. Wow, that is pure lunacy. I often find the clergy to be the most credulous when it comes to religion. The fact that this guy thinks that the kids were the "seducers" implies to me that he is believing what the pedophile priests are telling him. How can any rational person find what he describes to be the norm?

  2. Satan has deceived the whole world into believing in a god of hate and revenge (Satan). God is precise: It is a woman Rev 12 that delivers the true word John1:1, Rev 12:5, Rev 12:13 who restores Acts 3:21 all things to prepare a people. Not one child of God will be put in a hell fire no matter what their sins. No one will go to a purgatory. It never entered the heart or mind of God to ever do such a thing Jer 7:31, Jer 19:5 and this is proven by the word to the whole world as a witness at . Be a workman; gather all evidence before making a judgment.

  3. Blame the victim - nothing new here. Oh, they could have said, "No." Maybe there isn't time to teach them to do that...


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