"You shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you odd." ~Flannery O'Connor

Saturday, June 10, 2006

If only....yeah, right

We've all heard it before: "If only priests were allowed to be married, and if women too could be priests, we wouldn't have all this sex-abuse crap." About that claim, I share the amusement of one Kevin K., blogmaster of Proud to be a Papist.

He offers us the story of married high-school teacher Bonnie Sue Davis, 35, caught in the bedroom of one her male students. Now this sort of thing isn't exactly rare. We've all heard before about teachers having sex with their students; of late, there seems to have been a spate of female teachers doing that. At any rate, I can't go a week without hearing about a new episode. Perhaps all this relatively new, but I doubt it. In high-school I had a male friend who was getting it on with our randy, and not bad-looking, English teacher. At least it only started when he was 16 and she, though twice his age, wasn't married; the school administration didn't know and the guy's father, a widower, shrugged off the whole thing as part of his son's "education." So perhaps it's all as old as the hills and only now are the media paying a lot of attention to it. But isn't that the point? If a clergy that included the married and women would be less likely to harbor sexual abusers, then it should not be old hat by now to hear about married women (and of course married men) luring students under the age of consent into sex. But it is old hat. Ergo...

I used to be tired of the same old arguments. As the evidence against them mounts, I am no longer tired of them. I am entertained by what they say about those who keep on making them.
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