Originally Posted by horatio
The problems of Rome are obvious and one cannot deny a potential connection between celibacy, sexual neuroses and sexual abuse ... but they hardly justify general Catholic bashing.
However I don't think there is any direct, causal connection between celibacy and child abuse. Monks e.g. live in celibacy and you barely hear any scandals from them.
And there are a lot of single men who don't have anyone besides themselves (unwillingly living in a small "celibacy") and though don't start raping women. Sexual abuse often goes further than just satisfying your sexual drive, sometimes that's even just a side effect, sexual abuse is more about violence and power.
However there is an indirect connections. Of course where celibacy is normal it is a good place to hide for all those who have no good answer on "You still haven't found a wife?"
And places like residential schoos, churchly or not, are a good place for these people to easily come close to children without being watched.
Jesus would never condone this "silly my church is better than your church" or "my religion is better than your religion" stuff.
"For I tell you that unless your righteousness surpasses that of the Pharisees and the teachers of the law, you will certainly not enter the kingdom of heaven."
I don't think he would say a lot of good things about organized religion at all.