Recently, the champions of offenses against chastity have latched on to a peculiar argument: Saying homosexual acts are a sin causes guilt, which causes people to commit suicide; therefore saying it is a sin is killing people. When you ask the obvious question, “Ok, how do we prevent suicide AND make it unambiguously clear that homosexual acts are a sin?” the responses ranging from crickets chirping to hem-hawing indicate that suicide isn’t the real objection and that this argument is really an elaborate way to say, “Shut up!”
Well, apparently now it’s the pedophiles’ turn.
There’s an additional reality that may be hard to accept, but that must be faced if we’re serious about combating suicide. Some adolescents discover they’re preferentially attracted to children or younger adolescents, and this stays with them throughout their lives. Most of us want to believe that only older adults have such feelings, but sexual feelings don’t suddenly appear in adulthood. Experts estimate that in puberty, 1% to 7% of all boys first experience preferential attraction to younger children that will be lifelong. In a recent survey, adults attracted to children or young adolescents reported they first experienced these feelings at a median age of 13.
One comment there was that perhaps certain Catholic diocese should ask for their money back.