The BBC reported today that two esteemed members of the pope's inner circle have been charged with taking part in male prostitution continually for a number of years. Police uncovered the scandal during a wire tap related to another matter.
Since the allegations of sexual abuse by members of the Catholic clergy became nearly ubiquitous almost a decade ago, rumors of sexual misconduct by Church higher-ups have seemingly exploded. And yet, the source of the problem seems to get off the hook. Surely, these are just bad eggs, somehow ordained under false pretenses, right?
Or, are they gay men who have tried deeply to suppress their natural desires in the name of God, even going so far as to take a futile vow of celibacy? Or is it the other way around -- does the absolute starvation of sexual expression bring out the very actions the Church seeks to quell?
The men involved in this particular scandal are volunteers. It does not appear they took vows of celibacy, though they have chosen to support a church which teaches celibacy as the highest virtue, and condemns homosexuality and any sexual activity outside of marriage -- indeed, any sexual activity which does not aid procreation. What draws people to this way of life, dishonoring their own natural desires?
What do you think?