A Roman Catholic priest in Germany has admitted to 280 counts of sexually abusing three boys over a several-year period.
The 46-year-old priest, who has been suspended, went on trial on Thursday at the state court in Braunschweig. The dapd news agency reported that he showed no remorse.
The man who was not identified was arrested last July after one victim told his mother what had happened. He was charged with abusing three boys aged between 9 and 15.
Hildesheim diocese spokesman Michael Lukas says the defendant’s actions were “a catastrophe for the victims and for the Catholic church.”
The trial continues through February 2.
The priest also faces church disciplinary proceedings. Germany, Pope Benedict XVI’s homeland, was shaken in 2010 by revelations of abuse by clergy going back decades.
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“Masturbation can be a form of homosexuality because it is a sexual act that does not involve a woman,” says Mark Driscoll, a pastor at Seattle’s Mars Hill Church, according to website Dangerous Minds.
Driscoll, who evidently is unaware that masturbation is not exclusively a male activity, writes in a booklet titled Porn-Again Christian: A Frank Discussion on Pornography & Masturbation for God’s Men, “If a man were to masturbate while engaged in other forms of sexual intimacy with his wife then he would not be doing so in a homosexual way. However, any man who does so without his wife in the room is bordering on homosexuality activity, particularly if he’s watching himself in a mirror and being turned on by his own male body.”
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Following his death a few of his friends and associates revealed that Father Mychal Judge was gay – as a matter of orientation rather than practice, as he was a celibate priest. According to fire commissioner Thomas Von Essen: “I actually knew about his homosexuality when I was in the Uniformed Firefighters Association. I kept the secret, but then he told me when I became commissioner five years ago. He and I often laughed about it, because we knew how difficult it would have been for the other firemen to accept it as easily as I had. I just thought he was a phenomenal, warm, sincere man, and the fact that he was gay just had nothing to do with anything.”
The revelations about Judge’s sexual orientation were not without controversy, however. Dennis Lynch, a lawyer, wrote an article about Judge that appeared on the website [catholic.org]. Lynch claimed that the priest was not gay and that any attempt to define him as gay was due to “homosexual activists” who wanted to “attack the Catholic Church” and turn the priest into “a homosexual icon”.
Others refuted Lynch’s claims with evidence that Judge did, in fact, identify himself as gay, both to others and in his personal journals.
Judge was a long-term member of Dignity, a Catholic LGBT activist organization that advocates for change in the Catholic Church’s teaching on homosexuality. On October 1, 1986, the Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith issued an encyclical, On the Pastoral Care of Homosexual Persons, which declared homosexuality to be a “strong tendency ordered toward an intrinsic moral evil”. In response, many bishops, including John Cardinal O’Connor, banned Dignity from diocesan churches under their control. Father Judge then welcomed Dignity’s AIDS ministry to the Church of Saint Francis of Assisi, which is under the control of the Franciscan friars, thereby partially circumventing the cardinal’s ban of Dignity.
Judge disagreed with official Roman Catholic teaching regarding homosexuality, though by all accounts he remained celibate. Judge often asked, “Is there so much love in the world that we can afford to discriminate against any kind of love?”