Pastor (Not A Cardinal) Gregory Dean Metcalf Suggests Cardinal Wilfrid Fox Napier Is Not Ill but A Criminal
Cardinal Wilfrid Fox Napier Suggests Pedophilia Not A Crime, But An Illness
Last week Cardinal Napier stated in an interview with Steve Nolan of the BBC Radio that pedophilia is "a psychological condition, a disorder." He also stated he felt the Catholic Church took the proper actions when offending priests were given therapy. Napier went on to comment, "Now don't tell me that those people are criminally responsible like somebody who chooses to do something like that."
I will not take the time to dignify Napier's logic or position with a response. This post is not intended to so. An overwhelming majority if not the entirety of my reading audience already knows the absolute evilness of this statement.
Pedophilia is not an illness, it is a perverted sexual deviancy. There maybe contributing factors which makes pedophilia a prediliction for some people. It is a crime and needs to be treated as a very serious and heinous crime.
The underlying factor that contributes to this crime is the unBiblical and ungodly rule or regulation that forbids priests to marry. It was God Himself who proclaimed that,
"It is not good that man should be alone; I will make him a helper comparable to him." (Genesis 2:18, NKJV)
The Apostle Paul who knew human nature wrote,
"...because of sexual immorality, let each man have his own wife, and let each woman have her own husband." "But I say to the unmarried and to the widow: It is good to remain even as I am, but if they cannot exercise self-control, let them marry. For it is better to marry than to burn with passion." (I Corinthians 7:2,8,9, NKJV)
Paul also wrote to Timothy warning him about those who would force false doctrine or teaching on unsuspecting people,
"Now the Spirit expressly says that in latter times some will depart from the faith, giving heed to deceiving spirits and doctrines of demons, speaking lies in hypocrisy, having their own conscience seared with a hot iron, forbidding to marry, and commanding to abstain from foods which God created to be received with thanksgiving by those who believe and know the truth." (1 Timothy 4:1, NKJV)
To refuse to permit marriage to anyone (other than the incompetent or perverted) is to be deceived by deceiving spirits and demons. God intended every man to have a wife and wife to have a husband unless God specifically gave the give of celibacy. It appears from the bible that very few have been given this gift. However, to across the board refuse to permit men to marry leads to sexual perversion, including providing an arena for pedophilia.
Treating pedophiles as if they had an illness which requires therapy removes personal responsibility and culpability. It puts children at tremendous risk and treats a heinous criminal as if he had a common cold. Napier's position attempts to remove the vile perversion of such proclivities while deeming pedophilia to be a disorder.
At least one other religious official disagreed with Napier's stance on the matter.
Archbishop Diarmuid Martin of Dublin, Ireland, said that pedophilia is "very clearly a crime." Speaking with the Irish Independent, Martin said, "No one has the right to harm a child. And no one can excuse themselves from that."