logo

16 July 2016

Believe Me, Arch-Bish, the Church Largely Covers Up Pedophile Priests


admin
admin@activeghana.com

By Kwame Okoampa-Ahoofe, Jr., Ph.D.
Garden City, New York
July 1, 2016
E-Mail: okoampaahoofe@optimum.net

Archbishop Emeritus Peter Akwasi Sarpong must know by now that the very notion of a celibate Roman-Catholic priesthood is decidedly a jaded phenomenon that is nowadays accepted or believed to be practicable or normal by only the most naïve of parishioners or congregants. Indeed, so ridiculed has this institutional practice been subjected that it has become a veritable joke among even the global Catholic prelate itself. Which may well explain why the retired Oxbridge-educated Bishop of Kumasi would seek to relatively downplay this most immoral of moral misdeeds (See “Sexual Acts Involving Catholic Priests Not Worst of Sins – Archbishop” Ultimatefmonline.com / Ghanaweb.com 7/1/16).

At its worst, sexcapades among the celibate priesthood has taken the patently criminal form of pedophilia, the wanton abuse of children, the most vulnerable and defenseless of the human species. And the irony here is that it has taken the sinister guise of priests as mentors and role-models of these largely innocent humans. It well appears that minors have been made the prime targets of pedophile priests because so blindly trusting are their adult parents that in a legion of instances, it has taken decades for the parents of the victims to come to a woefully belated realization of the lethal harm that has been done to their now-adult sons and daughters.

For an institution that is so morbidly homophobic, it is curious to note that most of the instances of clerical pedophilia, especially in the West, have been between Catholic priests and male underage children well below the age of consent or discretion. In the Third World, particularly in Africa, these illicit sexual encounters have largely taken place between philandering priests and young women. And to be certain, there have been quite a remarkable number of cases in which such encounters have ended in the deaths of these women who, faced with unwanted pregnancies by priests who were either not emotionally and psychologically mature enough and/or responsible enough to accept parental responsibilities, sought to abort these pregnancies.

And so it is rather scandalously facile for Archbishop Sarpong to presume that virtually each and every one of these illicit sexual encounters between Catholic priests and the women they have sworn not to sexually violate have largely been one of pleasure devoid of pain. And so the decidedly lame notion that people who oppress, murder or steal to support their ill-acquired habits or further their political ambitions are, somehow, more malicious in both intent and practice, is inescapably chimerical. And the last person that any fair-minded Ghanaian would have expected to harbor such inexcusably lame ideas is Dr. Akwasi Sarpong.

Maybe it is the trivial characterization of predatory sex among members of the celibate priesthood as a “sin of weakness,” rather than one of the Seven Deadly Sins, which it definitely is, that enables men of the cloth like Bishop Sarpong to indulge their basest instincts with reckless abandon, while also assuming an imperious sense of moral superiority over the laity. And by the way, quite a considerable percentage of priests, both Catholic and Protestant, have been known to steal church money to support their sexual habits. To be certain, there is ample documentary evidence of the deleterious impact of illicit conjugation on the coffers of the Church and its properties as well, dating back as far as the European Middle-Ages.

Then also, there is this lurid and pat notion that the Church has been very forthcoming in its apportionment of punishment for priestly sexual predators. Well, Bishop Sarpong and those who reason like him would do themselves and the rest of us great good by watching Spotlight, the 2015 movie that meticulously exposes the globally infamous pedophilia scandal that rocked the Boston, Massachusetts, Arch-Diocese under the virtual monarchical leadership of Cardinal Bernard Law. And I bet you thought a “God-fearing” prelate with the surname of “Law” was what the proverbial doctor ordered. Or didn’t you?

*Visit my blog at: kwameokoampaahoofe.wordpress.com Ghanaffairs

Please follow and like us:

Share
#

Write a comment

3+4 = ?

OTHER ARTICLES

  • Workers Defence Society reacts to deployment of troops to Gambia

    21 January 2017 Columnist, Current News

      The Workers Defence Society has expressed disappointment over the decision of President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, to deploy 205 troops to the Gambia.A statement signed by the secretary of the Society, Duke Tagoe says their displeasure with the action of the President is due to the fact that inspite of the overwhelming number of Ghanaians in Gambia, government has made little effort towards the evacuation of Ghanaians in that country, as other governments have done in the past few days.The statement says the action places the li...
  • The 11th point plan Dr. Bawumia missed: A rejoinder to the 10-point plan for solving graduate youth unemployment in Ghana

    19 January 2017 Columnist, Uncategorized

    Ghana’s Vice-President, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia is the lead official in President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo’s government with the responsibility to rebuild Ghana’s economy. Prior to the New Patriotic Party’s (NPP) presidential election win, Dr. Bawumia drew a 10-point plan for solving Ghana’s youth unemployment problem at a public lecture organized by the Economics Students Association of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) on 29th March, 2016 in Kumasi. He spoke on the topic, “High Graduate Unemployment and ...
  • 15 things NPP can do differently for the environment [Article]

    16 January 2017 Columnist, Headlines

    Change has come and everyone seems to be happy. Everyone except the outgoing government, I suppose. But to whom much is given, much is expected and the newly sworn in New Patriotic Party (NPP) is no different. As a public commentator on the environment in Ghana, my interest is to make the incoming government aware that they have to fulfill their promises. The environment has been heavily ignored in the past (by both the NPP and NDC) and if change has truly come then this must also change. Here, I have compiled a list of 15 thing...
  • Google launches in apps search on Android to let you search within everything

    31 August 2016 Columnist, Current News

    Late last night, Google unwrapped a new feature for the Google App on Android that lets you search within apps installed on your phone. The new feature is called (fittingly) In Apps and will show up as a new “In Apps” tab within Search. What’s the point of specifying a search to within apps? For one, this allows you to search contacts and messages on your phone from within a single interface, that being the Google App. Google gives an example of you and a friend talking about sushi last week, so a quick search from the In Apps tab for “sushi...