April 09, 2002

Reflections on pedophile priests.....

Nietzche was so pious as a youth that he was called 'the little pastor'. Stalin was a seminary student. Do intensely spiritual environments produce either a Satan or a Judas or a Nietzsche or, contrarily, a Gabriel or Peter or Aquinas? Do religious communities produce either great saints or great sinners, whereas laymen & women are more likely to be mired in mediocrity?

Don't we humans only respect 'scarcity'? Did the priests begin to treat the sacred as profane due in part to their overfamiliarity with the sacred? Isn't that why God had the high priest only visit the Holy of Holies once a year in the O/T?

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