Catholic Priest Jumps to Jerry Sandusky’s Defense

Gerald Arthur “Jerry” Sandusky (born January 26, 1944) is a retired American football coach and convicted serial child molester.




In 2011, following a two-year grand jury investigation, Sandusky was arrested and charged with 52 counts of sexual abuse of young boys over a 15-year period from 1994 to 2009. He met his molestation victims through The Second Mile, an organization he founded for ‘at risk’ children. His victims were children participating in the organization and several of them testified against Sandusky in his sexual abuse trial. Four of the charges were subsequently dropped. On June 22, 2012, Sandusky was found guilty on 45 of the 48 remaining charges.



August 31, 2012

A New York Priest publicly suggested on Monday that child victims of sexual abuse seduced their abusers, using the remarks as a launching pad to defend convicted child predator and Penn State football Coach Jerry Sandusky.

Father Benedict Groeschel, the director of the Office for Spiritual Development for the Catholic Archdiocese of New York, wrote an opinion piece for the National Catholic Register calling Sandusky a “poor guy” and blaming the victims of sexual abuse.



“People have this picture in their minds of a psychopath. But that’s not the case.” Said Groeschel. “Suppose you have a man having a nervous breakdown, and a youngster comes after him. A lot of the cases, the youngster — 14, 16, 18 — is the seducer … It’s not so hard to see. Here’s this poor guy (Jerry Sandusky )… It’s an understandable thing. It went on for years (children seducing him).”


Blaming the victim is a time-honored tradition in the Catholic Church for dealing with scandal. This is beyond the pale even for them.