Well, it is one of the strands of the pandemic of paedophilia in that rotten organisation I've been following most closely. Fairly harrowing stuff at times and as far as my reading goes these distorted and damaged examples of humanity seek out the 'respectable' professions with a high degree of trust because they are also extraordinarily devious in getting access to kids. They also are remarkably similar to another kind of notorious damaged individual- the serial killer.Lumpy, You wrote an outstanding post on Castlepollard that summed it up neatly. I'll retrieve it later along with another post of yours. I think psychologists would give it their stamp of approval. Hit the nail on the head.
Their psychological approach to identifying a target is the same. And they share to an extraordinary degree with serial killers one other thing, and that is that they do not understand why they are in trouble for doing what they do. Strikingly obvious from all reports on these degenerate clerics.
The confession box enables them to attain absolution for their crimes. You would imagine a degenerate cleric would avoid confession like the plague. But that's another common thing. They always go to confession for the pay-off in terms of absolution. And off they go again.
Mind you the confessional box has been fulfilling that role for its cult-followers for hundreds of years in various forms. It is probably one of the most dismally dangerous things it could be doing for the society around it. Providing a 'there, there, don't worry about now' moment for potential killers, child rapists, meth dealers in Mexico...
The Catholic Church at least in the United States is very likely to be an accomplice to many a crime, because they actually empower the worst sort of criminals and without meaning to give them sanction to continue the habitual absolution-offend-absolution-offend psychological routine they are attuned to.