Sexual abuse in Roman Catholic education, 1950 - 1980

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But the events described above [not in this quote], coupled with the continuous obstruction of spending time on one's own, the prohibition of studying or walking in pairs, let alone touching each other, convey a clear image of how the Jesuits saw the ideal boy. In the period in which they became sexually conscious, sexual emotions were seen as inadmissible and sexual expression as sinful. The Catholic sexual ethic is antagonistic to pleasure. [...]

This twisted view of sexuality was developed to perfection by the Jesuits. Emotions which can accompany sex, such as being horny, love-sickness, sensuality, surrender, ecstasy, were denied completely. The ideal Jesuit student excels in competition and keeps his distance from everyone: family, friends, classmates, and most of all himself. In psychiatry, such a condition is called dissociation. It doesn't take a psychiatrist to recognise a boy conditioned in this way as twisted. The Jesuits would consider him a successful product of their educational system. [...]

Although the Netherlands in 2011 is a country not abounding in monasteries, churches and barracks, and lacking Jesuits, it is, unfortunately, also a country where the government and parliament assume the role of moralists. Have things really changed?

source: Article 'Not the boy, but the world he lives in is perverse, Sexual abuse in Roman Catholic education, 1950 - 1980 (Part 2)' by Lex van Naerssen; Koinos, no. 70; Summer 2011