Burbank school teacher and police wife, Amy Beck, molested her 14 year old student.
If people want to have sex, that's great. If they want to be gay, why not? If they want to renounce and meditate, that's out of this world! But try to have all three, and that's a dismal and disillusioning catastrophe in the making.
Unlike Catholic priests, Buddhist monks who engage in sex automatically excommunicate themselves in the process. (The Vinaya, or monastic code, considers the offense a "defeat" tantamount to murder, theft, or making false claims about spiritual attainments).
Church confusion over celibacy
The continuing exposure of sexual abuse of minors by Roman Catholic priests has been the occasion for some critics to charge that such actions result from the church's rule of celibacy. Reliable research, however, indicates no significant difference between the percentage of priests who engage in sexual abuse of minors and that of the general public. Moreover, the argument makes the strange assumption that priests prohibited from open sexual relationships with women will substitute secret relationships with children or youth of their own sex. The Roman Catholic Church's sexual requirements for its priesthood have a long, complex history. The earliest requirements were those of the monastic orders beginning [only] in the third century...
The World Off Its Rails
- VIDEO: School teacher Amy Beck in teen sex scandal
A policeman's wife and California middle school teacher who's reportedly wracked with guilt over an affair with a 14-year-old boy has been returned to jail following a brief court appearance. Amy Victoria Beck had arrived in court with her lawyer for her arraignment.
- Police chief charged with drunk driving after strip club binge
Chief Russ Leach has been charged with driving under the influence of alcohol and drugs... [He had 11 drinks, crashed official vehicle,] but he kept on driving for another mile or so, officials said. Riverside police officers who responded [covered it up]...
- Vatican tries to deny Pope's failure on sex abuse claim
Victim Arthur Budzinski says Vatican members knew about the scandal. The Vatican has condemned claims that Pope[-to-be, Father Joe Ratzinger] did nothing about a US priest who is suspected of molesting up to 200 deaf boys decades ago.
- Pope at Crossroads on Gay Clergy Sex Abuse Crimes
ROME — Even as Pope Benedict XVI, faced with a sexual abuse scandal spreading across Europe [and the world], has called on victims to come forward and urged clerics to cooperate with civil justice, those strong words are running up against the complexities of his past.