Originally Posted by BucEyedPea
I must disagree, since absolutes are not obtainable in this world and because pedophilia has no relationship to marriage. Pedophilia is found in families. Therefore having families is not working.
Seriously, listo, I don't know of much that has a 100% success rate. To be honest, I think your putting your own bias against the idea of celibacy into the matter to draw your conclusion.
The psychology is pretty obvious. You want what you cannot have. When you're told you can't eat chocolate or smoke cigarettes, it makes the temptation even greater. I also imagine that there is a higher skew of priests these days who enter into celibacy and did so because they either weren't big into women anyway or were unsuccessful with them. These are both just wild assumptions, but it seems pretty plausible.
I would agree that it seems the bigger problem is that it seems like it's the 80/20 principal -- that it's not as much a problem of tons of priests doing this, as it is a few priests doing it way too frequently.
The problem is that the solution is so simple. Stop all the widespread cover-ups and open up marriage for priests. Just like giving up fish for lent, the vow of celibacy is just a sacred cow of catholicism. It is not in the bible. It is just a tradition that has carried on for years.