Oh, you want examples. OK.
Large swaths of Hollywood early on turned out to defend some director hiding in Europe who ADMITTED to seducing (and allegedly raping) a minor girl. Many of them later quietly vanished when public opinion did NOT go their way. Others, like Whoopie Goldberg stood their ground.
John Stossel not so long ago, did a “Gimmee a Break” segment on 20/20 deriding the statutory rape standards of 18 years for the age of consent and outright called defenders of this age unrealistic and prudish.
Alfred Kinsey, the FATHER of today’s cultural sexuality outlook was strongly of the opinion that children can and SHOULD be drawn into sexual encounters early in life before they became sexually repressed by cultural taboos. Kinsey’s work strongly influenced generations of psychologists and psychiatrists.
NAMBLA is not alone. They are to child sexual predators what Jack Chick is to anti-catholics. They purposely take the extreme, wacky fringe position so that people like Stossel, Goldberg and Kinsey seem less wacked out.
As to the original post, there certainly was a “lavender mafia” within the catholic priesthood for a time. There are far too many stories out there to deny it. It happened especially during the leadup to the rebellion and attempted hijacking of the Vatican II Council and the extreme lack of emphasis on faithful catholic sexual teaching by the bishops in that era. It is no coincidence that scandalous behavioral permissiveness on the part of priests peaked during the same time period that so many priests and bishops were promoting scandalous sexual permissiveness among the laity.
Good thing our faith isn’t grounded in our priests, but our GOD.