Last year during the uproar on one of the many, many Doug Wilson scandals, I wrote “Against the Neo-Jovinians” where I argued that a semi-monastic life of disciplined ascetism is a better cure for pedophiles than, say, marrying them off so they can have more babies to abuse. I suggested that the pedophile should go live with some cranky monks for about 30 years to burn away the garbage.
I stand by that as common sense. In one facebook debate a key Wilsonite pointed out that many monasteries suffered from sodomy. And that’s true. So I need to clarify what I meant. When I said person x should go life with some monks, I didn’t mean in a communal, coenibitic monastery with a bunch of Wilsonites his own age. That certainly is a recipe for disaster.
No, I meant something along the lines of going to life with five or six older (50 years +) men who can guide him.