Back to the real world, wherein we recognize the inner absurdity of such ideas and the perils of relativism--this article accomplishes something that jeopardizes the common good: it further enters the radicals into the mainstream dialogue. Sure, it presents all the standard views condemning pedophilia, but throughout the article, they are counterbalanced by newer voices that glisten with what seems to be fresh perspective. But as anyone knows who walks through a grazing field in the morning, not all that glistens is the dew. The real danger is that pedophiles have all the validation they need from the experts' minority views to weaken their own moral resistance to disordered inclinations. Put simply, the story advances viewpoints that ought not be advanced. Where does this leave the victims? Isolated in the pain of their experiences, their suffering invalidated (because the problem is perceived as internal, guilt, rather than external, sexual exploitation) before what The Guardian sees--or at least what it seems to want you to think about possibly recognizing--as the next big sexual orientation movement. With the story pitched in light of the BBC's Savile case, I find The Guardian story acutely distasteful, giving the appearance of sympathy toward the accuser rather than toward his many victims.
Have we learned nothing from the history of political philosophy and post-sexual revolution sexual ethics that bad ideas lead to social experiments which produce human suffering? This article in its open-mindedness to horrible ideas puts children at increased risk. As whenever one gives cover to pedophiles and puts children at risk, there should be an outcry. Imagine the outcry if this had been published in a Catholic diocesan newspaper! The Guardian gives the appearance of a sympathetic cover via reinterpretation of pedophilia. I fear The Guardian may be given a free pass, however. Feel free/encouraged to write to The Guardian's editorial board and share with them your own thoughts.
Relativism is no small danger to the common good, as Cardinal Ratzinger, in his final homily before being elected Pope, warned us: