This bugs me because I've considered at one time or another joining different religious orders within the church, the Jesuits or Franciscans, the reason I dont is that I KNOW that I couldnt keep all the pledges taken as part of the ordination process, perhaps not just the celibacy one, the obedience one I could imagine in some contexts being very difficult to abide by.
So it aggrieves me when I hear of stuff like this, I think the scandal is not in their conduct and sexual preferences but their blatant disregard for their bidding promises. If it didnt matter or if you cant keep it why are you still in that position with in the community? I mean if you where a Dr. and kept killing people you'd either have an attack of conscience or people would put you out of that position in the community.
I also hate to hear about it because it is ALWAYS used as a vindication of the normativeness of promiscuity, licentiousness and vice. To me, its like crabs in a barrel, the minute one moves to get out the others grab them and pull them back in.
So here you have a social agency which hasnt simply suggested that it is possible, that it may even be a good thing, a virtue, to resist temptation, to master yourself but has tried to institutionalise that notion and make it normative within its ranks and all it is met with is disdain, open attack and rejoycing over any failure to meet with their stated objectives that make the record.
What bothers me is the implicit idea that its never a case of "Ha! You're human, all too human!", which in the very least acknowledges something about what is being attempted, even but "You shouldnt even try, trying isnt natural". It really makes me question the extent to which ideas about honour or aspiration goods or virtues exist at all any longer.
Its also something I see as unique to the western world and in the west we do it to our secular authorities and celebrities (although I dont like celebrity culture and they are known for milking scandal), I dont see the followers of buddhism etc. reveling in the failings of their religious castes or vocations.