This post isn't about the sexual abuse of minors. If that is occurring or a strong suspicion that it is happening, then report it to law enforcement first and then Church authorities. But prudence should dictate against false accusations in this regard.
But let's talk about adult to adult sexual relations outside the context of marriage.
Gene would know the answers to my Protestant questions.
Many Protestant ministers are ordained before they marry and once they get a Church they date their parishioners, I think, (Gene can clarify). I have known Protestant ministers who have married their church members, literally.
And I have known divorced Protestant ministers who have remarried after dating another church member.
And let's talk about the gay Episcopal bishop in Manchester, NH who divorced his wife with whom he had children and married a male lover and was allowed to remain a bishop???????????????? There were accolades from all over the world about how great it is that the Episcopal Church is opened to married gay bishops. Now he has divorced that man. Can he look for another "gay spouse" on his staff, in his diocese or in his parishes? Does anyone in the Episcopal Church even give a damn?
Do we presume that a single Protestant minister who is dating is doing so chastely? Do we have the same charity toward a divorced Protestant minister who is dating members of his congregation looking for a new wife?
Protestant ministers have married staff members who worked for them as lay people do in the work place too!
And do we give Protestant gay ministers a pass if they are cavorting with their male parishioners either gay or straight for their own gratification?
As it concerns the Catholic Church, priests have always been allowed to live together, go on vacations with other priest friends and share a hotel/motel room, which I have done for 38 years and to have priest friends stay overnight in the rectory. Close friends who are male have been allowed to stay overnight in a rectory and we use to have live-in housekeepers.
Are we to be paranoid about all of this now and make priests live as though on a deserted island to the detriment of his psychological health? No man is an island unto himself.
How do we maintain our sobriety in the current hysteria about the "me-too" movement as well as what is simply sexual misconduct and not a secular crime?
Finally, is there a double standard about married ministers and fornication and adultery and vowed or promised to celibate chastity of Catholic priests?