The Article: Why is Jerry Sandusky Guilty?
The Source: The Catholic World Report
The Author: Benjamin Wiker
The Gist: If Sandusky had lived in a pre-Christian era, he would not have been found guilty of anything.
This is 2012. Turn the historical clock back 2000 years, and find yourself in the pagan Roman Empire before Christianity arose, i.e., before the Christianization of the West. In Rome, as in ancient Greece, homosexuality was completely acceptable. To be more exact, homosexual activity was frowned on (but not very diligently) when it occurred between two free-born men, but it was cheerfully affirmed between a master and his slave, and even more, a man and a boy between the ripe ages of about 12 to 17---just the target age of Sandusky. The man generally presented himself as a kindly benefactor to the boy, taking him under his wing, so to speak, and (in return for sexual favors) helping him up the social ladder. Just like Sandusky.
If Sandusky would have lived 2000 years ago, he would not have been found guilty of anything. He would not even have been noticed. His actions would have been entirely unremarkable. There would have been no disgust, no anger. The verdict would have been innocent, and in fact, the notion that he was guilty of anything would have been unintelligible.
The Bottom Line: For 2,000 years, the influence of Christ has had a profound---yet underestimated---influence on all aspects of Western culture. We often take for granted that without the "salt and light" of Christianity, behaviors that we consider disgusting and taboo would be accepted and commonplace. But what will happen if the influence of Christ and his followers continues to wane? "Our society is being successively and successfully de-Christianized," says Wiker. "The moral formation is wearing off rapidly. Now that we've answered the why of Sandusky's guilt, we've got one more question to ask: How long will we continue to feel guilty?"