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Study Blames Culture Shift for Catholic Clergy’s Sex Crimes

Posted on May 18, 2011
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A study conducted by the John Jay College of Criminal Justice examines the root causes of sexual abuse committed by members of the Catholic clergy, debunking celibacy and homosexuality as causes while glossing over the church’s failure to humanely address the crisis. The 300-page report is the most extensive study ever done about sexual abuse within the church, and was commissioned by the American Catholic Church itself. Thus it should be no surprise that researchers went out of their way to spare the organization from condemnation about its systematic cover-up of crimes, instead blaming cultural factors—including the sexual revolution of the 1960s and ’70s—for driving priests to abuse children.  —KDG

Boston Globe:

The sexual abuse crisis in the Catholic Church was caused by the influence of sweeping social changes and increasing “deviant behavior’’ of the 1960s and 1970s on priests who were inadequately trained, emotionally unprepared, and isolated, according to a new report commissioned by the nation’s Roman Catholic bishops.

Researchers at John Jay College of Criminal Justice at the City University of New York, who spent five years conducting the most expensive and extensive study of sexual abuse in the Catholic church to date, concluded that homosexual priests were no more likely to abuse than heterosexual priests.

They also found that celibacy could not be blamed for the abuse epidemic. Nor could seminaries have done a better job screening for likely offenders because abusive priests had no common profile.

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By Giborah, January 9, 2012 at 7:18 pm Link to this comment
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Why aren’t more people agitating for the end of priestly celibacy?  It is well known that celibacy only came into being because the Renaissance popes wanted to keep all the loot for their own luxurious life styles.  So priests must be forbidden to create families who would need resources.  This is so blatant that it’s hard to believe that Catholics (I am not one) would have bought into this phony pretext for centuries.  By contrast, say, with Judaism, which wants its followers to “be fruitful and multiply” and views with suspicious unmarried Rabbis, Catholicism reqjires an unnatural, inhuman life style of its clergy.  Time for a change!!!

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By jc, May 19, 2011 at 1:00 pm Link to this comment
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Boston Globe: “Priests who were inadequately trained, emotionally unprepared, and isolated, according to a commissioned report by nation’s Roman Catholic bishops.

Researchers at John Jay College of Criminal Justice at the City University of New York, who spent five yrs conducting an extensive study of sexual abuse in the Catholic church to date, concluded homosexual priests were no more likely to abuse than heterosexual priests.”

Once a pedophile they never change…cannot believe globe would link ordinary men with gays.  Guess if your into broke back mountain, why stop pushing a fag it agenda.  I wonder what is the percentage of gay bishops in charge.  According to the study they must be a majority.  Feel sorry for heterosexual priest especially among deviant souls.  As far, as I am concern, do not see a problem when a regular guy wearing a cloth having sex with a women more power to him!  Better than preying on child who cannot defend themselves. 

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By Don Schenk, May 19, 2011 at 11:14 am Link to this comment
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Part 5 of the USCCB Backgrounder:
“John Jay reports that while the majority of youth abused by clergy were boys (81 percent), no evidence exists to suggest that sexual orientation by itself contributes to sex crimes against children.”

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By frecklefever, May 19, 2011 at 10:29 am Link to this comment


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By Jim Yell, May 19, 2011 at 7:06 am Link to this comment
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This doctored paper on the sex abuse by Priests is no big surprise. That is no surpise that it tries to shift the blame away from the church. After all, we had the recent apology/not an apology for the inquestion. It wasn’t the church it was the secular authorities, overlooking that at the time there was no secular authority and yes, it was the church and its teachings that lead to the murder and torture of thousands of people just minding their own businesses.

So now we are to believe that it isn’t an entrensic failure of the church to be responsible for its Priests. It is a blind eye to the sexual abuse that is clear thru out the history of the church. It is to be blind to the record of church authority hiding the crimes and protecting the priests, not so much because they wished to, but because they feared they would be made to look bad. I think for what they did and didn’t do they look Worse.

As to celebacy? Well the ancients rarely expected it from anyone and that includes priests. They felt rather that it was something pledged for a limited period of time. Unfortunately with the fear of sexuality so common in the church they attempt to suppress what is a basic human need and in the process create all sort of malajustments. Expecting men to live without families for life, who are they going to attract, but a lot of people with problems in dealing with life. However, to be fair having famlies doesn’t assure good behavior, Arnold.

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By berniem, May 18, 2011 at 6:12 pm Link to this comment

Gee, I wonder what transgressions were committed by medieval society to cause all of those good catholic parasites to torture and burn “witches” and to unleash the inquisition on anyone who didn’t agree with their insanity? Oh, and those indigenous folks around the world that had to die to be saved, what were their crimes other than resisting exploitation and enslavement? The catholic church, as is all organized religion, is a cancer and plague on the human spirit and a direct hinderance to the rational sustainability of the species!

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By TDoff, May 18, 2011 at 3:18 pm Link to this comment

Well, all the sexual abuse and cover-ups, no matter what the church paid the John Jay College of Criminal Justice to blame it on society, was obviously caused by the ‘Devil, who made them do it’.

You know the Devil. He’s the sly guy with the massive porn collection in his basement, who wears red silk slippers, and ermine robes, and the zucchetto and mitre on his head, and stands out on the balcony overlooking St. Peter’s square a couple of times a year, picking out the souls he’s gonna send to hell.

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By Big B, May 18, 2011 at 11:26 am Link to this comment

Isn’t it a sin to bare false witness? Oh well, what do we expect from a medieval religious organization whose longtime policy has been to penetrate as many children as possible, all the while enjoying tax exempt status.

Isn’t it ironic that all you good catholics out there are paying higher taxes because your churches don’t pay their fair share? And they get to defile your children in the bargin. what a deal.

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