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What a pile of crap. adult content

This whole f-ing study:  http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/la-na-0519-catholic-abuse-20110519,0,4312608.story
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Report BLAMES SOCIETY for sexually abusive priests

A study commissioned by Roman Catholic bishops ties abuse by Roman Catholic priests in the U.S. to the sexual revolution, not celibacy or homosexuality, and says it's been largely resolved. The findings are already under attack.

Sexual abuse by Roman Catholic priests in the United States is a "historical problem" that has largely been resolved and that never had any significant correlation with either celibacy or homosexuality, according to an independent report commissioned by Catholic bishops - and subjected to fierce attack even before its release on Wednesday.

The report blamed the sexual revolution for a rise in sexual abuse by priests, saying that Catholic clerics were swept up by a tide of "deviant" behavior that became more socially acceptable in the 1960s and '70s.

As that subsided, and as the church instituted reforms in the 1990s and 2000s, the problem of priests acting as sexual predators sharply declined, according to the study by John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York.

"The abuse is a result of a complex interaction of factors," said Karen Terry, a John Jay criminal justice professor who led the research team. One major factor, she said at a news conference in Washington, was social turmoil in the 1960s and '70s that led some priests "who had some vulnerabilities" to commit child sexual abuse. She said Catholic seminaries had done a poor job of preparing priests "to live a life of chaste celibacy," as their vows demanded.

The report found no evidence, however, that celibacy itself contributed to sexual abuse. "Given the continuous requirement of priestly celibacy over time, it is not clear why the commitment to or state of celibate chastity should be seen as a cause for the steady rise in incidence of sexual abuse between 1950 and 1980," it said.

It also found no evidence that homosexuality was to blame. While more boys than girls have been abused, the report said, that is probably because priests had greater access to boys. In fact, it said, the incidence of sexual abuse in the priesthood began declining not long after a noticeable rise in the number of gay men entering Catholic seminaries in the 1970s.

News of the report's findings leaked out late Tuesday with an account by Religion News Service, and reaction from critics was swift and harsh. Advocates for victims of child sexual abuse expressed outrage that the report emphasized social factors, which they saw as an attempt to shift blame. A conservative Catholic group objected to the report's exoneration of homosexuality as a cause of the abuse.

William Donohue, the outspoken president of the conservative Catholic League, noted on the group's website that the report found that 81% of abuse victims were male and 78% were beyond puberty. "Since 100% of the abusers were male, that's called homosexuality, not pedophilia or heterosexuality," he said.

Anne Barrett Doyle, co-founder of the website BishopAccountability.org, which chronicles abuse cases and acts as an advocate for victims, said the report failed to take the church hierarchy to task for the abuse crisis, and seemed intended "to decriminalize the bishops' response to child molestation."

"But I guess what is surprising me," she said, "is the fact that they're also chalking up the rape and abuse of tens of thousands of children to a vulnerable priesthood responding to social turmoil."


(read more at link above - darn CM space limit!)

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I don't have anything more to say than what I said in the title.  I guess it's just one more thing to make me glad I'm an atheist.

Anyone care to defend these religious "leaders"?

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Eek_a_Geek

Asked by Eek_a_Geek at 10:15 PM on May. 18, 2011 in Religious Debate

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Answers (37)
  • Is going to be happening in order to salvage what's left of the Roman Catholic Church/Denomination Priests will be allowed to married.
    About the article I agree it is BS!
    MMXI

    Answer by MMXI at 10:21 PM on May. 18, 2011

  • I believe in God not in men!

    That is all I need to say!
    gammie

    Answer by gammie at 10:23 PM on May. 18, 2011

  • Isn't this sort of like a study on the safety and efficacy of pharmaceutical drugs funded by the pharmaceutical industry? NO CREDIBILITY.
    nepenthe429

    Answer by nepenthe429 at 10:25 PM on May. 18, 2011

  • The Report is a disgrace and if the RC Church is to stand behind the apologies of the Pope and the Bishops , it should immediately disown it .

    Who do they think they are kidding ? i guess they forgot to ask for divine guidance before writing that trash.
    janet116

    Answer by janet116 at 10:26 PM on May. 18, 2011

  • – collapse
    The root is sexual immorality and yes I have to agree that when the sexual revolution was exposed, it changed the course of mankind and how they view sexuality. It goes much deeper than that... it is also spiritual. A stronghold in the RCC if you will. When you make a choice to sin you open the door for demonic to enter in and then take hold of the person , the ministry and the church.

    The article is partly true.
    Shaneagle777

    Answer by Shaneagle777 at 10:37 PM on May. 18, 2011 (hidden) + expand

  • Men who go into the Priesthood and swear to celibacy and are not allowed to marry KNOW that they can avoid dealing with the fact that they do NOT want to marry a woman or have sex with a woman, WHat better way to hide their homosexuality from their families and friends and from the Catholic church that is against homosexuality? It s a perfect solution for these men.ANd once they are a Priest, they manipulate small boys and frighten them ,insisting they cannot tell anyone what happened.The believe they are free to molest boys and that they can keep them silent. I firmly believe that is what has happened . It has nothing to do wth "A Sexual revolution" It has been happening for MANY centuries.
    minnesotanice

    Answer by minnesotanice at 10:57 PM on May. 18, 2011

  • CONT: Instead of admitting who they ARE and getting treatment for their pedophilia , they hide their crime and threaten these poor little kids.
    Some men in the Priesthood do want to marry and the Church has the gaul and the nerve to tell them they can't. THAT is a nother sick part of the Catholic church. I have no idea why anyone would decide to cut out a vital part of their lives to be a Priest or a Nun.
    minnesotanice

    Answer by minnesotanice at 11:02 PM on May. 18, 2011

  • Men who go into the Priesthood and swear to celibacy and are not allowed to marry KNOW that they can avoid dealing with the fact that they do NOT want to marry a woman or have sex with a woman, WHat better way to hide their homosexuality from their families and friends and from the Catholic church that is against homosexuality? It s a perfect solution for these men.ANd once they are a Priest, they manipulate small boys and frighten them ,insisting they cannot tell anyone what happened.The believe they are free to molest boys and that they can keep them silent. I firmly believe that is what has happened . It has nothing to do wth "A Sexual revolution" It has been happening for MANY centuries.
    >>>
    You just didn't tie homosexuality to pedophilia? You did not just do that.
    And op, it sounds as if you are doing the very same thing.
    adnilm

    Answer by adnilm at 11:19 PM on May. 18, 2011

  • I have no idea why anyone would decide to cut out a vital part of their lives to be a Priest or a Nun
    >>>>
    A love of God would do that to a person. I don't have to tell you that there are many more priests who have not molested or assaulted anyone than there are priests who do. That was a hell of a rant, that had a lot of hysterical rant and little substance
    adnilm

    Answer by adnilm at 11:21 PM on May. 18, 2011

  • The study was commissioned by the bishops but conducted independently ...


    "But this study is likely to be regarded as the most authoritative analysis of the scandal in the Catholic Church in America. The study, initiated in 2006, was conducted by a team of researchers at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York City at a cost of $1.8 million. About half was provided by the bishops, with additional money contributed by Catholic organizations and foundations. The National Institute of Justice, the research agency of the United States Department of Justice, supplied about $280,000".

    adnilm

    Answer by adnilm at 11:27 PM on May. 18, 2011

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