More myths than facts in Catholic clergy sexual abuse discussions
1. Catholic clergy aren't more likely to abuse children than other clergy or men in general.
According to the best available data (which is pretty good mostly coming from a comprehensive report by the John Jay College of Criminal Justice in 2004 as well as several other studies), 4% of Catholic priests in the USA sexually victimized minors during the past half century. No evidence has been published at this time that states that this number is higher than clergy from other religious traditions. The 4% figure is lower than school teachers (at 5%) during the same time frame and perhaps as much as half of the numbers of the general population of men. Research states that 17% of American women and 12% of American men were sexually violated when they were children by an adult. Sexual victimization is tragically fairly common in the general population but luckily these numbers have been dropping in recent years. Photo
2. Clergy sexual abuse in the Catholic Church can't be blamed on celibacy. Not having sex doesn't make children the object of one's desire.
First, if Catholic clergy aren't more likely to be sex offenders than other clergy or men in general, then celibacy can't be blamed by iteself. Most sex offenders are not celibate clergy. Most are married or partnered. Furthermore, many men who don't have sex for a variety of reasons (e.g., no suitable partners, marital or relationship distress) don't turn to children for sexual gratification. They turn to other consenting adults. Think about it: If you don't have sex who becomes the object of your desire? Children or other adults?
Read complete article - by Thomas Plante, PhD – April 15, 2010 – Psychology Today
What we know about Homosexuals and the Catholic Clergy Sexual Abuse Crisis – by Thomas Plante, PhD – April 15, 2010 – Psychology Today – read more
Priest Abuse: Male Compared to Female Victimization Impact - Girls as well as boys have been traumatized – by Katherine van Wormer, MSSW, Ph.D. – Psychology Today - read more
Sinead O'Connor seeks justice for church child sex abuse victims - By DEBBIE MCGOLDRICK, Irish Voice Senior Editor - read more
WE ARE OUT OF TIME --- PROTECT OUR CHILDREN! – by Debby Bodkin – OpEdNews – read more
Bishops work for the Vatican: Real aim is to disown the church's victims. – By The Palm Beach Post – Kids Are Being Hurt!!! – read more
Church abuse victims deserve compensation without strings – by Cathy Kezelman - May 20, 2010 – The Sydney Morning Herald – read more
Catholic Church mess calls for accountability - Staunton News Leader - read more
Vatican to deny liability for bishops' actions - by Nicole Winfield,
Associated Press - May 17, 2010 - San Francisco Chronicle – read more
George Rekers - A Heaven-Sent RENT BOY & Vatican - MALE PROSTITUTION RING … “Naturam expellas furca, tamen usque recurret.” – read more - comments
Hitler’s Atrocities & Benedict XVI Insidious Statement Made Against Gay Children – Marriage Equality -> Restores - Hope of Love - To Children In Early Childhood --- Fatima, May 13, 2010 - AUSCHWITZ - AGAIN!!! Kids Are Being Hurt!!! – read more
Sin Inside the Church – by Rev. James Martin, S.J. – May 12, 2010 - The Huffington Post – read more
Benedict XVI Insidious Statement Made Against Gay Children – Marriage Equality -> Restores - Hope of Love - To Children In Early Childhood --- Fatima - A USCHWITZ - AGAIN!!! Kids Are Being Hurt!!! – read more
MARTHA MITCHELL EFFECT –> Nixon is a Crook!!! *** Fr. Marty Kurylowicz ->Kids Are Being Hurt!!! – read more
“Someday, maybe, there will exist a well-informed, well considered and yet fervent public conviction that the most deadly of all possible sins is the mutilation of a child’s spirit.” Erik Erikson
…whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in Me to stumble, it would be better for him to have a heavy millstone hung around his neck, and to be drowned in the depth of the sea. Matthew 18:6
Protect children and the entire world will be safe.
Important note: No disrespect meant to Pope Benedict XVI or the hierarchy, the one and only concern is the safety and well-being of children.
Kids Are Being Hurt!!!