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Law, culture, and Catholicism...up in smoke!

Friday, September 30, 2005

Homosexuality And The Clergy Abuse Crisis

Following up on Boethius's post, I am amused at the lengths some will go to get around the conclusion that homosexuality is a major, though not exclusive, cause of the clergy sex abuse crisis in this country. Even groups like S.N.A.P. (Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests) tend to avoid this politically incorrect truth.

I have posted these numbers before, but they are worth posting again. According to the John Jay Report, 81 percent of the minors abused by Catholics priests since 1950 were male. Of those male victims, 85.8 percent were 11 or older, meaning the vast majority of those cases fell outside the clinical definition of pedophilia. Yet we constantly hear this scandal labeled as a pedophilia crisis.

If the vast majority of these sexual predators are not pedophiles, what are they? Since the majority of these crimes are committed against post-pubescent members of the same sex, one might conclude that these folks are homosexuals. Some, however, would prefer to call them ephebophiles, which has the benefit of avoiding the naughty 'homosexual' label. Now, even granting that men who are primarily attracted to post pubescent boys have developmental issues with power and control, are they not, at bottom, homosexuals? Homosexuals with a specific age preference?

I find attempts to shove these folks into a separate, airtight category unconvincing. Bob Dole drooled while watching Britney Spears. Sleazy co-workers read Barely Legal (warning: do not google this). And some homosexuals are attracted to teenage boys. Distinctions should be made, but for the sake of our children, let's call a spade a spade.