Clergy Sexual Abuse: The Causes?

The nation’s Roman Catholic bishops commissioned John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York to research the causes of clergy sexual abuse. The study concluded that homosexuality and celibacy were not to blame:

“The rise in abuse cases in the 1960s and 1970s was influenced by social factors in society generally. Factors that were invariant during the time period addressed, such as celibacy, were not responsible for the increase or decline in abuse cases over this time.”

This finding, if you were wishing to maintain the status quo of an all-male, celibate priesthood, was just about the best thing you could hope for. One wonders if an independent study, not paid for by the Catholic church, would reach the same conclusions.

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