Nearly a decade after revelations of widespread sexual abuse of minors rocked the Catholic Church in the U.S., a comprehensive report on the scandal is set for release on Wednesday , hoping to provide answers about a crisis that has raised myriad questions despite years of attention.
Was celibacy to blame for the abuse? Gays in the priesthood? The social revolution of the 60s, or the benighted seminary education of the repressive 1950s?
The truth turns out to be far more complex, according to a copy of the report by researchers at John Jay College of Criminal Justice that was provided by a church leader who believes the findings accurately reflect the causes of the churchs sexual abuse crisis, for good and for ill.
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#21 May 21, 2011
This report is not placing "blame" but rather it seeks to provide an understanding of what happened and why. On another post a person commented that in the pre=vatican II days it was not uncommon for a young man to enter a high school seminary, and remain in the seminary system until they were ordained in their mid-twenties. Might this have some sort of effect? The report rightly points out that this is a very complex matter and one thing will never be able to be identified as the cause.
Seeing that only a small number of priests were actually abusers, maybe look at the priests who have lived celibate and chaste lives. What good practices or habits allowed them to fulfill their promises of priestly life.
#22 May 21, 2011
“The Buybull is innerrrent.”
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#23 May 21, 2011
Celibacy to go along with the misogyny and authoritarianism of the RCC hierarchy is one hellish brew. Good luck, freeeks! But keep your "religious" ravings out of public spaces or secular, civil law.
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