Skip to comments.US Catholic Church seeks to find root of priest sex abuse
Posted on 11/16/2006 9:54:57 AM PST by presidio9
The US Roman Catholic Church has asked a criminology school to delve into the darkest pages of its history by probing the causes of a priest sex abuse scandal.
At a meeting due to end Thursday in the eastern city of Baltimore, the US Conference of Catholic Bishops voted to disburse 335,000 dollars to fund the first three phases of a study by New York's John Jay College of Criminal Justice.
"It will be a groundbreaking study, never done before in the US, nor in the world," Bishop Gregory Aymond, who chairs the Committee for the Protection of Children and Young People, told AFP.
"We don't know what would come out of it, but we are going to tell the truth," said Aymond, of Austin, Texas.
In 2002, the John Jay College of Criminal Justice had made a list of complaints and pedophilia cases in the US Catholic Church since 1985, when one of the first scandals came to light with the case of a Louisiana priest.
The university will now look into the "social and historical context" of sex abuse to see if such cases are more frequent in the Church than in the rest of society, notably in schools and youth clubs, Aymond said.
The Church wants to "look at what is unique" in the priest sex abuse crisis, he said.
The first part of the study would be completed in 2008 and made public, although the names of suspected priests would be omitted.
In the second part, the university will evaluate the Church leadership's response to sex abuse cases.
"We want to see where we failed and made some mistakes, and learn from those who handled it well," Aymond said.
The study will also paint a psychological profile of pedophiliac priests by reviewing cases in treatment centers.
The review will aim to show "to what extent is a priest sexual abuser profile the same as the psychological profile of the non-priests who are sex offenders," Aymond said.
The university will also interview abuse victims and examine education at seminaries over the decades.
The majority of priests accused of sex abuse were trained in the 1960s and 1970s in seminaries where psychological tests and sexuality education have since been introduced.
A final phase of the study will make proposals on how to prevent sex abuse and help victims.
"Our goal is to ascertain the causes of the clergy sexual abuse crisis and if we need to change any method we have now," said Teresa Kettlekamp, the executive director of the bishops conference's Office of Child and Youth Protection, which was created in 2002, in the wake of the sex abuse scandal.
But the study would also be useful to schools and youth groups, Church officials said.
"The pathology of abusing children isn't unique; it's a societal problem," Kettlekamp said.
"We are hoping it will be a big, big help to the society in general," she said.
I think I have it. You ordain a bunch of homos.
The cause...in a word....CELIBACY!
1 Corinthians 11
11 Nevertheless neither is the man without the woman, neither the woman without the man, in the Lord.
That conclusion has no authority until you spend $335K to come up with it. And then it will be buried.
They're paying John Jay Criminal College $1,000,000 in three installments to tell them that they ordained homosexual priests?
That should not be too hard. Hint: he has horns and a long tail and likes it hot.
But the truth is they were never CELIBRAT. CELIBACY didn't make these men want to pray on little boys.
1 Timothy 3
2 A bishop then must be blameless, the husband of one wife, vigilant, sober, of good behaviour, given to hospitality, apt to teach;
pun intended...pray = prey.
So, if I'm celibate, I'm at risk of groping young boys?
For an exhaustive answer to that question, please read the book "Goodbye to Good Men". I believe the authors last name is Rose. Read it awhile ago and passed it on to my Catholic family members.
it begins with an "H"......for homosexual......
Guilty, repressed, catholics with psychological, sexual damage who don't want to act out their psychosis (homosexuality). They become priests and don't find a traditional psychiatrist who can help them with this PSYCHOLOGICAL problem, they remain homosexual.
Should not be hard (no pun intended) to find the "root". It's attached to a Priests mid section.
Bear in mind that the abuse is almost exclusively statutory rape of gay teenagers by gay priests. Priests don't have a lot of contact with young boys.
Yeah, too true. And the worst of it is that Catholic's everywhere outside the seminaries and the left-wing of the Church (those advancing women priests, married priests and homosexual marriage in the Church) realize this and get little traction within the Church. Young Catholic men report that some seminaries are so filled with homosexuals that they "weed" out conservative straight men from the priesthood. The end result (no pun) is that fewer priests come into the Church in America then elsewhere and those that are at least tolerate homosexuality.
Teachers are preying on their students because teachers are required to be celibate.
Politicians are preying on their pages because politicians are required to be celibate.
Bosses are preying on their secretaries because bosses are required to be celibate.
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