Gay Cover-Up Must End

Catholic League president Bill Donohue comments on two news stories released today by the Associated Press:

One of the AP stories on priestly sexual abuse admits that “The overwhelming majority of the victims were adolescents. That means very few guilty priests were pedophiles, a term mental health professionals reserve for those who target pre-pubescent children.” Fine. But then it says something which is positively remarkable: “Even though about 80 percent of victims were boys, the John Jay researchers and other experts on sex offenders say it does not mean the perpetrators were gay.” So what would they be? Heterosexual?

The AP article relied on the extraordinary remark by Margaret Smith, a professor who worked on the John Jay study. She said that while Donohue “quoted the study’s data correctly,” I nonetheless “drew an unwarranted conclusion.” What? That most of the molesters have been gay? Here is what she said: “The majority of the abusive acts were homosexual in nature. That participation in homosexual acts is not the same as sexual identity as a gay man.” So if two men sodomize each other, no one really knows if this qualifies as gay sex. Now I must admit that when I was studying for my doctorate in sociology at NYU, they never taught me such logic.

Both AP stories say the reason why there were so many male victims is because the priests did not have access to girls as altar servers. Nonsense. There have been girl altar servers in some U.S. dioceses since 1983, and almost everywhere since 1994. The statistics actually show that the more priests have access to girls, the less likely it is for girls to be abused.

Here’s the tally. As reported in 2004, between 1950 and 2002, 81 percent of the victims were male; in 2005, it stayed the same; in 2006, it dropped to 80 percent; in 2007, it climbed to 82 percent; in 2008, it jumped to 84 percent; and in 2009, it stayed at 84 percent.

In other words, even though priests have less access to males, homosexual priests are molesting them at a higher rate. It’s time to end the gay cover-up once and for all.

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  • jdembroff

    What is the reasoning that claims that these are not homosexual acts? This befuddles me.

  • jpckcmo

    The only cover up here is that by Catholic bishops. I think Pope Benedict finally realized the extent and depth of the problem and has tried to do the right thing since.

    And yes, it is true that just because the abuse is directed by a man toward a pubescent boy does not make him a homosexual–it makes him a predator who will victimize his easiest target. Yes, girls were around, and they were also victimized. But not in the numbers that the boys were available. This is the pattern of all sexual predators. The Catholic Church can portray itself as the victim of homosexual deviants, but sooner or later it must face the facts of this horror and deal with it in the light of day. The true victims are the boys and girls who now live with the results of the abuse, not the Church.

    And we have not, as yet, even begun to hear from Latin America. Heaven help us.

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