Report: Sexual orientation not a factor in clergy rape cases

Via USA Today :

A preliminary report commissioned by the nation’s Roman Catholic bishops to investigate the clergy sex abuse scandal has found no evidence that gay priests are more likely than heterosexual clergy to molest children, the lead authors of the study said Tuesday. The full report by researchers at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice won’t be completed until the end of next year. But the authors said their evidence to date found no data indicating that homosexuality was a predictor of abuse.

“What we are suggesting is that the idea of sexual identity be separated from the problem of sexual abuse,” said Margaret Smith of John Jay College, in a speech to the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. “At this point, we do not find a connection between homosexual identity and the increased likelihood of subsequent abuse from the data that we have right now.”

The question has been raised repeatedly within and outside the church because the overwhelming majority of known victims were boys. As part of the church’s response to the crisis, the Vatican ordered a review of all U.S. seminaries that, among other issues, looked for any “evidence of homosexuality” in the schools. Yet, many experts on sex offenders reject any link between sexual orientation and committing abuse.

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2 Responses

  1. This report is going to be HUGE for the gay community, but I’m confident that the Church will find a way to spin it to make gay people the enemy anyway.

    Anyone who knows anything about sexual abuse knows that it isn’t about sex, it’s about power, so sexual orientation would have nothing to do with it.

  2. So does this really tell us anything? Besides that the church is still confused about human sexuality.

    To me even if it was found that the majority of priests who molested children were gay, it wouldn’t be the fact that they were gay that made them do it, it’d be the constant repression of the church that is responsible.

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