I want to understand this, really I do, please someone explain to me how a study, (from what I understand paid for by:
USCCB, National Institute of Justice, Knights of Columbus, Raskob Foundation, Catholic Mutual Group, Sisters of Charity Ministry Foundation, Luce Foundation, Catholic Health Association of the United States, St. Joseph Health System, Greater Cincinnati Foundation, Assisi Foundation of Memphis, Daughters of Charity Foundation/Province of the West, Anonymous donations, Individual donors
Blaming the sexual abuse of minors on the changing times of the 60’s is not helpful or at all healing for victims?
It is nice to have confirmed what most of the celibate priesthood already knew, that the fault of the abuse scandal does not lie with priest celibacy or homosexuality. However it is not a comfort for victims to learn that at the same time as a lot, not all but a lot, of the molestation that was happening in the Church there was an increase in societal molestation and sexual deviance. And it is really not a comfort to be told that I was a victim because Tom Smith had better access to me, a male, than he did to females.
In the release of this study was there anywhere mentioned that the bishops played a HUGE part by complicity? I wouldn’t put it past news outlets to exclude this if it were included in the press release but I have to ask was it even present.
From a victim’s perspective it looks like once again the bishops are placing the blame elsewhere instead of admitting their part in the whole mess. First the media was blamed, then the lawyers, then the victims now its the era of society. Read the Philadelphia District Attorney report from the 2005 Grand Jury hearings about molestation in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. You will see perfectly how Anthony Cardinal Bevilacqua & John Cardinal Krol before him are to blame for the scope of the scandal in Philadelphia