Pope Rat-shit-burger even made the ridiculous claim that the sexual permissiveness of the 60's and 70's was to blame for the prevalence of child sex abuse by priests.
A new study conducted by The John Jay College of Justice shows that contrary to Papa Ratzi's claims, gay priests are no more likely to molest kids than hetero priests. The Washington Post reports:
The 300-page report, formally called “The Causes and Context of Sexual Abuse of Minors by Catholic Priests in the United States, 1950-2010,” upends a number of popular misconceptions. While some will challenge the report’s methodology — and note that U.S. bishops paid for half the estimated $1.8 million price tag — the “Causes and Context” study is clearly a landmark in the research of child sexual abuse.
The first myth challenged by the study is that priests tend to be pedophiles. Of nearly 6,000 priests accused of abuse over the past half century (about 5 percent of the total number of priests serving during that period), less than 4 percent could be considered pedophiles, the report notes — that is, men who prey on children.
“Priest-abusers were not ‘pedophile priests’,” the researchers state flatly.
Second, the researchers found no statistical evidence that gay priests were more likely than straight priests to abuse minors — a finding that undermines a favorite talking point of many conservative Catholics. The disproportionate number of adolescent male victims was about opportunity, not preference or pathology, the report states.
What’s more, researchers note that the rise in the number of gay priests from the late 1970s onward actually corresponded with “a decreased incidence of abuse — not an increased incidence of abuse.”The Catholic Church's pedophilia problem has been around since ancient Roman times. In fact, I maintain that the Roman Empire never fell, it just changed it's name to The Catholic Church. (More on that at another time.)