You might remember Pope Benedict’s statements last December blaming the past child rape on the 70’s culture, with the “tu quoque” argument that the “context of the times” somehow justified it because, to paraphrase, “everyone was doing it.” Well now the Church has a genuine study to back them up.
Two weeks ago the John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York released a report “The Causes and Context of Sexual Abuse of Minors by Catholic Priests in the United States, 1950-2010” that supported the Pope’s statement. It concluded that the majority of the child rapes occurred during the 60’s and 70’s, which was “consistent with the rise in other types of “deviant” behavior, such as drug use and crime” and that “perceptions of “normal” sexual behavior are not stable over time, nor are laws governing the sexual behavior that is considered wrong.” The study seems to suggest that child rape was somehow normal during the hippie revolution and is no longer considered acceptable these days, which is why reports are now coming in decades after the crimes.
The study goes on to say that most “pedo-priests” aren’t actually pedophiles because “pedophilia is defined as the sexual attraction to prepubescent children. Yet, the data on priests show that 22 percent of victims were age ten and under, while the majority of victims were pubescent or postpubescent.”
Well then, they’re not all pedophiles after all, so I guess that makes it okay.
You’d think a five-year study into child-raping priests by a College of Criminal Justice would sound more like it was on the side of actual justice than trying to make excuses for the Catholic Church, until you count the number of times the word “Catholic” appears in the donors list. This study, commissioned by the The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, is nothing more than another example of the old Catholic doctrine “Downplay the sin, protect the sinner, screw the victim.”