"More homosexual men in the priesthood relates very clearly to more sexual abuse of boys." -Father Paul Sullins
[LifeSiteNews.com] A new report dares to ask the question those in authority in the Catholic Church have assiduously avoided for decades: Is there a correlation between the presence of a high proportion of homosexuals in the priesthood and the incidence of clergy sex abuse? (Photo: Creative Commons-Pixabay)
The report also examines how "homosexual subcultures" within Catholic seminaries may have contributed to creating an environment where homosexual clergy were more likely to abuse minors.
"Although over 8 in 10 of victims have been boys, the idea that the abuse is related to homosexual men in the priesthood has not been widely accepted by church leaders," wrote Father Paul Sullins, a retired Catholic University of America (CUA) sociology professor, in a new report for the Ruth Institute. "The data show that more homosexual men in the priesthood was correlated with more overall abuse and more boys abused compared to girls."
Sullins' report is titled: Is Catholic clergy sex abuse related to homosexual priests?
The priest said in a recent press conference that this "question comes up logically because the vast majority of [priestly sex abuse] victims were boys. Usually in sex abuse of minors, two-thirds of victims are girls."
The report compares "previously unexamined measures of the share of homosexual Catholic priests and the incidence and victim gender of minor sex abuse by Catholic priests from 1950 to 2001 to see if these matters are related."
While Sullins' findings are stunning, they serve to confirm what many have suspected all along:
Clergy sexual abuse is still a problem. Since peaking 35 years ago, it has declined much less than commonly thought. The decline is consistent with an overall drop in sexual assault in American society.
Since 2002, abuse has been rising amid signs of complacency by church leaders, and today is comparable to the early 1970s.
The share of homosexual men in the priesthood rose from twice that of the general population in the 1950s to eight times the general population in the 1980s. This trend was strongly correlated with increasing child sex abuse.
A quarter of priests ordained in the late 1960s report the existence of a homosexual subculture in their seminary, rising to over half of priests ordained in the 1980s. This trend was also strongly correlated with increasing child sex abuse.
Four out of five victims over age seven were boys; only one in five were girls. Ease of access to boys relative to girls accounts for about one fifth of this disparity. The number of homosexual priests accounts for the remaining four fifths.
And perhaps the most chilling conclusion of Sullin's research is this:
Estimates from these findings predict that, had the proportion of homosexual priests remained at the 1950s level, at least 12,000 fewer children, mostly boys, would have suffered abuse... Subscribe for free to Breaking Christian News here
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