Catholic League: Church Abuse Scandal Is A Crisis Of ‘Homosexuality,’ Not ‘Pedophilia’
Recently, the Catholic Church — and even the Pope himself — have been coming under increasing criticism for failing to appropriately discipline church officials who had sexually abused thousands of children. On March 24th, the New York Times characterized “Pope Benedict XVI’s latest apology for the emerging global scandal of child abuse by predatory priests,” as inadequate, noting that Benedict “made no mention of the need to discipline diocesan leaders most responsible for shielding hundreds of priests from criminal penalties by moving them from parish to parish to continue their crimes.”
The Catholic League responded the op-ed by running an ad in the New York Times criticizing the paper for its editorial and blaming the scandal on homosexuality:
The argument itself is confusing and contradictory. If “homosexuality does not cause predatory behavior” then why is is the “pedophilia crisis” a “homosexual crisis”? Most of the molesters were also over the age 30 but the Catholic League does not rename the “pedophilia crisis” an “older man crisis” or an “white older man” crisis or anything of the sort. But all this misses the point. What the Catholic League is trying to do is imply that there is a connection between homosexuality and molestation, just like segregationists once accused African Americans of raping white women, and Jews were accused of murdering Christian babies.
In reality, pedophilia has little to do with the gender of the child or the orientation of the molester; pedophiles are attracted to youth and control. “Accessibility is more the factor in who a pedophile abuses,” psychotherapist Joe Kort writes. “This may explain the high incidence of children molested in church communities and fraternal organizations, where the pedophile may more easily have access to children.”
Last night on Larry King Live, Catholic League President Bill Donahue tried to dismiss this argument by claiming that “it’s not a pedophilia” because “most of the victims were post pubescent,” as old as 12 or 13 years of age. Anything older than that is the fault of gays.
Update Maureen Dowd writes, "Donohue is still talking about the problem as an indiscretion rather than a crime. If it mostly involves men and boys, that’s partly because priests for many years had unquestioned access to boys."
Bill Donohue: Catholic Sex Abuse Scandal Is Not A Pedophilia Crisis But A Homosexual Crisis
Donohue's method has been to attack the source of the story, the New York Times, accusing the paper of waging a concerted campaign to discredit the Vatican's authority.
Perhaps Donohue's most controversial claim is that this is not a pedophilia crisis but a homosexual crisis; since most victims of molestation were "post-pubescent"," that means the priests were not child molesters but some kind of gay predators. Donohue wrote in a full page ad in the New York Times:
The Times continues to editorialize about the "pedophilia crisis,: when all along it's been a homosexual crisis. Eighty percent of the victims of priestly sexual abuse are male and most of them are post-pubescent. While homosexuality does not cause predatory behavior, and most gay priests are not molesters, most of the molesters have been gay.It's unclear where Donohue is getting his statistics, but this is sure to increase the belief among critics that the church is more interested in protecting its own interests and reputation than innocent children. In a heart-wrenching Times follow-up story, it was revealed that the deaf boys tried for decades to report the sexually abusive priest, but no one would listen.
You can watch Donohue explain his homosexual crisis theory in more detail on CNN.
My Personal Take: As a Christian (not Catholic) I believe the sexual abusers as well as the criminals that tried to cover up their crimes must not only admit of wrong doing but must also regisn from their position and ask God and Jesus for forgiveness... as a human being I hope the lot of them rot in hell, including that bastard Donoue. Now I can either laugh or cry about the whole thing... I think I will do both...
Therefore when they were gathered together, Pope Benedict said unto them, Whom will ye that I release unto you? Pedobear, or Jesus which is called Christ?
But the Cardinals and Bishops persuaded the multitude that they should release Pedobear, and destroy Jesus.
When Pope Benedict saw that he could prevail nothing, but that rather a tumult was made, he took water, and washed his hands before the multitude, saying, I am innocent of the blood of this socialist hippie: see ye to it.
Then answered all the Church Hierarchy, and said, His blood be on us, and on our children.
Then Benedict released Pedobear unto the children so they would "come" unto him.