Report: Priest pedophilia is on the rise again, linked to homosexuality

On Nov. 2, 2018, Louisiana-based Ruth Institute released a study, Is Catholic clergy sex abuse related to homosexual priests?.

The Ruth Institute was founded in 2008 by Dr. Jennifer Roback Morse, an economics-trained author and writer on marriage, family and human sexuality who was the spokesperson for Proposition 8, the California ballot measure defining marriage as a union of one man and one woman which was passed by voters but nixed by an activist judge. Far-left groups including the Human Rights Campaign, GLAAD, and Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) have criticized the Ruth Institute’s stance against same-sex marriage and other LGBT causes. In Aug. 23, 2017, responding to being labeled a “hate group” by SPLC, the Ruth Institute said it “categorically condemns white supremacy, racism, Nazism, and all violent totalitarian political movements. People who cannot defend their positions using reason and evidence resort to name-calling to change the subject away from their anemic arguments. The ‘hate group’ label is a club such people invented to bludgeon their political opponents.”

The study was conducted by Ruth Institute senior research associate Dr./ Rev. D. Paul Sullins — a recently retired Catholic University of America sociology professor who is a leader in the field of research on same-sex parenting and its implications for child development, with four books, including Keeping the Vow: The Untold Story of Married Catholic Priests, and over 100 journal articles, research reports, and essays on issues of family, faith, and culture. He is a former Episcopal priest, married for 30 years with three children, who was ordained to the Catholic priesthood in 2002. He is Associate Pastor of the Church of Saint Mark the Evangelist, Hyattsville, MD.

The study addresses a common question: Is the sex abuse related in any way to homosexual men in the priesthood? It has been reviewed by several scholars, including four social scientists, and will be included in an upcoming book.

Methdology

For his study, Dr. Sullins employed data from the following sources to compute correlations:

Findings

(1) Catholic clergy mainly prey on boys: Whereas two-thirds of victims in U.S. sex abuse of minors are girls, the vast majority of clergy sex abuse victims — over 8 in 10 victims — were boys. As girls became more prevalent as altar servers, abusers of boys “responded to the presence of fewer younger boys primarily by turning to older boys, not to female victims.” Comparable reports in Germany indicate that up to 90% of abuse victims of Catholic clergy have been male, compared to about half of victims in Protestant or non-religious settings in that country.

(2) By comparing the share of homosexual Catholic priests with the incidence and victim gender of minor sex abuse victims by Catholic priests from 1950 to 2001, the study found a strong correlation between sexual abuse of minors and two factors:

(a) A disproportionate number of homosexual clergy:

The study found that the increase in the number of homosexual men in the priesthood is “almost perfectly” correlated with more overall abuse and more boys abused compared to girls. The correlation is 0.98, where a correlation of 1.0 is an absolute positive correlation. That means that the number of child victims increased at almost the same rate as the percentage of homosexual priests — the greater the percentage of homosexual priests, the greater the number of child, mainly male, victims. While the correlation was lower among victims under age 8, it was still strong, at 0.77. Researchers usually consider correlation association above 0.3 or 0.4 to be a strong effect.

However, in Sullins’ words, “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.”

It is not the simple presence of homosexual men in the priesthood that is the correlative factor. Sullins said in a press conference on November 2 that “when homosexual men were represented in the priesthood at about the same rate as they were in the population, there was no measurable problem of child sex abuse. It was only when you had a preponderance of homosexual men.

The percentage of homosexual men in the general population is estimated at 2%. Beginning in the 1950s, the percentage of homosexuals in the priesthood increased from 4% to 16% by the 1980s, eight times the percentage in the general population. From 1965 to 1995 an average of at least one in five priests ordained annually were homosexual, a concentration which drove the overall proportion of homosexual men in the priesthood up to 16%, or one in six priests, by the late 1990s. Dr. Sullins said, “When you get up to 16% of priests that are homosexual, and you’ve got eight times the proportion of homosexuals as you do in the general population, it’s as if the priesthood becomes a particularly welcoming and enabling and encouraging population for homosexual activity and behavior.

If the proportion of homosexual priests had remained at the 1950s level, at least 12,000 fewer children, mostly boys, would have suffered abuse.

(b) A homosexual subculture in seminaries:

The presence of homosexual subcultures in seminaries, as reported by priests considering their own seminary life, accounts for about half the incidence of abuse, but not among heterosexual men. Sullins said that homosexual subcultures encourage those who may have been attracted to male victims to act out more than would have been the case otherwise. Seminary candidates have reported about the problems this disproportion creates. Donald Cozzens’ 2000 book, The Changing Face of the Priesthood, has accounts of homosexual students being so prevalent at some seminaries that heterosexual men felt destabilized and disoriented and left.

What all this suggests is that as the number and percentage of homosexual priests and seminarians increased disproportionate to their “natural” incidence in the general population, they become increasingly emboldened to act out pedophile impulses that would otherwise be suppressed or constrained if homosexual priests were fewer.

(3) Clergy sex abuse has declined since the late 1980s, but not because of measures taken by U.S. bishops. While sex abuse by clergy today is “much lower” — by about one third — than 30 years ago, it has not declined “as much as is commonly thought.” Most of the decline since the 1990s is consistent with “a similar general decline in child sex abuse in America since that time,” and is unrelated to the implementation of the U.S. bishops’ 2002 Charter for the Protection of Children and Young Adults.

(4) More alarming still is that after years in decline, Catholic clergy sex abuse is on the rise again. Dr. Sullins said:

“The thing we’ve been told about the sex abuse is that it is somehow very rare and declined to almost nothing today is really not true. I found that clergy sex abuse did drop to almost nothing after 2002, but then it started to creep up. It’s been increasing. And there are signs that the bishops or the dioceses have gotten complacent about that. It’s not at the great heights that it was in the mid-1970s, but it’s rising. And it’s headed in that direction.”

Recommendations

Under Pope Benedict XVI, the Vatican issued a document which says: “the Church, while profoundly respecting the persons in question, cannot admit to the seminary or to holy orders those who practice homosexuality, present deep-seated homosexual tendencies or support the so-called ‘gay culture’.”

But Dr. Sullins eschews recommending the removal of all homosexuals from the priesthood because he maintains the abuse is not necessarily related to someone’s sexual orientation, citing his knowledge of men with same-sex attraction who are “strong, faithful persons.” What he recommends is a decrease in the number of homosexual priests to reflect their incidence in the general population. This would mean priests are selected for “holiness and commitment to Christ and the things that we would hope would make for a good priest. When you start to get a larger proportion of homosexuals It looks like you are actually selecting for same-sex orientation.”

Sources: Ruth Institute; Catholic News Agency

Peter Rowe reports for the San Diego Union-Tribune, Nov. 18, 2018:

Within the church, some authorities insist the clergy abuse scandal can be traced to a single source: homosexuality.

“The deeper problem,” wrote Janet Smith, a professor of moral theology at Detroit’s Sacred Heart Major Seminary, “lies in homosexual networks within the clergy which must be eradicated.”

These cabals, Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò wrote in a letter critical of Pope Francis, “act under the concealment of secrecy and lies with the power of octopus tentacles, and strangle innocent victims and priestly vocations, and are strangling the entire Church.”

A new group, Concerned Catholics of San Diego, makes a similar argument.

“There are a lot of Catholics who are concerned about a homosexual agenda in the church,” said Daniel Piedra, 33, a Concerned Catholics leader. “The group advocates that people who have deep-seated homosexual desires or tendencies should not be allowed to be priests.”

Meanwhile, more than 130 US bishops — or nearly one-third of those still living — have been accused during their careers of failing to adequately respond to sexual misconduct in their dioceses, according to a Boston Globe and Philadelphia Inquirer examination of court records, media reports, and interviews with church officials, victims, and attorneys.

No wonder the clergy sex abuse of minors is on the rise again.

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H/t Robert R.

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MyBrainHurts
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I wonder why we don’t hear much about child abuse from clergy in other religions. It’s always about Catholic priests. Doesn’t this kind of thing go on in other churches?
(Just asking a question here. Not implying anything one way or the other)

Jay
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Jay

Any time you have a religion that worships a female, homosexuality is the natural outgrowth. Hail Mary comes to mind.

Kris
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Kris

I understand that the Orthodox Jewish community in NYC has been dealing with this problem for a long time. Also, pedophilia is a problem in
the fundamentalist Morman commumity.

hickory
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hickory

1 Timothy 4
Now the Spirit expressly says that in later times some will depart from the faith by devoting themselves to deceitful spirits and teachings of demons, 2 through the insincerity of liars whose consciences are seared, 3 __who forbid marriage__ and require abstinence from foods that God created to be received with thanksgiving by those who believe and know the truth.

Joseph BC69
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Joseph BC69

I wonder why a seminary’s homosexual candidates for priesthood who are successful and become ordained, do not keep in touch with one another and keep their sexual practices to themselves, as they already know one another from their Seminary. Especially if the percentage had risen as high as 16, it seems to me that in most urban situations they could stay in contact with each other fairly easily. I think that if the attraction is always for an older male to a younger one, and we see the SAME relationship amongst heterosexual males as well, that is different than two… Read more »

TrailDust
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What a horrible state of affairs!

Joseph BC69
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Joseph BC69

It really makes one wonder about our contemporary RC Church; has it not learned anything from the last 25 years of exposure of perps and the revelations from their victims?

And yet, at nearly 76, I wonder how it was that in my youth –raised exclusively in an immigrant Roman Catholic community– I never heard one instance from any of my male friends about abuse, even if they were Altar boys? Surely it was going on, if we believe the victims who’ve come forward.

luxmore p jameson
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luxmore p jameson

When the priesthood is opened up to married, straight men this problem will diminish.

MyBrainHurts
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MyBrainHurts

No. it won’t solve the problem. Back in the early days of the church, priests were allowed to be married with children. But then the Vatican figured out that priests were leaving all of their wealth to their families when they died instead of leaving their wealth to the church. That’s when the church started forbidding priests to marry and have heirs to their money and property.

D3F1ANT
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D3F1ANT

If a grown man — priest or not — molests little boys…can’t we take for granted that it’s linked to homosexuality!? I mean…if they weren’t gay wouldn’t they molest little girls? This just seems like another DUH moment.

MyBrainHurts
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MyBrainHurts

That’s exactly why letting priests marry won’t solve the homosexual/pedophile problem.

Watertender
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Watertender

Right now the Diocese of Buffalo NY is being called out on TV. There is a big meeting at the Infant of Prague Parish among a whole big bunch of priests. The 8 Dioceses in Pennsylvania and Buffalo are under the same investigation from what I have been reading…. Now they are talking about Buffalo Diocese going bankrupt…. My wife and her family are very devout Catholics but I have no use for most Priests and have no problem telling them so…

jmjt
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jmjt

you have no use for most priests? how about the fact that most priest’s are good holy men…
300 of 15,000 men served in penna… you wont see a grand jury report on them, just the bad ones.
I’d never lump people, as bad as you, into a group….

Watertender
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Watertender

I am equal opportunity… Preachers as well as Priests…. Imams too for that matter…. Rabbis…. I have been screwed over by religious people much more than by non religious…. Every one of them is “different”… Until they are the same…

Lophatt
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Lophatt

Excellent article. This agrees scientifically with what I’ve remarked upon anecdotally many times here. There is a real problem in the Catholic Church. There are real problems elsewhere as well. But, to confine this to Catholics for now, it is obvious that something must be done. It is not helpful that many claim that the current pontiff is a practitioner and proponent of homosexual, perhaps even pedophile behavior. There is much anecdotal evidence to support this. I previously linked to some articles that seek to explain how this works in practical terms that were written by Catholic clergy. I have… Read more »

Lana
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Lana

” Existing clerics must be scrutinized, examined and made to renew an oath of chastity, etc., and the heads of seminaries must incur increased scrutiny. Unless the seminaries scrutinize those presenting with vocations and eliminate those found unable or unwilling to adhere to Church law, this will never be corrected. The atmosphere must be changed to one that discourages such activity.” How can this possibly happen when the fox is guarding the hen house? I’m sure you have read books like ” Good- Bye Good Men” where it claims that anyone heterosexual is hounded and ostracized, and harassed the minute… Read more »

Lophatt
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Lophatt

The clergy are NOT the Church. I will not abandon my Church because of the sins of the clergy. I said that the clergy must be scrutinized and appropriate actions taken. They are who control the seminaries. The Church survives bad Popes and clergy. This is by no means the first time in 2,000 years that things like this have happened. Leaving is doing exactly what the Church’s enemies would want. There are many who are raising hell over this. The Church is having more difficulty with fund drives and such because the laity want assurances that the money won’t… Read more »

Lana
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Lana

I didn’t say for anyone to abandon their church at all. I meant there should be a type of walkout to show the hierarchy that the real Church, the people (which I stated above), are in solidarity on this issue, and will not tithe and continue sitting idly by until something is done.

Lana
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Lana

” No one but the bishops can fix this.”
And again I say how will that happen when the bishops are homos and homo protectors too? Again a walkout – a protest of sorts, NOT AN ABANDONMENT of the church directed at the bishops might at least bring some pressure to bear.
All of Christ’s Church is under attack right now for sure. The Zionist Christians may not be feeling it quite as much at the moment, but if things continue they will not be excluded once they have served their purpose.

Lophatt
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Lophatt

Suit yourself. I’m not going anywhere.

Lana
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Lana

I’ve said for a long time that this problem has been deliberately misrepresented as a pedophile problem when in fact it is a homosexual problem. The media and related authorities will not call a spade a spade, and take the chance of undoing what they have accomplished in elevating homos as victims, paragons, saints, and just plain everyday wholesome folk. In general these are sick individuals who have no place in the Church practicing or not because as it has been shown, far too many suffer from other imbalances, and mental disorders like narcissism. You don’t let a group who… Read more »

Steven Broiles
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Two things seem to me to stand out. First, Bella Dodd admitted in her memoir, “School of Darkness” that it was her job as a member of the Communist Party to recruit subversive men to the priesthood, to recommend them. This, along with the efforts of others, opened the door to the problem. This pre-dates the Second Vatican Council. The second factor seems to have been the Second Vatican Council itself, or, more precisely, the Pope who prolonged it and enacted sweeping changes in who would be admitted to the priesthood, Paul VI. It was this tidal wave of radical… Read more »

Jackie Puppet
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Blather
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Blather

No wonder they want to adopt children.

Hawkmoon
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Hawkmoon

Mel Gibson was right all along.

Tammy Hires
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Tammy Hires

As I get ready for work, I have to ask, what happened to that old adage, the men is men and the women is women! I don’t know about Parolin becoming Pope myself, even though he is a great mover and shaker, would make an excellent singer song writer too. Maybe that’s the problem with the church at the moment, with dropping numbers, they just don’t have enough to do with their time.

Arche N.
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Arche N.

Someone who has a scholarly knowledge of classical Latin wrote in her blog a few years ago that Amoris Laetitia actually means “The Joy of Sodomy.” // Maurizio Blondet’s Italian-language blog detailed a few days ago an extent of entrenched homosexual goings-on among Vatican clergy that made even the major scandals that keep coming to light among the Church in the U.S. seem like the mere exudate of a moribund maggot-infested wound. Not at all what Jesus had in mind in teaching his followers how to be closer to the Most High and do the will of his Father.

T Hires
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T Hires

THANKYOU Dr. My Latin isn’t as sharp as it once was, I was confused beyond measure over this Amoris quote. I shall return my copy of Ruepoles Latin to the shelf!

St. Longinus
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St. Longinus

Dr. E. Michael Jones – “The problem is homosexuality.”
But it’s a problem for the mainstream media because homosexuality is not a sin and has become ‘virtuous behavior’. And therefore, this MUST be cast as a ‘pedophile’ problem. But it’s mainly post pubescent AND grown men that have been abused by predatory pederasts. This is a great interview.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8XZ_SQMLjTU&t=2s

Lophatt
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Lophatt

Yes, I tried to make that point, above. The fundamentals are simple. The “application” is not. First, we are all sinners. As St. Augustine said: “The Church is a hospital for sinners, not a museum for saints”. Simply being homosexual is not a sin. PRACTICING homosexuality IS a sin. That said, being “sinful” does not automatically create a situation where abandonment occurs. It should, and does, require correction. It seems apparent that there are many homosexuals in the Church who choose to approach this as if some “enlightenment” has occurred that now makes this behavior acceptable. None has and it… Read more »

Jordan
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Jordan

Most “Christian” priests are freemasons. Most big money denominationl churches, especially with “sister city churches” work with international adoption agencies run by the UN/EU aka (international jewry). Also, the title “father” given to priests is very old “daddy issues” psychology to gain the trust of the children, many of whom are orphans and will be drugged and abused “programmed” for their new freemasonic owners. This is the path for creating MK killers as well. It’s worldwide. If you or your family is involved with judaism, freemasonry, scientology, wicca, thelema, all that garbabe, get out. Jesus never said to build a… Read more »

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