WASHINGTON (AP) -- Researchers hired by the U.S. Roman Catholic bishops to determine the causes of the sex crisis that convulsed the church dismissed all the usual suspects:
Few of the offenders were pedophiles. The abusers were not acting on their homosexuality. Mandatory celibacy did not turn clerics into molesters.
Instead, most of the priest-offenders came from seminary classes of the 1940s and 1950s who were not properly trained to confront the upheavals of the 1960s, when behavioral norms were upended and crime overall in the United States spiked, the researchers said.
"There's no indication in our data that priests are any more likely to abuse children than anyone else in society," said Karen Terry, principal investigator for the report, at a news conference where the report was released Wednesday.
What data were they looking at? With the exception of Boy Scout leaders, everyone knows priests were the biggest molesters of the 20th century. Give us a break. You take thousands of weirdos and put them in charge of alter boys and tell them they don't have to follow the same rules as everyone else in society. What did people expect to happen? I'm not saying all priests are strange, but if you're catholic, go back and look at the dozen or so priests you had in your parish and perform an honest evaluation. Most were not molesters. However, many had issues. They can come up with any kind of study they want to try and rewrite recent history. Most people are not fooled...