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I do not wish to minimize abuse. It is grave and evil. But, rather, to correct the perception that the priesthood is filled with abusers, and the Church is filled with abused people. This is simply not true.

In response to: http://catholicforum.fisheaters.com/inde...sg33821624

According to Msr. Charles J. Scicluna:

Between 2001-2010 roughly 3,000 cases of abuse were examined, which involve offenses committed in the last fifty years.

60% were ephebophilia, that is, sexual attraction to adolescents of the same sex.
30% were heterosexual relations.
10% were true pedophilia, meaning sexual attraction to pre-pubescent children.

Of these 3000 cases,

60% did not involved  full legal proceedings due to the advanced age of the accused, but some administrative and disciplinary measures were taken, such as a ban on celebrating Mass with the faithful and on hearing confessions, and the requirement to live a secluded life of prayer.
20% involved full legal proceedings.
10% involved a decree of removal from the clerical state.
10% involved the accused clergy themselves asked to be relieved of the obligations of priesthood, some of these were caught in possession of child pornography, also condemned by civil authorities.

Of these 3000 cases, they hail from:

US: (2003-2004) 80% ; (2009) 25%

No other country is mentioned.

On average there are 250 cases per year. There were 412,236 priests in 2010. That means .06% of the priesthood is involved! Perhaps we can be generous and bump it up to double to account for unreported cases: .12%.

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Source: http://2429-ncronline.voxcdn.com/blogs/n...ainst-pope
And let's look at the John Jay Report and the US, obviously one of the worst areas.

10,667 accusations between 1950 and 2002.
6,700 accusations substantiated by the dioceses.
These accusations were against 4,392 priests.
4,392 priests out of the 109,694 priests who served the US during this time is 4%.
1,021 of these priests were contacted by police.
384 (6%) were charged.
252 convictions.
100 (2%) prison sentences.
3,300 were not investigated because the allegations were made after the accused priest had died.

.4% of these priests were charged.

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I thought you meant liturgical abuse at first... I was like... WHAAAA!? You MAD!?

But I know you not mad  Grin
Thanks for summarizing the data for us, useful to have in one spot.
According to a study conducted by Hofstra University, the number of abusing priests is indeed minuscule: on the order of one percent of the rate of abusing public school teachers:

http://wizbangblog.com/2011/07/08/sexual...y-priests/
(10-31-2012, 02:30 PM)Scriptorium Wrote: [ -> ]Of these 3000 cases, they hail from:

US: (2003-2004) 80% ; (2009) 25%

No other country is mentioned.

I think that is the most interesting part of your post. Why so many in the US? I think this says way more about the United States than it does about the priesthood.
(10-31-2012, 04:35 PM)Paul Luke Wrote: [ -> ]
(10-31-2012, 02:30 PM)Scriptorium Wrote: [ -> ]Of these 3000 cases, they hail from:

US: (2003-2004) 80% ; (2009) 25%

No other country is mentioned.

I think that is the most interesting part of your post. Why so many in the US? I think this says way more about the United States than it does about the priesthood.

Yup.  I think that is also part of the reason that priests have been so intensely vilified.  That is more comfortable than coming to grips with the pandemic problems with sexual molestation in the population at large.
Fr Charles is now here in Malta, as our auxiliary bishop. He also baptised me  Grin

yep, that's my only claim to fame.  Cry(
I'm new to the TLM and Fish Eaters. I don't know how most feel about Bill Donohue, but he reviewed a study done by the John Jay Institute for the USCCB and he determined that it was more of a homosexual problem rather than a pedophilia problem. These numbers aren't exact, I am remembering them from an interview he did with Arroyo on EWTN. It was something like 70% of the victims were post pubescent males. I am terrible with computers or I would include a link to the study, but I found the study on Donohue's website. Laughably of course the study said that the scandal had nothing to do with homosexuality and I think the USCCB agreed more or less. Hence why I am a Trad now. (that's not the only reason, but that kind of secular, liberal thinking drove me crazy where I currently live in the Baltimore area)
Pope John Paul II met with Yassar Arafat on eight or ten occasions back in the 2000 to 2002 time frame. I recall Alan Dershowitz, among other Zionists, waxing apoplectic in his denunciations of the Pope for "negotiating with terrorists."

As the accounts of sexually abusing priests gained wide media play about this time, the left-wing website *Counterpunch* insinuated a hidden agenda was at play. Still, it back-pedaled. It made a point of noting it isn't polite to perpetuate anti-Semitic canards about Jews and their disproportionate influence in the media.

No, far better to perpetuate anti-Catholic canards defaming the priesthood as a nest of pedophiles. And so it goes.

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