Today's Catholics are responsible for tomorrow's child sex abuse victims.

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    Baloney. You are so full of your self. Thats like saying todays civil servants are liable for unjust police killings.
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    Sex abuse of children within the Church, part 1 of 2

    Public concerns over sex abuse of children by U.S. Catholic clergy began to grow in the early 1980s with news of incidents in Oregon and then in Louisiana. However, they reached major proportions only with reports from Boston, starting in January, 2002. After that, victims of abuse began to come forward in numbers, and soon many dioceses in the U.S., then in other countries, were immersed in complaints.

    Dimensions of the U.S. problems appear in a report commissioned by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, funded by the Conference, the U.S. Department of Justice and other Catholic organizations, performed by a team at CCNY John Jay College of Criminal Justice, and released in May, 2011. [ available from the Conference at under the title, "The Causes and Context of Sexual Abuse of Minors by Catholic Priests in the United States, 1950-2010" ]

    The 2011 Jay College report shows that known incidents of sex abuse involving children grew steadily in the Church, by nearly a factor of ten, from around 1950 to around 1980, then fell rapidly through the early 1990s. [Jay College report, 2011, Fig. 1.1, p. 8] Before publicity about the Boston-area problems, known incidents, nationwide, had fallen to a level lower than recorded in more than 50 years before.

    Contrary to some impressions, the 2011 Jay College report showed that sex abuse of children in the Church was mostly committed by men who found multiple opportunities among boys and girls of varying ages, not mostly by pedophiles, as the term is usually understood, or by homosexuals. [Jay, Incidence of abuse, p. 34, Conclusion, p. 74, and Table 5.2, p. 104]

    During 53 years under review, 1950 through 2002, the 2011 Jay College report found about 4 percent of active, U.S. diocesan priests had been investigated for sex abuse of children. [Jay, p. 8] Numbers of incidents were higher in some regions than others, notably "Region M," which may be New England. [Jay, Fig. 2.2, pp. 28-29]

    Despite complex findings in the 2011 Jay College report, the headline for an article by Laurie Goodstein, writing for the NY Times, described the origins of abuse glibly. [ Sexual revolution cited as cause of priest abuse, May 18, 2011, at ] That approach was soon copied in other media. The NY Times later revised its headline, replacing the original, but damage had been done. Lisa Wangsness, writing in the Boston Globe, showed only weak understanding of the report.

    The 2011 Jay College report shows steady increases in sex abuse of children within the U.S. Church, starting many years before the widespread changes in sexual behavior that began around the mid-1960s. It cites closest correlations of abuse with rising U.S. divorce rates, starting after World War II, and with rising rates of drug use and crime. [Jay, "For the 'Causes and Context' study," pp. 36-37]

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    Sex abuse of children within the Church, part 2 of 2

    Notably revealing segments of the 2011 Jay College report are reviews of other religious, educational and social institutions, including Southern Baptists, Episcopals, orthodox Jews, public schools, child care groups, Boy Scouts, Big Brother Big Sister and USA Swimming. [Jay College report, 2011, Understanding sexual abuse in youth-serving organizations, pp. 16-19]

    The 2011 Jay College report asserts that the only institutional records of abuse with extents comparable to those of the Church are those of the Boy Scouts. Between 1965 and 1989, about 0.1 to 0.2 percent of Boy Scout leaders were investigated for sex abuse of children, depending on the measure used--1/20 or less the rates of potential offenders described among active diocesan priests in the U.S. [Jay, pp. 8 and 17-18]

    Over 20 years there were about 1,000,000 active U.S. Boy Scout leaders, while over 53 years there were fewer than 100,000 active U.S. Catholic diocesan priests. While sex abuse was hardly confined to the Church, over the past 60 years the U.S. Church hosted a notably high proportion of abusers, recording more investigations for sex abuse of children than a U.S. organization also serving young people with far more workers.

    According to the 2011 Jay College report, during the 1980s tolerance for sex abuse of children within the Church markedly decreased. Offenders became more likely to be isolated from contact with children, suspended or removed from ministries. [Jay, Sex abuse treatment, pp. 80-82] However, awareness of the many difficulties in treating offenders and the low likelihood of success grew only slowly. [Jay, p. 89, and Conclusion, p. 93]

    This year, a grand jury in Philadelphia reported 37 priests in the Philadelphia archdiocese with "substantial evidence of abuse" who remained in active ministries that included contacts with children. [ David O'Reilly and Nancy Phillips, Why 37 accused priests are still serving, Philadelphia Inquirer, February 13, 2011, at ]

    Conclusions of the 2011 Jay College report outline the difficult tasks faced in purging sex abuse of children from the Church or from any other organization. [Jay, Factors, Responses, p. 110] Psychological testing has not been very effective. Sexual orientation and sexual behaviors with adults are not reliable predictors. Only persistent observation is likely to work, and only close relationships are likely to make that possible.

    As is well known, most of the priests named in the Philadelphia inquiry have been suspended. Cardinal Justin Rigali soon resigned as archbishop of Philadelphia and was replaced by Most Rev. Charles Chaput, formerly the archbishop of Denver. What remains unknown is whether efforts in the U.S. Church are ending problems with sex abuse of children or have only temporarily suppressed them. The 2011 Jay College report does not tell.

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    Wow ,
    So much verbiage about such a small part of the problem of child abuse. So many non catholic children in the world like 4/5 of the population and you think you have the corner on child abuse. What small thinkers you both are.
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    Hard lessons, slow progress

    A reader here, who seems to have a surplus of venom to spout about most anything, might have known all about child sex abuse by the age of five. That reader's approach has usually been either mystification, cordoning off topics to be understood only by His Majesty's serene experts, or else floccinaucinihilipilification, a coinage treasured by the late Sen. Moynihan of New York, who was able to deploy it with genuine vigor.

    Most of us did not know all about child sex abuse by the age of five, and we were surprised to learn of so much in what we saw as an unlikely quarter. The efforts of the Jay College investigating team found some information of wide significance, although most renditions in news media trivialized their work.

    Among findings in the 2011 Jay College report, lost on most news writers, were the many difficulties and low success rates in trying to rehabilitate offenders. Evil motives aside, traditions of confession, forgiveness and redemption and a growing shortage of priests have surely made that a hard lesson to accept.

    Even exorcism, practiced according to traditions, is not expected to expel a deeply entrenched demon quickly. A ninety-day plan for a Church that measures time in centuries hardly sounds likely. If anything found by the Jay College team were to be credited, it would be the patient work needed to sort out a few bad apples from many sound ones. In their careful sifting of evidence, they found no fast or easy way to do that.

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    Unknown predators

    Without fervency of appeals such as these, less would have been accomplished. However, limits emerge in "all known predators." It may be worth reviewing the NY Times article cited from May 18, where reporter Goodstein cites Anne Barrett Doyle of Bishop Accountability. Her chief objection at that time to the 2011 Jay College report was its reliance on information provided by the U.S. dioceses, saying, "There aren't many dioceses where prosecutors have gotten involved, but in every single instance there's a vast gap--a multiplier of two, three or four times--between the numbers of perpetrators that the prosecutors find and what the bishops released."

    Aside from absolute numbers, slow gathering concern within the Church, up to around 1980, and fast growing anxiety afterward, over scandals and lawsuits, may have strongly affected the picture presented by the Jay College report in its key Figure 1.1 [p. 8], showing the incidence of child sex abuses disclosed by dioceses. Such potentials were only hinted in the report, but they could mean a much greater incidence of problems in the historical past and a heavy suppression of potential problems in the present. The "known predators," according to Ms. Doyle, are outnumbered by the unknown.

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    Re: Today's Catholics are responsible for tomorrow's child sex abuse victims.

    Bopopes appeals have the force of sticking pee to the mast. After some spray no one cares. That is why he is the one post wonder of this site. Posting his one sided appeal. He cares nothing about all the other abuse victims. He is a s bag and a pain in the @sS.
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    Mysterious ways

    Recently Jay Lindsay, an Associated Press writer, described St. Jeremiah's church in Framingham, whose parish was absorbed in 2005. It has been occupied by continuous vigils since the church was closed. According to Mr. Lindsay, "a Syro-Malabar priest has been leading a Sunday mass...since 2008, with Boston Cardinal Sean O'Malley's permission." [ Closed church sells but protesters won't leave, Boston Globe, October 1, 2011, at ]

    Some eastern rite, or apostolic, Catholics, including the Syro-Malabar Church, are in full communion with the Roman Catholic Church, although far less known in the U.S. Our similar experience in Brookline has been with Melkites, who maintained headquarters at the former St. Aidan's Church on Freeman St. until the Newton eparchy established a permanent home in West Roxbury.

    During tension over preservation of St. Aidan's, ardently desired by its neighborhood, Rev. Msgr. Jack Ahern, formerly pastor of St. Mary's in Brookline, was led to become a Melkite archimandrite, while remaining a Roman Catholic priest. That is a role in which he continues as pastor of Mother Teresa Parish, St. Peter Parish and Holy Family Parish in Dorchester. Unlike priests of the Syro-Malabar Church and, of course, the Roman Catholic Church, most Melkite priests are married, but those entering as Roman Catholics, like Fr. Ahern, do not marry.

    The Syro-Malabar Church, once known as the Church of the St. Thomas Christians, has been notable in Kerala, a state of southern India. Numerous immigrants from Kerala living in and west of Boston are the forces of its presence today at St. Jeremiah's Church in Framingham, which will become the home of the Kerala Catholics of New England, more recently known as the Syro-Malabar Mission of Boston. Perhaps the Lord, as some may still continue to say, works in mysterious ways.

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