Catholic clergy abuse report

The BBC has reported that a US catholic church investigation in to clergy abuse has apparently concluded that neither celibacy or sexual orientation was the cause. Instead the social and sexually revolution of the 1960's is blamed. This piece of research I suspect will be treated with sceptisim if not caution. Some immediate questions come to mind:

  • Was there a sexual revolution in the 1960's, and if so what has that got to do with adult men wanting to abuse children?
  • Sexual abuse of children was going on before the 1960's, and so what has this so-called "revolution" got to do with it?
  • It is true that tragically children get abused not just by deviant priests, and I am not sure that I have ever heard anyone, or read anything that, clearly explains why it happens, and so why not undertake research in to that?
  • How does the catholic church explain why it seems to have put the interests of priests before those of the victims in so many cases?

These are the questions that have come immediately to my mind. Alan Collins 02392492472


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