Despite widespread insistence that “sexual orientation” has played no role in past or current Roman Catholic priest sex-abuse scandals, studies have found that more than 80 percent were under-aged victims of male-on-male abuse.
Further, in a survey of Catholic priests, more than half said a “homosexual subculture” existed in the seminary they attended.
Those facts mostly have been ignored in the coverage of the Pennsylvania Grand Jury Report on Clerical Sex Abuse, points out a retired Catholic priest in a report for the Ruth Institute, a non-profit focused on the impact of family breakdown on children and “helping young people avoid the poisonous personal consequences of the Sexual Revolution.”
The author of the Ruth Institute report is Fr. Paul Sullins, Ph.D., a retired professor of sociology at Catholic University of America and currently senior research associate at the Ruth Institute.
Jennifer Roback Morse, the president of the Ruth Institute, noted the grand jury in the Pennsylvania scandal cited many cases of “male-on-male predation.”
“The Ruth Institute has utmost sympathy for the victims of clerical predation, and revulsion at those who covered up the crimes. We encourage anyone who has been abused to come forward,” she said.
But she and Sullins pointed to facts sometimes overlooked or ignored by the media.
Two studies, in 2004 and 2011, by the John Jay College of Criminal Justice – commissioned by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops – found that more than 80 percent of the cases of clergy abuse were male-on-male predation by priests against pre-teen and teenaged boys.
The active homosexual subculture in Catholic seminaries and dioceses was confirmed in a 2002 survey of nearly 2,000 Catholic priests by the Los Angles Times. In the survey, 44 percent of respondents said there was a homosexual subculture in their diocese or religious institute.
Asked if there was there a homosexual subculture in their seminary at the time they attended, 53 percent of recently ordained priests replied yes.
“These findings actually affirm official Catholic teaching on sexual morality,” the Ruth Institute said. “Contrary to the claims of the Sexual Revolution, sexual self-mastery is possible, and necessary for a good life.”
Sullins cited former seminary rector Donald Cozzens writing that sexually active homosexual groups were at times so dominant in seminary that heterosexual men felt that they did not fit in and left.
The new grand jury report revealed this week, based on internal documents from six Catholic dioceses in Pennsylvania, found more than 300 “predator priests” have been credibly accused of sexually abusing more than 1,000 child victims.
“We believe that the real number of children whose records were lost or who were afraid ever to come forward is in the thousands,” the report says.
“Priests were raping little boys and girls, and the men of God who were responsible for them not only did nothing; they hid it all. For decades. Monsignors, auxiliary bishops, bishops, archbishops, cardinals have mostly been protected; many, including some named in this report, have been promoted.”