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Whose bias?

By Diogenes (articles ) | Jun 17, 2005

Paul McHugh, a member of the National Review Board, hopes that the US bishops' conference will approve a $1 million investment in a new study of the causes of the sex-abuse scandal.

"If we don't do this study," he said, "some one else will, and they might bring different biases to it."

Different biases? And what biases do you want to have included in the study?

In citing the need for the abuse study, McHugh said some Catholics have blamed gay priests for the crisis. "But we don't know that. We don't know if being homosexual has anything to do with it," he said. "We don't know what caused it."

Oh. I withdraw my question.

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  • Posted by: Charles134 - Jun. 19, 2005 10:04 PM ET USA

    I'm sorry, but we're kidding ourselves if we think that we can change things by withholding money. Bad bishops will pawn the Church's patrimony for money to pay for stays at St. Luke's when their boyfriends get caught. They'll take the money for the sex-ed gay propaganda program out of the building maintenance collection. Look at Boston. All these good people thought they were contributing to the support of elderly priests, but the money went elsewhere. Better bishops is the only answer.

  • Posted by: - Jun. 18, 2005 10:39 AM ET USA

    I give my substantial donations to Opus Dei, although I'm not a member. I'm fairly certain they're not going to blow the money on a nonsensical study that will only confirm the obvious. It's amazing how these bishops rail against defense spending, decrying how it robs the poor, while failing to acknowledge the equally obvious irony that the >$1B spent to quell the abuse crisis has the same effect. Be afraid. Be very, very afraid.

  • Posted by: Cornelius - Jun. 18, 2005 5:56 AM ET USA

    As a psychiatrist, Dr. McHugh has good reason to express ignorance as to the cause of the scandal: the failure of traditional psychiatry to "cure" these homosexual priests and stop them from acting on their deviant cravings is palpable evidence of the bankruptcy of that so-called "scientific" profession. Shrinks gave Bishops the nod that these priests were cured. They weren't, yet psychiatry has not taken the lumps that the Bishops have been getting ever since.

  • Posted by: Stonewall - Jun. 17, 2005 8:56 PM ET USA

    The fault lies with the bishops, no need to blow a million dollars. I also send my money to the FSSP.

  • Posted by: Abraham Tolemahcs - Jun. 17, 2005 3:48 PM ET USA

    Spending $1mil on this study is like spending one million dollars to see if water is really wet!! The motto is "No dogma, no dollars." STOP giving your hard earned money to the bishops via the collection plates every sunday or put in monopoly money if they're going to blow it on this nonsense. It's insulting. They obviously need something to get their attention. I sent a polite letter to my Bishop telling him all my $S is going to the FSSP & I listed my reasons why. Still no response.

  • Posted by: Vincit omnia amor - Jun. 17, 2005 3:24 PM ET USA

    Dr. McHugh may just be speaking scientifically. For example, his "we don't know" statement is true in the sense that the bigger crisis seems to be not JUST that there were sick-o priests BUT that shepherds allowed members of their flock to be put in harms way. Anyway, not denying the cynism which is reasonable in these times, let's hope the study, if done, arrives at the truth. Maybe it's good McHugh said "we don't know." Why? Because, if he stated the obvious he'd never get the study funded!

  • Posted by: - Jun. 17, 2005 12:46 PM ET USA

    McHugh must be one of those otherwise highly-intelligent people who refuse to acknowledge one central fact: 81% of the abuse was homosexual. "Ephebophilia" is, by definition, a homosexual disorder. Whoever has eyes to see, and ears to hear....

  • Posted by: - Jun. 17, 2005 11:00 AM ET USA

    Actually, (Dr.) Paul McHugh is a good guy and, I believe, orthodox. He was chief of psychiatry at Johns Hopkins & has written quite persuasively against the nonsense pervading the "therapy industry". Anyhoo, I believe his comments definitely leave open the possibility that, if the evidence were there re: ephebophilia (and we certainly know that it is, if one cares to look), he would attempt to move the Board toward accepting and dealing with the problem. Oh, I so want to be optimistic!

  • Posted by: patriot6908 - Jun. 17, 2005 10:28 AM ET USA

    Please, a bit of charity for Paul McHugh. He also has a mortgage to pay and probably needs some home improvements as well. If not granted the $1 million investment, he will have to take out a home equity loan. Then he will be so depressed as to not be able to think clearly about the causes of the sex-abuse scandal. Another group may discover gay priests hiding under some cassocks with their eyes on eighth grade boys out on the playground.

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