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Homosexuality as a key factor in the sex-abuse scandal

September 10, 2012

Crisis magazine reproduces an important essay by Father Regis Scanlon, originally published by the Homiletic and Pastoral Review, on how the prevalence of homosexuality in the priesthood has contributed to the sex-abuse scandal.

While he welcomes reforms that have been instituted to protect children, Father Scanlon observes: "However, a more important question remains unanswered: why should the Church allow predators to be lurking among the clergy in the first place?"

Ten years ago, as Church leaders began to grapple with the problem of abuse, the role of homosexuality was widely acknowledged. But more recent studies have directed attention away from the problem, despite clear evidence that homosexuality is an enormous contributing factor.


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  • Posted by: impossible - Sep. 13, 2012 7:25 PM ET USA

    The much flaunted report spun like a major media top to obfuscate the truth that homosexuality was a major cause of the problem. The USCCB one more showed its true colors by ignoring the truth and wasting a very teachable moment. The priest can be likened to a father, and fathers, in order to fulfill their function, should be well ordered males capable of properly relating to men, women and children, male and female. The priesthood must no longer be a sociological experiment.

  • Posted by: hartwood01 - Sep. 13, 2012 4:53 PM ET USA

    I never did buy the statement that boys were most available to predator priests,so they were molested. Boys were the most desired by homosexual priests,hence molested.

  • Posted by: koinonia - Sep. 11, 2012 10:17 PM ET USA

    "Why should the Church allow predators to be lurking among the clergy in the first place?" This remarkably fundamental question that even the most irreverent of sports' radio hosts can answer passionately and unequivocally to the negative has encountered less than incontrovertible responses from prelates. Some have even divulged that they too have been predators. Bishop Finn might have the right answer to Father Scanlon's reasonable question.