On clerical abuse, the mainstream may finally recognize the obvious

By Phil Lawler (bio - articles - email) | Jul 02, 2018

Charles Collins writes for Crux:

If the Church hierarchy continues to turn a blind eye to sexual misconduct involving adults, it will never be able to put an end to the sexual abuse of minors.

Good point. Wonder why nobody thought of it earlier.

Oh, wait. From my book The Faithful Departed, published ten years ago:

The Dallas norms set out disciplinary standards for priests who were involved in any sexual relationship with people, male or female, under the age of eighteen. But the bishops did not discuss, and the norms do not address, sexual misconduct by priests involving partners over the age of consent. When a priest pursues a sexual relationship with a psychologically vulnerable parishioner, he is guilty of abuse, even if that parishioner is an adult. And a priest who engaged in consensual sexual contact with another man is guilty of grave misconduct, even if it is not abusive.

Phil Lawler has been a Catholic journalist for more than 30 years. He has edited several Catholic magazines and written eight books. Founder of Catholic World News, he is the news director and lead analyst at CatholicCulture.org. See full bio.

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  • Posted by: feedback - Jul. 07, 2018 11:34 AM ET USA

    I am sure that the so-called "shortage of priests" and "crisis of vocations" are directly related to the disproportionately large numbers of homosexual ordinations.

  • Posted by: filioque - Jul. 05, 2018 6:22 PM ET USA

    shrink has it exactly right. If only we could be rid of the whole rotten crew of complicit, cover-up, look-the-other-way bishops and priests. I wouldn't care if there were only 10 honest ones left in the world. We would be better off. Our popes have failed us, our press has for the great part failed us, everyone who pretended the problem was pedophilia failed us. The homosexual activists who have pushed their agenda need to be expunged, even if every desk in the Vatican is left empty.

  • Posted by: Randal Mandock - Jul. 05, 2018 11:03 AM ET USA

    As a "safe-environment facilitator," I struggled mightily in trying to decide if I would offer the course during my first year in this capacity. The problem was the unqualified talking point about heterosexual abuse of minors and other vulnerable individuals. I finally offered the course after stepping back to view the forest instead of the individual trees. I now qualify that point with hard data from the John Jay Report and from evidence since the report's publication. The audience is receptiv

  • Posted by: shrink - Jul. 02, 2018 6:51 PM ET USA

    The 2002 Natl. Review Board saw this as a problem of homosexuals in the priesthood, and even the timid Cdl O'Malley expressed as much in 2010 when the John Jay Report tried to sweep the gay elephant under the rug. The US bishops and the last two popes have ALWAYS known the abuse problem to be a gay problem, but they do not dare expose or correct it fearing the backlash will be too damaging. So as the gay bishops continue to scuttle the Church, they have also rendered it ungovernable.