Wednesday, June 8, 2011

John Jay Study - Another Failed Damage Control Effort

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops commissioned the John Jay College of Criminal Justice to study the clergy sex abuse problem.  The study is released and published on the USCCB website.

It should surprise no one that this study does not acknowledge any correlation between gay clergy and this crisis - despite the fact that 90% of the victims were post pubescent males.  They ignore the proverbial elephant in the living room, in deference to political correctness; they've learned nothing over the years, and I'll elaborate on that later.  Just bear in mind that the USCCB funded this study.

This glaring omission was not overlooked by too many people.  Bill Donohue, president of the Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights, wrote a commentary that appeared in the National Catholic Register.  In it he skewers the lack of logic behind the JJ's - and the USCCB's - denial of the responsibility of gay clergy.  He does so by pointing out how the study contradicts itself.  Please read it.

Now I direct your attention to an article penned by Brian Clowse of Human Life International last year.  Why is that relevant?  It is VERY relevant because a friend of mine just posted this article to the USCCB's facebook page: and subsequently found himself banned from that page!  That is NOT a coincidence!

Earlier I promised elaboration on my "elephant in the living room" point.  Here it is.  Several years ago, shortly after the sex scandals became public news, the Archdiocese of Washington announced a series of "dialog sessions" to discuss the crisis and what the diocese was doing about it.  They announced that their first meeting would be held at St Raphael's in Rockville.  So I, and many others, attended.  It was basically a panel discussion, with the panel being various folks chosen by the Archdiocese; I cannot remember the composition of that panel.  At any rate, they too tried to downplay the correlation between homosexuality and the abuse crisis.  During the question-and-answer session, they quickly learned that we would not let them get away with that, well, bovine excretement.  We could see on the panel members' faces that they were expecting us to be docile and naive, and were almost afraid when we didn't live down to their hopes.  Thus ended the first - and last - "dialog session".

I'll end this post with a Vortex perspective on the John Jay study.  Click here if you can't see embedded video.

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