18 May 2011

Pay No Attention to That Man behind the Curtain

A friend wrote to ask my take on the New York Times article about the USCCB-commissioned study about the causes of the abuse crisis.  No need to reinvent the wheel-- I can adopt, verbatim, the following post from Rorate Caeli:

Missing anything?

Church Report Cites Social Tumult in Priest Scandals
Published: May 17, 2011

A five-year study commissioned by the nation's Roman Catholic bishops to provide a definitive answer to what caused the church's sexual abuse crisis has concluded that neither the all-male celibate priesthood nor homosexuality were to blame.

Instead, the report says, the abuse occurred because priests who were poorly prepared and monitored, and were under stress, landed amid the social and sexual turmoil of the 1960s and '70s.

Known occurrences of sexual abuse of minors by priests rose sharply during those decades, the report found, and the problem grew worse when the church's hierarchy responded by showing more care for the perpetrators than the victims.

The "blame Woodstock" explanation has been floated by bishops since the church was engulfed by scandal in the United States in 2002 and by Pope Benedict XVI after it erupted in Europe in 2010.
"Woodstock"? We seem to remember that another event, of great "ecclesial" significance, took place at that same time period. Any guesses?


Mary's slave said...

Its heartening to see, not a blame game but an earnest desire to see to the root of the problem is guiding these enquiries.

I am sure it will bear fruit.

Anonymous said...

Oh! Oh! I know! Banning prayer in public schools!

Anonymous said...

This response was clearly penned by the same brave souls that helped Newt explain why he cheated on his ex-wives.

"Woodstock, yeah, that's the ticket!"

Anonymous said...

Why am I not surprised that a trend of sexual turmoil and stress have been cited as reasons for the sexual abuse perpetrated by the clergy? From one who was sexually abused and received not even an apology, I think the Church needs to dig a bit deeper!