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Backgrounder: Clergy Sex Abuse Report (115 KB) Background / printable PDF of web content at http://www.ruthinstitute.org/csa-background (Released on 02-Nov-2018)
To properly understand the sexual abuse scandal in the Catholic Church, certain issues must be confronted with an uncompromising commitment to learning the truth wherever it leads us. In keeping with this commitment, on November 2, 2018, The Ruth Institute released “Is Catholic clergy sex abuse related to homosexual priests?” a new study casting doubt on two widely-held assumptions about clerical sex abuse.
First -- That the problem has been completely controlled by the “Dallas Charter for Child Protection” -- which sets boundaries on interactions between clergy and Church workers and minors -- adopted by the Bishops in 2002. To the contrary, the Ruth Institute study shows a disturbing recent increase in the number of sexual incidents reported since 2010.
Second -- That the abuse problem in the Church has nothing to do with sexual orientation. To the contrary, the Ruth Institute study shows a strong correlation between the percentage of self-described homosexuals in the Catholic priesthood and incidence of sexual abuse of minors by the clergy.
Additionally, this study -- conducted by Fr. Paul Sullins, Ph.D. and published by The Ruth Institute -- is groundbreaking in its use of recently available data.
Ruth Institute President, Dr. Jennifer Roback Morse, Ph.D. said “This groundbreaking study sheds new light on sexual abuse within the Church by putting it in the proper perspective -- one that isn’t politically correct but crucial to understanding the true nature of the scandal.”
Fr. Paul Sullins added: "I am grateful to the Ruth Institute for its foresight and leadership in sponsoring this important research. My report is not the last word on this subject. Hopefully, today's report and the data on which it is based will be the beginning of a deeper discussion on clergy sexual abuse in the Catholic Church."
Fr. Sullins continued: "The data file compiled from the Pennsylvania Grand Jury Report is available at our new webpage dedicated to gathering and analyzing information about the clergy sexual abuse in the Catholic Church. We invite other researchers to take advantage of the opportunity to use this data."
Fr. Sullins’ full report is also available on our website.
The study shows that:
The Ruth Institute is a global non-profit organization equipping Christians to defend their beliefs about the family, to create a culture of lifelong married love. The Ruth Institute has responded to the latest round of clergy sex abuse revelations by encouraging the laity to do two things:
Only by doing both these, can we put an end to the scourge of clergy sexual abuse.
To schedule an interview with Dr. Morse or Fr. Sullins, contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Clergy Sex Abuse Report (943 KB) This report compares previously unexamined measures of the share of homosexual Catholic priests and the incidence and victim gender of minor sex abuse by Catholic priests from 1950 to 2001 to see if the these matters are related. New data from the 2018 Pennsylvania grand jury report are also examined. (Released on 01-Nov-2018)