And how exactly do you know this to be true ?
Go here: www.psychwww.com...
According to Dr. Thomas Plante of Stanford and Santa Clara University, in his study, "A Perspective on Clergy Sexual Abuse":
"First, the available research (which is quite good now) suggests that approximately 4% of priests during the past half century (and mostly in the
1960s and 1970s) have had a sexual experience with a minor (i.e., anyone under the age of 18).
.....However, although good data is hard to acquire, it appears that this 4% figure is consistent with male clergy from other religious traditions and
is significantly lower than the general adult male population that is best estimated to be closer to 8%. Therefore, the odds that any random Catholic
priest would sexually abuse a minor are not likely to be significantly higher than other males in or out of the clergy.
....Second, 80% of all priests who in fact abuse minors have sexually engaged with adolescent boys not prepubescent children.
.....Third, the vast majority of priests who sexually abuse minors commit their first offense about a year after ordination.
.....Fourth, allowing priests to marry will not eliminate this problem. As mentioned earlier, male clergy from other religious traditions also have
this problem as well as people who are not clergy at all. Many people who sexually abuse minors are married.
......Almost all the cases coming to light today are cases from 30 and 40 years ago. We did not know much about pedophilia and sexual abuse in general
back then. In fact, the vast majority of the research on sexual abuse of minors didn't emerge until the early 1980's. So, it appeared reasonable at
the time to treat these men and then return them to their priestly duties. In hindsight, this was a tragic mistake. It has been estimated that 40
years ago about 23% of male psychotherapists have been sexually involved with their clients. Of course this is no longer true today. Forty years ago
we thought that autism was caused by cold and withholding mothers referred to as the "ice box mother." We can't take what we know in 2010 and apply
it to problems and decisions made in the 1960's and 1970's.
.....Furthermore, 30 years ago, most priests entered seminary during high school, did not participate in a comprehensive psychological evaluation
prior to admission, and had no training in sexuality, maintaining professional boundaries, and impulse control. Advice regarding dealing with sexual
impulses included cold showers and prayer. Today, most applicants to the priesthood are much older (generally in their late 20's or 30's). They
often have had satisfying and appropriate intimate relationships before entering the seminary. They have completed a psychological evaluation that
specifically examines risk factors for sexual problems. They now get good training in sexuality and issues related to managing sexual impulses. It is
not surprising that the majority of the sex-offending priests that we hear about in the press are older. In fact, our research indicates that the
average age of these men are 53."
And what "moral authority" has this bunch of child raping men in skirts ever held ?
Again, you are slandering the priesthood, when, in fact, only a very small percentage of Catholic priests have ever abused children.
Read the facts noted above. This is a problem that is not limited to the Catholic Church - It is a problem among all clergy regardless of their
denomination. Celibacy has nothing to do with this abuse - Most abuse is at the hands of married men, not celibate priests.
It is also a problem from decades ago. Modern priests undergo much closer scrutiny and screening for these issues than they did 50 years ago.
Before you slander the priesthood by calling them a "bunch of child-raping men in skirts", you should think twice. First, the few priests that have
been accused of this crime don't rape children as the article states. Most of the victims were teenagers, not children.
Secondly, you do a disservice to the thousands of good priests who have never laid a hand on a child. Priests who have devoted their entire lives to
working with the poor, the homeless, the aged, the sick.
As far as moral authority, I would simply refer you to the New Testament.
[edit on 30-3-2010 by CookieMonster09]