Catholic group claims children raped by priests were ‘homosexual’ participants, not victims

From Raw Story:

By David Edwards
Tuesday, April 12th, 2011

The anti-gay Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights is going on the attack against “those who are distorting the truth about priestly sexual abuse.”

The group bought an expensive full-page ad in The New York Times Monday that places the blames for the church’s scandals on “homosexuality, not pedophilia.”

And perhaps most shockingly, it also claimed that some children were active participants in the abuse.

“The refrain that child rape is a reality in the Church is twice wrong: let’s get it straight — they weren’t children and they weren’t raped,” self-appointed Catholic League president Bill Donohue wrote in the ad.

“We know from the John Jay study that most of the victims have been adolescents, and that the most common abuse has been inappropriate touching (inexcusable though this is, it is not rape),” he added, referencing a 2004 study by the John Jay College of Criminal Justice, which was funded by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.

Marianne Duddy-Burke, executive director of DignityUSA, a pro-gay Catholic group, told The Advocate that there were “so many problems with what Mr. Donohue is saying.”

She pointed out that Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests (SNAP) figures showed that half of those abused are female.

“He avoids what is in many ways the larger sin — the cover-up and enabling of abuse,” she added.

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2 Responses to “Catholic group claims children raped by priests were ‘homosexual’ participants, not victims”

  1. Susanna Boudrie Says:

    The Catholic church defends pedophilia and should be outlawed!

  2. quenyar Says:

    What I commented when I posted it to Facebook:
    And I don’t care if the priests who preyed on children were gay (the overwhelming majority of priests found guilty of this deny they are or ever were gay) – the central issue here is that the Church did nothing but cover up the incidents. Is this ass saying that it was gay Bishops, Archbishops and Cardinals who managed the cover-ups? People who are pedophiles can have any of several sexual orientations. The two things are not connected, never have been, and never will be. The point is that pedophiles need treatment and part of that treatment is to keep them away from situations where they can prey on children. The Catholic Church leadership did not give these men treatment and did not prevent them from accessing new victims. They did precisely the opposite.

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