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Pedophile Priest Study Published

Surfers, the news is out and it is hard to defend the Bishop’s conclusion. If you have not read the results of the John Jay College study, you might want to become familiar with it.

I know that I have been critical of the Bishops in the past, but this study stepped right into a big steaming pile. One of the biggest indicators that the study was manipulated is the definition of prepubescent children.

The focus of pedophilia is sexual activity with a child. Many courts interpret this reference to age to mean children under the age of 18. Most mental health professionals, however, confine the definition of pedophilia to sexual activity with prepubescent children, who are generally age 13 or younger.

Read more: Pedophilia – children, causes, DSM, functioning, therapy, adults, person, people

The [John Jay College] researchers define pedophilia as abuse of anyone 10 or under, and by that definition, only 22 percent of the cases fall in that category. But McKiernan notes that the American Psychiatric Association puts the line at anyone under 14… “And in fact,” McKiernan says, “when you draw the line in the correct place, it turns out that 60 percent of the victims were aged 13 or younger. In other words, 60 percent of the victims were victims of pedophile abuse.”

Terence McKiernan runs a watchdog group called so he is not an unbiased professional. He has a vested interest in ensuring the Bishops take the maximum effort to resolve this problem. That is why, in my opinion, this is the biggest indicator that the Bishops are not taking this pedophile problem seriously. Why didn’t the Bishops take the maximum age of 17? Some courts go as high as 17, why not the Bishops? They could have just left the age at 13 if they wanted to take the middle road. Nobody would have faulted the study for going with 13. To do less calls for the integrity of the data to be challenged. How do you justify the age of 10?

It is my hope that the experience of the Church in the United States, as illustrated in this study, might help serve as a model, not only for the Church in other countries, but for all of society which is still learning how to deal with the awful problem of abuse
-Archbishop Dolan

Not to say that Dolan is not sincere, but should this study really be a good model for all of society?

The prognosis of successfully ending pedophilic habits among persons who practice pedophilia is not favorable. Pedophiles have a high rate of recidivism; that is, they tend to repeat their acts often over time…The main method for preventing pedophilia is avoiding situations that may promote pedophilic acts. Children should never be allowed to in one-on-one situations with any adult other than their parents or trustworthy family members. Having another youth or adult as an observer provides some security for all concerned. Conferences and other activities can be conducted so as to provide privacy while still within sight of others.

Read more: Pedophilia – children, causes, DSM, functioning, therapy, adults, person, people

I don’t think the Bishops have a willingness to face the reality of this pedophile Priest problem. What do you think?


About neodecaussade

I am a Roman Catholic quester. You will find that I have scripture based academic interests. You will discover that I am a conservative Catholic but I am also prone to heterodox tendencies. I am versed in highly pietistic traditionalist practices but I am not a traditionalist. I am interested in entering a discussion on the future of the Roman Catholic Church. I would like to have a role in discussing how the future Church will be shaped.

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