The Church’s child abuse crisis

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In summary, most priest abusers — I would expect from my work with abused children (many years ago) — are not gay. They are heterosexual men who, like all abusers, are treating their victims like objects. And objects don’t have a gender.

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2 Responses to The Church’s child abuse crisis

  1. Paul M. says:

    How does working with victims of abuse make you certain that you know about the inclinations of the abusers themselves? Do you also have extensive experience interviewing the predators? Also, is it not possible that the crisis with homosexual priests and abusing priests do not fit the mold that you are describing for a more general societal problem?

    • Ron Conte says:

      I met quite a few abusers, and I had information from the family therapists and psychiatrists. Every patient’s situation was discussed in a weekly meeting with all the therapists, psychologists, and psychiatrists present, along with the floor staff (including me). I did not interview the abusers, only the children and sometimes a parent.

      I don’t see how it would be possible for priests who are abusers to be any different. Priests come from the laity. This means that, among the Mass-going laity, there are probably a fair number of abusers. And for the priests who have been caught abusing kids, I don’t see any pattern that they are mostly gay men, or that they have sexual relationships with adult men as well.

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