The new great bishop has the right to link abuse to homosexuality
The newly elected president of the United States Conference of Bishops (USCCB) is right to link clerical sexual abuse to homosexuality, says Catholic League President Bill Donohue.
Archbishop Timothy Broglio was pilloried by the Catholic left this week over statements pointing to the preponderance of male victims of clerical sexual abuse, but he shouldn’t be intimidated because he’s right, writes Donohue, holder of a doctorate in sociology and published an authoritative study on clerical abuse.
At a press conference following his election this week to lead the USCCB, Bishop Broglio was asked if he stands by a comment he made in 2018 that the clerical sexual abuse crisis in the United States United was “directly linked to homosexuality” and it did not back down, notes Dr. Donohue.
“What Broglio said is undeniably true,” Donohue writes, despite the lies of those “who persist in promoting the myth that homosexuality has nothing to do with child sexual abuse.”
A 2011 study from the John Jay College of Criminal Justice found that 81% of clergy abuse victims in the United States were male, and the vast majority of them were post-pubescent, notes Donohue, an indisputable fact. explored in depth in his 2021 book. The Truth About Clergy Sexual Abuse: Clarifying the Facts and Causes.
Although many abusive priests do not identify as “gay”, the fact remains that the vast majority of the abuse was, in fact, homosexual in nature.
The real mistake was to label the abuse “paedophilia,” Donohue observes, since less than 4 percent of incidents fit that description.
“While self-identity is an interesting subjective phenomenon, it is no substitute for objective reality. The fact is that the clergy sex abuse crisis was overwhelmingly caused by gay priests, and attempts to deny this truth are intellectually dishonest,” says Donohue.
The intermediate variable between homosexuality and sexual abuse of minors is immaturity, asserts Donohue, since homosexuals are more likely to be “emotionally and sexually immature”.
Freud attributed homosexuality to “a certain arrest in sexual development” and John Jay scholars themselves observed that many of the accused priests cited their own immaturity as a factor.
“Bishop Broglio was right in 2018 and he is right today. He has nothing to back down. It is his ill-informed critics who must do it,” Donohue concludes.