The Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights ran a full-page ad headlined “Straight Talk About The Catholic Church” in Monday’s New York Times that used the Boston Globe to further its clergy-abuse enabling efforts.
When the Boston Globe exposed massive wrongdoing in the Boston Archdiocese in 2002, Catholics were understandably angry. And when more horror stories surfaced elsewhere, we were furious. But now our anger is turning on those who are distorting the truth about priestly sexual abuse. That some are exploiting this issue for ideological and financial profit seems plain.
Yeah – as plain as the Catholic League’s exploiting this issue for its own ideological and financial profit.
Regardless, the ad proceeds to say this:
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. 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). The Boston Globe correctly said of the John Jay report that “more than three-quarters of the victims were post pubescent, meaning the abuse did not meet the clinical definition of pedophilia.” In other words, the issue is homosexuality, not pedophilia.
In other other words, significant numbers of Catholic priests aren’t pedophiles. Just predators.
The hardworking staff looks forward to the Globe’s outraged response at being used this way by a sexual-abuse apologist.