Boston Globe A Tool Of Abuse-Defending Catholic League

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.

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3 Responses to Boston Globe A Tool Of Abuse-Defending Catholic League

  1. Michael Pahre says:

    Actually, this line about the activity not being pedophilia has generally been pushed, albeit more quietly, by the Catholic Church itself as well as various archdioceses. The Catholic League is just sticking their neck out more so than the others. The two main arguments that the church itself has quietly repeated are that the scandal in the U.S. mostly involved adolescent sexual abuse, not pedophilia, and that it was mostly homosexual acts (unlike Ireland). Both are repeated in that ad.

    The apologists are nonetheless using statistics in a rather misleading way. While the John Jay report found that a minority of the victims were age 10 or under, that is still 22% of the nearly 11,000 accusations of sexual abuse, which still shows quite a lot of pedophilia accusations (around 2,500) among the lot.

    The Catholic League seems to be splitting hairs, too: isn’t inappropriate sexual touching a form of sexual assault, even if it isn’t rape? If all those priests are accused of sexual assault rather than rape does it make it look any less evil? Most Catholics I know would answer “no” to that question.

    Why doesn’t everyone just call it “sexual abuse of minors” rather than parsing the language?

  2. Tom Dubbe says:

    Tom Dubbe’s book, “Nightmares and Secrets: The Real Story of the 1984 Child Sexual Abuse Scandal in Jordan Minnesota” provides a simple description and explanation of a pedophile. (page 29-31)

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