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Well, a $1.8 million study has concluded that those child-abusing priests that the Catholic hierarchy aided and abetted for lo, these many years are simply put: victims. That’s right. A religion that is predicated on “All have sinned and fall short…” is pointing it’s accusing finger at the drug-addled, sexual revolutionary culture of the sixties for why these men of the cloth felt up little girls and bugger teenage boys. Funny, but Jesus had a totally different take on this sort of thing. It’s not the exterior things (that mean old culture) that trip us up, it’s are own wicked hearts. “For from the heart come evil thoughts, murder, adultery, all sexual immorality, theft, lying, and slander.” Wow, Jesus, nailed it! This from the New York Times:

A five-year study commissioned by the nation’s Roman Catholic bishops to provide a definitive answer to what caused the church’s sexual abuse crisis has concluded that neither the all-male celibate priesthood nor homosexuality were to blame.

Instead, the report says, the abuse occurred because priests who were poorly prepared and monitored, and were under stress, landed amid the social and sexual turmoil of the 1960s and ’70s.

Known occurrences of sexual abuse of minors by priests rose sharply during those decades, the report found, and the problem grew worse when the church’s hierarchy responded by showing more care for the perpetrators than the victims.

The “blame Woodstock” explanation has been floated by bishops since the church was engulfed by scandal in the United States in 2002 and by Pope Benedict XVI after it erupted in Europe in 2010.

But this study is likely to be regarded as the most authoritative analysis of the scandal in the Catholic Church in America. The study, initiated in 2006, was conducted by a team of researchers at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York City at a cost of $1.8 million. About half was provided by the bishops, with additional money contributed by Catholic organizations and foundations. The National Institute of Justice, the research agency of the United States Department of Justice, supplied about $280,000.

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