Originally posted on May 31, 2013
Bill Donohue, president of the Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights, thinks the media has a double standard when it comes to clergy abuse:
There is no organization in the nation today that has less of a problem with sexual abuse of minors than the Catholic church. But one would never know that by listening to late-night talk show hosts, and the likes of Bill Maher. They would have the audience believe that nothing has changed. To top things off, the media often fail to adequately report on this problem in the non-Catholic population.
Other people have played the “they do it, too” card, but before I get to that I want to address Donohue’s claim that sexual abuse in the Catholic church is “practically nonexistent in the Catholic church today.” In the article, Donohue writes:
The timeline for the lion’s share of abuse cases is not in doubt: the mid-1960s to the mid-1980s. This was when the sexual revolution hit our culture like a tidal wave, engulfing even Catholic seminaries; it ended soon after the discovery of AIDS in 1981.
Donohue likely got that idea from the John Jay College of Criminal Justice studies released in 2011 concerning sexual violence in the Catholic church. The first dealt with the nature of the abuse, and the second dealt with the cause. As I noted in my post about the second study, the researchers concluded that cultural changes at that time (the 1960s and 1970s) led to an increase in abuse, yet they offered no evidence supporting that conclusion. They listed other cultural issues as well, but presented no proof coming directly from offending priests. Continue reading