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Accused Pennsylvania priest predators preyed mostly on teen boys: analysis

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ANALYSIS

August 17, 2018, (LifeSiteNews) – A LifeSiteNews analysis of the scathing  Pennsylvania Grand Jury Report reveals that the vast majority of reported sexual predator priests were homosexuals, most of whom preyed on teenage boys. 

Nearly three-quarters of the offending priests were homosexual, while only about a quarter were heterosexual.  

Fewer than than 3% of their victims were adults, and of those, most were young seminarians.

The numbers strongly suggest that the sexual abuse crisis within the U.S. Catholic Church stems from homosexuality, not pedophilia. 

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The biggest target group for the abusers was teenagers.  Over three-quarters of the abusive priests were pederasts.  Of those, one fifth (21%) chose adolescent girls as their victims while four-fifths (79%) chose adolescent boys.

Contrary to a popular notion about predator priests, only seventeen percent (17%) of the offenders could be categorized as pedophiles, of which roughly two thirds (⅔) were homosexual and one third (⅓) were heterosexual. 

Over the years, Pennsylvania’s altar boy population seems to have provided the biggest and most easily accessible pool of potential victims according to a review of the nearly three hundred documented cases included in the 900 page Grand Jury Report.

These statistics which have emerged from the Pennsylvania Grand Jury Report are remarkably in line with 2004’s John Jay Study commissioned by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) which was national in scope.  That study found that 81% of victims of sexual abuse by priests were male and 78% of those were postpubescent.  

Pennsylvania’s Attorney General delivers mixed signals, ignores the obvious

Despite the fact that the Grand Jury investigation revealed that the vast majority of victims had been boys, Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro filled the stage with mostly female victims as props for Wednesday’s televised news conference.  

In the end, the optics of the national media event didn’t jive with the content of the massive report, especially since the AG also avoided pointing his finger at the disproportionate number of unchaste homosexual priests as the main source of scandal for the Roman Catholic Church in Pennsylvania.

Investigative journalist George Neumayr who was present at AG Shapiro’s press conference offered valuable insight on this via Facebook:

The vibe yesterday at the Harrisburg press conference was very odd. Attorney General Josh Shapiro, an LGBT-backed Democrat, stacked the victims' dais with female, not male, victims, even though most of the victims are male. I don't think the composition of Shapiro's dais was an accident. He does not want the public to see this scandal for what it largely is: a product of a very sick Gay Mafia in the Church that overlooks the homosexual pederasty of the Cardinal McCarricks.

Shapiro’s downplaying of the preponderance of homosexual abuse may have been a political calculation, possibly meant to avoid offending his many gay Democrat donors.

Speaking in more general terms, Shapiro said, “Predators in every diocese weaponized the Catholic faith, and used it as a tool of their abuse.”

And yet, “Victims were brushed aside in every part of the state by church leaders who preferred to protect the abusers and their institutions above all,” said Shapiro.

Documentary evidence from a 1963 case in the diocese of Scranton reveals horrific treatment of a young victim.  The Monsignor handling the case wrote to the parents of the teenage boy, assigning him a share of the blame for his victimization, saying “after all[,] your son was over the age of reason.”

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Doug Mainwaring

Doug Mainwaring is a journalist for LifeSiteNews, an author, and a marriage, family and children's rights activist.  He has testified before the United States Congress and state legislative bodies, originated and co-authored amicus briefs for the United States Supreme Court, and has been a guest on numerous TV and radio programs.  Doug and his family live in the Washington, DC suburbs.