(CNSNews.com) - On Tuesday, the Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights said in a press release that audits of the Catholic Church have consistently found that nearly 8 in 10 victims of sexual abuse by clergy were male and 85 percent of these male victims were post-pubescent, which is usually age 14-16 but can go as high as age 18.
“This report, as well as all previous reports, fails to draw the obvious conclusion: The sex abuse scandal in the Catholic Church has been driven largely by homosexuals,” said the Catholic League, in reference to the new 2016 Annual Report Findings and Recommendations, Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People, released in May 2017.
The report is an annual audit of clergy sexual abuse in the Catholic Church.
In a telephone interview, CNSNews.com asked Dr. Bill Donahue, president of the Catholic League, why this result was not being emphasized by U.S. bishops or the media.
“They’ve been intimidated by the dominant culture,” said Donahue. “They know there’s a serious problem there [with homosexual clergy]… it’s not good politics.”
“There’s nothing in social science literature that says you’re likely to be a predator, if you’re homosexual,” said Donohue. “But most have been homosexuals. There’s a problem.”
In addition, “the latest audit of the Catholic clergy involved in the sexual abuse of minors shows that there were two new substantiated cases made during the period of July 1, 2015 through June 30, 2016 against 52,238 priests and deacons,” the press release stated.
“That comes to .004 percent of the clergy,” said the Catholic League.
The latest audit, covering a year-long period, found that 25 new allegations had been made, two of which were substantiated and eight that are currently being investigated.
The press released concluded by noting that the most recent report “mentions that 16 priests or deacons were returned to ministry over the year the audit was conducted. We need to know more about them ... most important, how are these maligned priests doing now that they have been returned to ministry?”
“These questions are never asked, never mind answered,” said the Catholic League. “True victims of sexual abuse deserve our compassion and aid, but so do priests and deacons who have had their reputations damaged, if not ruined, by false claims.”