Separating Facts About Clergy Abuse From Fiction
Thomas G. Plante Ph.D., ABPP
From *Psychology Today" Aug 23, 2018
Four Important Facts to Keep in Mind
1) No empirical data exists that suggests that Catholic clerics sexually abuse minors at a level higher than clerics from other religious traditions or from other groups of men who have ready access and power over children (e.g., school teachers, coaches).
2) Clerical celibacy doesn’t cause pedophilia and sexual crimes against minors.
3) Homosexual clerics aren’t the cause of pedophilia in the Church.
4) The Church has used best practices to deal with this issue since 2002.
If we as a community pride ourselves on being fact based, why do we keep promoting the nonfactual notion of sexual abuse being endemic to the christian church to the point of criticizing it's adherents based on this view?
This is not a defense of pedo priests.
This is not a defense of the christian church.
This is a test to see if facts can really sway atheists and agnostics, we who pride ourselves in being able to be swayed by facts.