A new study suggests the Catholic priest abuse scandal isn't about pedophilia, but about rampant homosexuality within that church.
The Ruth Institute pulled the numbers together from several agencies that have been tracking the scandal, as well as from statistics gathered by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops and the detailed 1,100-page report issued by the Pennsylvania attorney general. The study shows:
- A disturbing recent increase in the number of sexual incidents reported since 2010; and
- A strong correlation between the percentage of self-described homosexuals in the Catholic priesthood and the incidence of sexual abuse of minors by the clergy.
"There was a very strong correlation between the growth of homosexual men in the priesthood from the 1950s through the 1980s and the growth in sex abuse," study author Father Paul Sullins further explains. In the 1950s, he says, about three percent of Catholic priests were homosexual; by the 1980s, that proportion had risen to over 16 percent.
"It was about eight times the proportion of homosexual men as there are in the general population," he tells OneNewsNow. "That led to a unique environment where the Catholic priesthood became, in a way, more homosexual-friendly than heterosexual-friendly."
The network of "gay" priests and Catholic authorities goes all the way to the Vatican, according to several sources. It's known to some as the "Lavender Mafia." High-ranking Vatican emissary archbishop Carlo Vigano has even accused the pope himself in the cover-up.
Sullins says the abuse will continue until the Roman Catholic Church stands up to pressure inside and outside its walls to whitewash the homosexual connection. "I think the first thing we need to do is to recognize what the problem is – and that having homosexual men in the priesthood to the extent that we did and may still do is part of the problem," he states.
Ruth Institute founder and president Dr. Jennifer Roback Morse agrees, saying that certain issues surrounding the decades-old scandal must be "confronted with an uncompromising commitment to learning the truth wherever it leads us – even if that truth is politically incorrect."