The Most Comprehensive Indictment Yet of Priestly Sex Abuse: the Pennsylvania Grand Jury Report

The Child Victims

The details of the abuse are in many cases so vile that we have no intention of describing them.  Suffice it to say that whatever people might imagine it to be, the reality is far worse.  It is vileness on a scale which language fails to fully describe.

In addition to the obvious acts of abuse, child pornography collections were made: photographs of children being forced to do humiliating things, even sacrilegious things in Rome’s eyes – to give one example, a young boy being forced to pose naked as if crucified, while priests took photos![3]  These supposedly “holy” men, viewed by their people as being “other Christs”, men able to turn a piece of bread into “Christ” and absolve them for their sins, were openly mocking the very One they falsely claimed to serve – and using children for the purpose!  These are the “holy priests” of Rome!

The report stated: “Most of the victims were boys, but there were girls too.  Some were teens; many were prepubescent.  Some were manipulated with alcohol or pornography… all of them were brushed aside, in every part of the state, by church leaders who preferred to protect the abusers and their institution above all.”

Why is it that most of the victims were boys?  Regardless of whether it was a boy or girl who suffered, the sin was a most terrible one; but why were most victims boys?  We are being told all the time that there is no connection between the abuse of young boys and the fact that at least 40% – 50% of all priests are homosexuals (in fact the percentage is probably much higher); but the fact that most victims are boys proves what a lie this is.  If such a percentage of priests are homosexuals, and most victims of priestly abuse are boys, the connection is beyond dispute.

Even priests know it.  A retired priest, Paul Sullins, in a report for the Ruth Institute, pointed out that studies have found that over 80% of victims of priestly sexual abuse were under-aged boys; that in a survey of over 2000 priests, 44% said there was a homosexual subculture in their diocese or religious institute; and that over half (53%) said that a homosexual subculture existed in the seminary they attended when studying for the priesthood.  In fact, former seminary rector Donald Cozzens wrote that sexually active homosexual groups were at times so dominant in Roman Catholic seminaries that heterosexual men felt they did not fit in, and left![4]

Mistakenly Thinking Rome has Now Changed

Sadly, the grand jury report fell for the lie that things should be much different in the future.  It stated: “We know that the bulk of the discussion in this report concerns events that occurred before the early 2000s.  That is simply because the bulk of the material we received from the dioceses concerned those events.  The information in these documents was previously kept hidden from those whom it most affected.  It is exposed now only because of the existence of this grand jury…. At the same time, we recognize that much has changed over the last fifteen years.  We agreed to hear from each of the six dioceses we investigated so that they could inform us about recent developments in their jurisdictions.  In response, five of the bishops submitted statements to us, and the sixth, the bishop of Erie, appeared before us in person.  His testimony impressed us as forthright and heartfelt.  It appears that the church is now advising law enforcement of abuse reports more promptly.  Internal review processes have been established.  Victims are no longer quite so invisible.”

To this we say: Rome remains the same; her priests remain the same; and therefore it is highly unlikely, to say the very least, that much will change in the future.  This is what will happen: dioceses will, at least for some time while society’s eyes are on them, give the impression of being more transparent, and yes, in some cases actually will be, at least for some time; at least for some time, law enforcement officials will be informed of at least some abuse reports more promptly, but certainly not all; the newly-established review processes will give the impression that children are now safer, and in some cases they will be; but certainly they will never be perfectly safe so long as the Papal system exists, for ways will always be found to circumvent any internal review processes and any tightened-up measures.  Priests will be more cautious than ever, but they will still carry out acts of abuse against children.

These are the things of which we may be certain.  Rome will not change.