If celibacy is the cause, why do non-celibates have the problem?


September 14, 2017

By Phil Lawler

In Australia, two former Catholic priests have released a report saying that the root causes of sexual abuse by Catholic priests are—the things the two ex-priests don’t like about the Catholic Church. Since what they don’t like about the Catholic Church matches what the secular media don’t like, their report will enjoy plenty of publicity, regardless of its scientific rigor (or lack of same).

Without reading the full report, however, one can make a few observations:

Anglican priests are not bound by a rule of celibacy. Nevertheless the rate of abuse by Anglican priests in Australia is the same as the rate among Catholic priests.

The mayors of 50 different American cities have been accused of sexual abuse of minors. Mayors are not bound by celibacy.

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