New Report Outrages Sex Abuse Victims

Action 3 News
May 18, 2011

Washington, D.C. - A new report on Catholic clergy sex abuse blames the sexual revolution of the 1960s for the scandal that rocked the Catholic church. But, that has some support groups for victims upset.

The US conference of Catholic Bishops says the sex abuse scandal that rocked the Catholic Church was not caused by homosexuality, celibacy or an all-male priesthood. Instead, researchers say the abuse happened largely because priests weren't ready to handle the social and sexual changes that happened in 1960's.

This is the third study the church ordered. It took researchers 5-years to finish and cost almost 2-million dollars. The bishops were one of the main founders.

Victim support groups are quick to criticize the findings. They're pointing fingers at the bishops who they say turned a blind eye. Abuse victim Becky Annie says, "The bishops certainly knew that abusing a young child was illegal." Becky Annie claims a priest abused her when she was a child living in Virginia. Annie is among more than 15,700 people who have filed claims of abuse since 1950. But, the church point outs new cases of abuse dropped sharply, in the 1990s.

US dioceses have spent nearly 3-billion dollars handling the clergy abuse scandal, on everything from legal bills to child safety programs.


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