Maureen Mullarkey
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Friday, Maureen Mullarkey writes: Pedophilia Isn’t The Main Problem With Catholic Priests, Homosexuality Is. Included in this diatribe is this (it is the only part that I will quote):

With few exceptions, sexual abuse by priests has been visited overwhelmingly upon pubescent boys, and young men, most often teenagers. This is pederasty, not pedophilia. And pederasty is endemic to gay culture. (For an unsparing indictment of that culture by a gay man, read Jason Hill’s “Loveless, Narcissistic Sex Addicts” in The Federalist.)

No, pederasty is not endemic to gay culture

The majority of those abused in the United States (51%) were between 11 and 14 years-of-age. Another 16% were between eight and 10 and 7% were seven or younger.  Many of the abusers are pedophiles. Pedophiles are often indifferent to the sex of their victims.

Claiming that gay men pose a threat to children is a favorite narrative of anti-gay bigots and it simply is not true. Neither crime statistics nor research support what is nothing more than a smear. Do men who lust after their babysitters depict heterosexual culture?

As for Jason Hill, his self-loathing take on gay culture reflects his dismal and lonely world. Hill is a conflicted religious conservative. Mr. Hill’s community is not my community. In my world people are not defined by their sexual orientation.

We gay people are from every walk of like, every economic strata, every religion, every political persuasion and represent every possible point in the intellect spectrum. We are successful. We are failures. Some of us are corporate presidents. Others serve people at Starbucks. Still others are hopelessly unemployed. We are married. We are single. Some gay men like chubby men. Some gay men like hairy men. Some gay men like older men. Some gay men like younger men. Some of us are nice. Others are schmucks. What we are not are child molesters.

Pederast and pedophile priests:

Many conservative Catholics and their outlets have expressed the idea that gay people are to blame for the abuse scandals in the Church. There is enough of it to respond to daily. I do not because I want to express more diversity in scope. People are eager to blame, … someone or some group. The Church, according to them, is at fault for allowing gay men into the priesthood. Eliminate the gays and the child abuse will go away.

I could not care less about Church policy. What I do care about is idiots like Ms. Mullarkey making outrageous and bigoted claims about gay people in general.

I am not a sociologist but I do know (or at least think I know) that the Church’s scandals are unique. This kind of abuse on this scale does not exist elsewhere. I am not a psychologist but I know (or at least think I know) that many, if not most, priests have undeveloped sexuality. My hypothesis is that young boys have more contact with priests than young girls. The boys become targets of opportunity for horny men who have no other outlet.

Some of the abuse does involve young girls. The disparity (many more boys abused than girls) might relate to a disparity in contact (much of the abuse seems to involve altar boys).

The Church needs to hire some secular social scientists to analyze all of the data that they have. They did this in 2004 and again in 2011. However, studying the problem does not solve the problem.  Both of the above links once worked. They are now dead.

Central to the abuse is the fact that the Church hierarchy tried to solve this problem by moving priests around rather than dismissing them outright. I do not know why the Church was so determined to keep perverts as priests.

One thing that I know for certain is that openly gay men do not molest under-age boys. In claiming that gay men are predisposed to be pedarists, Maureen Mullarkey has done violence to the gay community. It is outrageous, irresponsible and ignorant.

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By David Cary Hart

Retired CEO. Formerly a W.E. Deming-trained quality-management consultant. Now just a cranky Jewish queer. Gay cis. He/Him/His.