In a column today in the Toronto Star, Coren states the following:
While most priests would never harm a child, and many are fine men, the culture of enforced celibacy and, forgive me, sexual immaturity, is profoundly damaging. Many experts estimate that perhaps half of all clergy break their vows of celibacy and while their partners may be adults, it creates the need for dishonesty and hiding. The abuser uses this dark insularity to his advantage.
When we mingle this with clericalism, a reverence towards the ordained that prevents criticism, a vehemently all-male and anti-democratic authority structure and a powerful self-defence mechanism it leads to all kinds of problems. Remember, abuse is not only sexual.
These were men who had no business in the priesthood. They came into the priesthood because it put them in close proximity to those whom they could bugger. They engaged in disgusting and vile acts upon Innocent boys mainly between 12 and 17. They were not interested in girls or little pre-pubescent children. They wanted perverted sex with boys and they were HOMOSEXUALS. They were protected for a variety of reasons, all of them wrong. Sometimes, they were protected by bishop who were themselves, sodomites.
The John Jay report shows the following facts for the United States; the results would be similar in Canada:
The John Jay Report stated that 4% of Catholic Priests were accused of child abuse.
(Although only only 5.7% of these were convicted, as an undisclosed number of other cases may have been settled out of court I shall keep to the higher figure of 4%)
Abuse of boys - Of the 4% of Catholic priests who abused children, 81% abused boys. So 3.24% ( ie 4% x 81%) of Catholic priests abused boys. But 16% of US Catholic priests were homosexual. So it appears that 20% of homosexual Catholic priests abused boys.
Abuse of girls - Of the 4% of Catholic priests who abused children, 19% abused girls. So 0.76% (ie 4% x 19%) of Catholic priests abused girls. But 84% of US Catholic priests were heterosexual.
Some abuse was against girls, the overwhelming majority was committed by men against boys. All of it was evil.