Connecting the Dots on Clergy Sexual Abuse

Mar 29, 2007, 01:00 ET from CSRI Books

    FREEPORT, Maine, March 29 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Roman Catholic
 clergy sexual abuse is a complex issue, many believing that it is no
 different than sexual abuse among the general population.
     Scientific research among Priests and Victims indicate sexual abuse by
 clergy perpetrators differs from among the general population in areas of
 age of victims, age of perpetrators, duration of abuse and type of abuse.
 The conclusion presented is that mandatory celibacy which effects "Intense
 Loneliness" among priests can manifest itself in sexual abuse.
     The following scenario is presented in the book The Bingo Report:
 Mandatory celibacy and clergy sexual abuse:
     1. Mandatory celibacy -- the Catholic hierarchy's ultimate control
        strategy over priests, leading to ...
     2. Intense loneliness -- a severe reaction by the majority of priests,
        which may lead to ...
     3. Clergy sexual abuse -- priest perpetrators feeding their intimacy needs
        through victims.
     Bingo's findings about "intense loneliness" were clearly by accident.
 "'Loneliness' was not a question in the Priests' survey, according to
 author Louise Haggett, but resulted in write-ins by 59.3% of priest
 respondents as "additional factors that contribute to priests breaking
 their vows." A surprising 50% of Victim respondents admitted to "emotional
 and biological needs" as a reason for the abuse.
     It, therefore, makes sense to conclude that much of the abuse might
 have been prevented if the "intense loneliness" variable was not present
 among priests; and that it might not have been present except for
 obligatory celibacy. While some believe that "power and control" is a
 cause, it is seen by Haggett as the strategy used and not the cause.
     "Intense Loneliness" is a pathological phenomenon that can lead to low
 self-esteem, substance abuse, crime, suicide and sexual abuse. Until 1994,
 the American Psychiatric Association's manual, Diagnostic and Statistical
 Manual of Mental Disorders-DSM listed Intense Loneliness as a "Differential
 Diagnosis" for Pedophilia. (Intense loneliness discussed here differs from
 a grieving survivor of a spousal relationship where mortality or divorce
 takes place, not considered psychiatric disorder.)
     Not all priests are lonely and not all priests are sexual perpetrators.
 However, only 2% are known to have the charism (gift) of celibacy (Sipe,
 1990) and over 30,000 have left clerical ministry in the last 30 years --
 90% to marry. More information and a bibliography are available at
 http://members.aol.com/lhaggett or csri99@aol.com. The Bingo Report is also
 available at amazon.com.
 
 

SOURCE CSRI Books
    FREEPORT, Maine, March 29 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Roman Catholic
 clergy sexual abuse is a complex issue, many believing that it is no
 different than sexual abuse among the general population.
     Scientific research among Priests and Victims indicate sexual abuse by
 clergy perpetrators differs from among the general population in areas of
 age of victims, age of perpetrators, duration of abuse and type of abuse.
 The conclusion presented is that mandatory celibacy which effects "Intense
 Loneliness" among priests can manifest itself in sexual abuse.
     The following scenario is presented in the book The Bingo Report:
 Mandatory celibacy and clergy sexual abuse:
     1. Mandatory celibacy -- the Catholic hierarchy's ultimate control
        strategy over priests, leading to ...
     2. Intense loneliness -- a severe reaction by the majority of priests,
        which may lead to ...
     3. Clergy sexual abuse -- priest perpetrators feeding their intimacy needs
        through victims.
     Bingo's findings about "intense loneliness" were clearly by accident.
 "'Loneliness' was not a question in the Priests' survey, according to
 author Louise Haggett, but resulted in write-ins by 59.3% of priest
 respondents as "additional factors that contribute to priests breaking
 their vows." A surprising 50% of Victim respondents admitted to "emotional
 and biological needs" as a reason for the abuse.
     It, therefore, makes sense to conclude that much of the abuse might
 have been prevented if the "intense loneliness" variable was not present
 among priests; and that it might not have been present except for
 obligatory celibacy. While some believe that "power and control" is a
 cause, it is seen by Haggett as the strategy used and not the cause.
     "Intense Loneliness" is a pathological phenomenon that can lead to low
 self-esteem, substance abuse, crime, suicide and sexual abuse. Until 1994,
 the American Psychiatric Association's manual, Diagnostic and Statistical
 Manual of Mental Disorders-DSM listed Intense Loneliness as a "Differential
 Diagnosis" for Pedophilia. (Intense loneliness discussed here differs from
 a grieving survivor of a spousal relationship where mortality or divorce
 takes place, not considered psychiatric disorder.)
     Not all priests are lonely and not all priests are sexual perpetrators.
 However, only 2% are known to have the charism (gift) of celibacy (Sipe,
 1990) and over 30,000 have left clerical ministry in the last 30 years --
 90% to marry. More information and a bibliography are available at
 http://members.aol.com/lhaggett or csri99@aol.com. The Bingo Report is also
 available at amazon.com.
 
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