US Catholic Church Study blames ‘Swingin’ Sixties’ for the rise in sexual abuse.

It has been reported by a study recently released by the Roman Catholic Church that the swinging sixties are to blame for the rise in sexual misconduct by the priesthood.


Karen Terry, a lead researcher into the abuse within the Catholic Church stated that it was the socio political vibe at the time which contributed significantly to sexual abuse within theĀ confinesĀ of the Church,

the increased deviance in society at large intersected with the vulnerabilties of some priests

She has also said that celibacy was not a cause for sexual misconduct, and that

Less than 5% of the abusive priests could be defined as paedophiles because the majority of victims were aged between 11 and 14. There’s no indication in our data that priests are any more likely to abuse children than anyone else in society.

I’m sorry. But I thought this report was meant to carry intelligence with it…

  1. The Bible clearly states that there is to be no sexual conduct like this
  2. These priests had consciouses
  3. Who would even think of blaming an era on theĀ despicableĀ actions by clergy in a position of trust?
  4. Trying to makeĀ figuresĀ and stats look better by saying less than 5% of abuse wasĀ pedophiliaĀ because the children were between 11 and 14 is a BAD idea. Last time I checked, having sex with anyone under 16 (18 without consent) was child abuse. Actually, it is ILLEGAL to have sex with anyone under the age of 18 if you are in a position of trust e.g a clergyman. (Thank you James Henley for correcting this!)

I just cannot believe all this. Matters just seem to go from bad to worse, and it’s time the Christian Community spoke out against such things properly. Where are the decent apologies, where is the action?

No report is going to sort out the trauma that victims suffered under some un-vetted clergymen who couldn’t keep their hands to themselves. Let’s hope that the Church as a whole can put this right.

Obviously the majority of churches aren’t committing suchĀ abominableĀ crimes, but it’s always the ‘few’ who spoil things. I’m personally sorry for the bad stigma that these sort of issues give to people who aren’t Christians who read this blog.

What are your comments on the study?


Dean Roberts

Dean is a Minister in the Anglican Church. Currently he is Curate in the parishes of Bedwas, Machen, Michaelston-y-Fedw and Rudry in South Wales. He was born and bred in Wales, is married to Megan, and has two dogs called Taliesin and Melyn, and two cats named Sinsir and HĆ¢f. He graduated from Cardiff University with a BA Hons. in Theology & Religious Studies, and has studied for an MA in Theology, Ministry & Mission at Trinity College Bristol. He also holds a Cert.RSCM from the Royal School of Church Music. He loves playing music, walking, reading, blogging and horse riding as well as going to the cinema and theatre. Read More @

  • Age of consent for someone in a ‘position of trust’ with a young person (eg. their priest) is 18 regardless of consent.

    • My goodness! Of course… which makes it even worse!