Coat of Arms of
Bishop John R. Gaydos
Diocese of Jefferson City, Mo.
threats, or violence to have sexual
contact with another person, it is
called rape. But when the victimized
is a child, people often use a less
offensive phrase: child molestation
or sexual abuse. When a child is
molested by a relative, the crime is
further minimized by the term incest.
sexual act. Sexual abuse is an
expression of power, compulsiveness,
a desire for control, or an act of
vengeance, which often is masked
as an act of love.
before the age of 16;
under the age of six;
and sexual assault are children under the age
of 12; and
(including assaults on adults) are children ages
17 or younger.
knows and trusts the person who commits the abuse;
with a victim aged 12 or younger;
victim is under the age of 12 is ever reported to
the police; and
each year; 38 percent of those children die before
their first birthday.
Rev. Benedict Groeschel
Word Television Network (EWTN)
constellation of so-called spiritual
leaders. Groeschel also stated
pedophile priests should not be jailed
because their “intention was not
[to commit] a crime.”
(an EWTN subsidiary):
breakdown, and a youngster comes after
him. A lot of the cases, the youngster —
14, 16, 18 — is the seducer.”
Dr. Jeff Gardere
nearly 40 years at the Trinity Retreat
House in the New York suburb of
Larchmont. Groeschel created the
pedophile haven at the direction of
the archbishop at the time, Terence J.
Cardinal Cooke. The pedophile priest
unit was closed in 2006, according to
the Archdiocese of New York.
Those victimized by predatory priests
have found champions willing to defend
the indefensible. We only have to the
look the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP) and Anderson Cooper, who reports frequently on issues of bullying, child sexual abuse, and child wellness. We also have medical professionals who understand the issue and readily condemned those who quibble, carp, and generate disinformation.
you may have had a hard day. The fact is, for
you to say something like that tells me that
there are much, much deeper issues going on
with you as an individual to try to justify
something that is so horrific, that has destroyed
the lives of so many children.”
they intellectualize the relationship and convince
themselves that the child wants [a sexual encounter].”
John W. Money, M.D.
non-medical term of ephebophilia to minimize the damage inflicted on children
by predatory priests; Paul R. McHugh, who also blames victims of childhood sexual abuse, citing his so-called theory of False Memory Syndrome (he also likes to compare sexual molestation to the false testimony used to convict witches at Salem, Mass.); and attorney Judith Reisman, a member of law faculty at Jerry Falwell’s Liberty University, to gild their criminal conduct with a veneer of academic legitimacy: our child predators of ephebophiles (not pedophiles). In 1993, when the pedophile priest scandal erupted again, the American bishops, formed the InterFaith Sexual Trauma Institute at St. John’s Abbey and University to gloss the nature of these crimes against children.
Frederick S. Berlin, M.D.
who becomes the mere target for
uncontrolled lust and rage.
Judith Reisman, J.D.
parents, and loved ones harmed by
(30 March 1963) for the Diocese of Jefferson City coincides with resignation as the bishop of Palm Beach on 8 March 2002. The irony is fortunate: one that now offers an opportunity the re-examine certain events that span the 60-year-history of this particular branch of the Catholic Church in the Middle West.
Paul R. McHugh, M.D.
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