and the Pedophile Smokescreen
me offer an answer.
journalists purposely mislabel the abusive priests as pedophiles
in order to create a smokescreen; their aim is to obscure the
fact that most of these men are actually predatory homosexuals.
Other journalistsa smaller subsetmerely parrot the
oft repeated phrase pedophile priestwithout
definitional considerationand therefore participate only
inadvertently in this obfuscation.
Im getting ahead of myself. Perhaps we should start with
a basic definition of pedophile. A pedophile is any adult who
has a sexual desire for prepubescent children. Since most of the
offending priests preyed sexually on teenage boys, they are not,
by definition, pedophiles.
significant majority of the sexually abusing priests are actually
pederasts. Pederasts are adult male homosexuals who seek post-pubescent
male minors with whom to act out their sexual inclinations. In
my business of psychology theyre called sexual predators;
in the business of law enforcement theyre called statutory
rapists, or more simply, criminals. But no matter what, theyre
are some additional facts that bear on the subject: First, according
to most published estimates, between 25% and 50% of priests are
homosexual. This figure stands in stark, statistical contrast
to the fact that only about 3% to 5% of the general population
is homosexual. Homosexuals, therefore, disproportionately fill
the ranks of the priesthood. Second, approximately 85% to 95%
of the known sexual abuse perpetrated by priests was against teenage
boys. Since one would statistically predict only 25% to 50% of
the priest molestation cases to be homosexualbased on their
percentages in the total priest populationone is struck
by the fact that these homosexual priests are molesting in much
higher percentages than one would expect, and thus in much higher
percentages than their heterosexual priest counterparts.
homosexuals with whom Ive spoken are not surprised by these
percentages and have frankly acknowledged that a significant number
of gay men, priests or not, do seek out teenage boys as sex
partnersthese men are known in the homosexual community
by various monikers such as chicken-hawks.
an aside, it is interesting to note that those who lambasted the
Boy Scouts for barring openly gay scoutmasters have turned deafeningly
silent since the priest scandal broke. I wonder if thats
because the fears implicit in the Boy Scout regulations now seem
thoroughly reasonable in light of the predatory behavior of far
too many homosexual priests?
let me get back to the issue at handjournalistic truth telling.
Though as many as 95% of the priest molestation cases reported
so far involve homosexuals molesting teenage boys, most journalists
ignore the sexual orientation angle and inaccurately label the
abusive priests as pedophiles. For most, this is not a mistake.
appears that many journalists intentionally use the word pedophile
because it is nonspecific as to sexual preference and thus conceals
the fact that a disproportionately high number of the predatory
priests are homosexual. These journalistswho tend to lean
socially and politically leftwardwant to obscure this fact
because it would be detrimental to the homosexual agenda which
has long contended that homosexuals are no more likely to molest
minors than heterosexualsa claim not true in this instance.
And since most journalists would rather help than harm the homosexual
agenda, they engage in this obfuscation.
journalistsa phrase that should be redundantare suppose
to report the facts without regard to their effectpositive
or negativeon any given agenda. The masking of truth behind
a politically-correct, agenda-driven smokescreen is not only anathema
to the ethics of professional journalism, in this case, it also
jeopardizes our nations young people. If were to solve
the problem of sexually predatory priests, we need a clear view
of what the problem is. And based on what we know so far, the
primary problem is not pedophiles.
©2002 Dr. Trayce Hansen. All rights reserved.