Jay: Not Gay; Right: No Way

Looks like the Jay Study, long interpreted and misinterpreted by self-styled orthodoxy has landed in the doghouse. Check out the commentariats here (Give ’em hell, Crystal) and here.

Secrecy is entwined with addiction, especially the sex addictions. Secrecy enables people to split their lives, to put the virtuous in one compartment and the shadows and indulgences in another. But secrecy is also entwined with the way the Catholic hierarchy works. It will be an extremely difficult extraction for the Vatican and the bishops. The best thing lay people can do is remain vigilant for their own children and watchful of child-adult interactions in the social groups in which they participate. Abusers can sniff out those less diligent about protection and worm their way in. Watch for the warning signs, and don’t let your ideology blind you to the possibilities.


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Todd lives in the Pacific Northwest, serving a Catholic parish as a lay minister.
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2 Responses to Jay: Not Gay; Right: No Way

  1. crystal says:

    I doubt the results of the study will make any difference in the way the church treats gays, sadly.

  2. David D. says:

    Just two impressions:

    1. Whatever the yet to be released report may or may not say about sexual identity and the incidence of clerical abuse, I don’t understand why anyone would rejoice in finding a correlation between the two.

    2. The report apparently cites the surge in priestly vocations in the 40’s and 50’s and the Church’s lack of preparedness for that surge as contributing factors to the crisis. In an era of dwindling Mass attendance, declining vocations and parish closures, many do look upon the 40’s and 50’s as a “Golden Age” of sorts without considering the many challenges posed by the burgeoning American church of that time period. I’ve heard of one city parish the boundaries of which were essentially coterminous with a state legislative district. At its peak, 16 Sunday Masses were offered to serve its 20,000 members while its school had an enrollment of nearly 4000. Despite this, there was another large parish with its own school a mere 10 blocks away. Neither parish existed some 50 years earlier. That sort of explosive growth is bound to cause some serious trouble.

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