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John Jay Study Finds No Link Between Homosexuality and Abuse of Minors by Catholic Priests

A new John Jay College of Criminal Justice study, called “The Causes and Context of Sexual Abuse of Minors by Catholic Priests in the United States, 1950-2010,” finds no connection between homosexuality and Catholic priest abuse of minors, debunking a major talking point of Catholic Church defenders like Bill Donohue.

Says the study: Johnjay

[T]he researchers found no statistical evidence that gay priests were more likely than straight priests to abuse minors—a finding that undermines a favorite talking point of many conservative Catholics. The disproportionate number of adolescent male victims was about opportunity, not preference or pathology, the report states.

What’s more, researchers note that the rise in the number of gay priests from the late 1970s onward actually corresponded with “a decreased incidence of abuse—not an increased incidence of abuse.”

So what were the reasons?

...emotionally immature and psychologically maladjusted men entering seminaries; the difficulty of dealing with cultural upheaval in which priests found themselves in the 1960s and 1970s; as well as, again, the issue of proximity--young men and boys were abused because priests were more likely to be working with them, rather than with young women and girls.  But simply put, being a homosexual priest does not make one an abusive priest.

John Jay Report: On Not Blaming Homosexual Priests [america, the national catholic weekly]


Catholic League's Bill Donohue Reviews Lady Gaga's 'Judas' Video

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The Catholic League's Bill Donohue, who had the vapors over Lady Gaga's video "Judas" before even seeing it, wasn't that offended.

He gives it two snaps up in a cross formation:

In her "Judas" video, Lady Gaga plays fast and loose with Catholic iconography, and generates several untoward statements, but she typically dances on the line without going over it. Perhaps that is because the video is a mess. Incoherent, it leaves the viewer more perplexed than moved. The faux-baptismal scene is a curious inclusion, as is her apparent fondness for the Jesus character. But if anyone thinks the Catholic League is going to go ballistic over Lady Gaga's latest contribution, they haven't a clue about what really constitutes anti-Catholicism.

For Donohue, that's a rave. I think he's a closet Gaga fan. Emphasis on closet.


News: Apple, Ashton Kutcher, Soloflex, Marc Jacobs

 road Lesbian couple's home in New Zealand is targeted with fire and hateful graffiti.

Ashton  road Ashton Kutcher's top 10 shirtless movie scenes.

 road Kutcher's new film, No Strings Attached, opens at number 1 at the box office.

 road This short history of Soloflex mentioned that "genetically perfect" Scott Madsen has recently been sent to prison.

 road The Apple app store has officially hit 10 billion downloads.

 road Ryan Kwanten rocks a bow tie.

 road The Catholic League's Bill Donohue resorts to name-calling while responding to Christopher Knight's piece in the LA Times about censhorship at the Smithsonian: "I had no idea that the vile video was part of a gay exhibition until after I called it hate speech. In any event, we won and you lost. Get over it. You are sounding like a narcissistic brat."

 road Tunisia-style protests could next engulf Egypt.

 road Pope Benedict: marriage is not a right.

 road The BBC apologizes for joking that Hiroshima and Nagasaki atomic bombings survivor is "the unluckiest man in the world."

Mj  road Photos from Marc Jacobs's spread in drag from last year's Industrie Magazine.

 road Former Real World cast member Joey Kovar to bare all for Playgirl.

 road Elton John says he is sick of being a "second-class citizen...We need people to say, 'OK. I'm straight. You're gay. Let's get along. I'm Republican. You're Democratic. Let's work together.'"

 road Zsa Zsa Gabor goes home after surgery.

 road Congresswoman Renee Ellmers (R-NC) says she plans to bring a concealed weapon to public events.

 road Stroke rate among those who are HIV-positive is on the rise.

 road New report: "Former Michigan assistant attorney general Andrew Shirvell was warned about using state resources to launch anti-gay attacks on politicians two months before he began targeting the University of Michigan’s student body president."

 road John Travolta says that Rickey Gervais' hosting of the Golden Globes was "more like a roast."


Catholic League's Bill Donohue Paid Well for Manning Fax Machine

Bill Donohue, whose anti-gay crusades include getting a gay Smithsonian art show censored, have wrongly scapegoating gays as the problem for sexual abuse in the Catholic church, campaigning against gay adoption, condemning Kathy Griffin, slobbering over gym bodies, and attacking Towleroad, gets paid handily for his efforts.

Catholics United reports:

Donohue"Controversial Catholic League president William Donohue – whose work has now gained the support of the president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops – earned a salary of $342,500 in 2009, with an additional $56,656 in fringe benefits. According to annual IRS Form 990 filings, the organization spent more than $2.6 million in 2009, despite the fact that its program work constitutes little more than the issuing of inflammatory press releases."

It's bad work if you can get it.

"The IRS filings list other examples of lavish spending. The organization shells out $335,914 for its midtown Manhattan office space, and compensates vice president Bernadette Brady to the tune of $203,727. An additional $57,826 is spent on office equipment."


Warhol Foundation Threatens to Pull Funding from Smithsonian Unless it Restores Censored Wojnarowicz Video

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The Warhol Foundation today threatened to stop funding exhibits at the Smithsonian unless it restores the David Wojnarowicz video piece "A Fire in the Belly" to the National Portrait Gallery's Hide/Seek exhibit. The Smithsonian, as you may know, pulled the Wojnarowicz piece from the exhibit after complaints from the Catholic League that the video, which depicts ants on a crucifix and memorializes the death of Wojnarowicz's lover from AIDS. 

Warhol Wrote the Warhol Foundation in a letter:

Mr. Wayne Clough
Smithsonian Institution
SIB Office of the Secretary
MRC 016
PO Box 37012
Washington, D.C. 20013-7012

Dear Mr. Clough,

The Warhol Foundation is proud to have been a lead supporter of Hide/Seek: Difference and Desire in American Portraiture, but we strongly condemn the decision to remove David Wojnarowicz’s video A Fire in My Belly from the exhibition. Such blatant censorship is unconscionable. It is inimical to everything the Smithsonian Institution should stand for, and everything the Andy Warhol Foundation does stand for.

Although we have enjoyed our growing relationship during the past three years, and have given more than $375,000 to fund several exhibitions at various Smithsonian institutions, we cannot stand by and watch the Smithsonian bow to the demands of bigots who have attacked the exhibition out of ignorance, hatred and fear.

Last week the Foundation published a statement on its website www.warholfoundation.org, condemning the National Portrait Gallery’s removal of the work and on Friday our Board of Directors met to discuss the long-term implications of the Museum’s behavior on the Foundation’s relationship with the Smithsonian Institution. After careful consideration, the Board voted unanimously to demand that you restore the censored work immediately, or the Warhol Foundation will cease funding future exhibitions at all Smithsonian institutions.

I regret that you have put us in this position, but there is no other course we can take. For the arts to flourish the arts must be free, and the decision to censor this important work is in stark opposition to our mission to defend freedom of expression wherever and whenever it is under attack.

Sincerely yours,

Joel Wachs
President

It's good that folks are finally taking action over this shameful censorship.

Also, Tyler Green reports that National Portrait Gallery commissioner James Bartlett has resigned in protest:

"Bartlett is the former board president of the Cleveland Museum of Art. The commission functions as a kind of board of directors for the gallery."

Previously...
Frank Rich Bashes The Smithsonian Over Censorship [tr]
Watch: Activist Banned for Life from Smithsonian for iPad Protest [tr] 
National Portrait Gallery Censors AIDS Artwork [tr]


Catholic League's Bill Donohue Writes About The Homosexual Crisis In The Catholic Church In The Washington Post

In a clear response to the latest scandal to hit the Catholic Church, Bill Donohue of the Catholic League, who has in the past taken out full page ads in the New York Times defending the Pope, this time has decided to write a piece in the Washington Post. Donohue once again maintains that there isn't a pedophilia crisis in the Church, but a "homosexual crisis." In order to make his point clear, he uses alcoholism and people who are of Irish heritage as an example.

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Writes Donohue

"Correlation is not causation; it is an association. So to say that there is a correlation between homosexual orientation and the sexual abuse of minors is not to say that being a homosexual makes one a molester. Indeed, as I have said many times, most gay priests are not molesters, but most of the molesters have been gay. In other words, although sexual orientation does not cause sexual abuse, the fact that there is a relationship between homosexuality and the sexual abuse of minors cannot be ignored in dealing with this problem."

"Think of it this way. We know there is a correlation between being Irish and being an alcoholic, but that doesn't mean all Irishmen are, or will become, alcoholics. But it does mean they have a special problem in this area. Does this now make me anti-Irish?"


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