John Jay study on clergy abuse concludes: The devil made them do it.

The study by the John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York instead said that the problem was largely the result of poor seminary training and insufficient emotional support for men ordained in the 1940s and 1950s, who were not able to withstand the social upheaval they confronted as pastors in the 1960s. Crime and other deviant behavior increased overall in the United States during this period, when the rate of abuse by priests was climbing.

“The rise in abuse cases in the 1960s and 1970s was influenced by social factors in society generally,” the report’s authors said. “Factors that were invariant during the time period addressed, such as celibacy, were not responsible for the increase or decline in abuse cases over this time.”

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Editor’s note: With an estimated 1/4 to 1/2 of today’s priests and bishops purported to be homosexual, why I am not surprised at the conclusions of this (politically correct) $1.8 million study, which is at best, too little … and much too late?

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