Experts emphasize that the problem is hardly unique to or more prevalent among priests.
"People are saying there must be something basically wrong with the church, but if you look at it from a broader perspective, this is not simply a church problem or a priest problem,"
said Stephen Rossetti, a psychologist.
"This is a societal problem, and priests are no more likely to be involved."
Fred Berlin, director of the National Institute for the Study, Prevention and Treatment of Sexual Trauma, said he's not aware of any evidence that the problem occurs more often in the church than in other segments of society.
Despite headlines focusing on the priest pedophile problem in the Roman Catholic Church, most American churches being hit with child sexual-abuse allegations are Protestant, and most of the alleged abusers are not clergy or staff, but church volunteers.
James Cobble, executive director of CMR, who oversees the survey, says the data show that child sex-abuse happens broadly across all denominations– and that clergy aren't the major offenders.
Volunteers are more likely than clergy or paid staff to be abusers. Perhaps more startling, children at churches are accused of sexual abuse as often as are clergy and staff. In 1999, for example, 42 percent of alleged child abusers were volunteers – about 25 percent were paid staff members (including clergy) and 25 percent were other children.
Priestly celibacy, as experts have confirmed, is not the cause of these acts of sexual abuse, however studies prove that there is a connection between pedophilia and homosexuality. There is much documentation from psychologists in this area. A life of celibacy can only be assumed by someone who possesses the essential emotional maturity. The problem of sexual abuse may have had its origin in “the quality of seminarians,” who then went on to become priests.
In addition, while others remain silent, the Church speaks out on other issues related to the dignity of children, young people and women. The Pope has severely denounced sex tourism and defends the dignity of those exploited in this way.
If we go on pretending that it is only a "Catholic problem" -- and falsely concluding that it flows from celibacy rather than from liberalism, homosexuality, and loss of faith (SIN!) and the after-effects of the Sexual Revolution, then there will be more victims, and that will not solve anything and only produce more suffering.