Independent Catholic News logo Welcome Visitor
Thursday, March 23, 2017
Vatican statement on abuse statistics
Comment Email Print
Fr Federico Lombardi, SJ
The Holy See press office director, Fr Federico Lombardi, SJ, made the following declaration on Wednesday afternoon: "Ecclesial authorities do not consider it within their competency to make general affirmations of a specifically psychological or medical character and therefore naturally must refer to the study of specialists and the inquiries they carry out."

"Concerning the competency of ecclesial authorities, in the area of the causes of abuse of minors on the part of priests, which the Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith has faced in recent years, the statistical data related by Msgr Charles J Scicluna states that according to the data, 10% of abuse cases can be classified as pedophilia in the strict sense. 90% of cases are better defined as ephebophilia (ie attraction towards adolescents). Of these, approximately 60% are reported as same-sex attraction and 30% of a heterosexual nature. Obviously this data refers to the problem of abuse by priests and not to statistics regarding the general population”

Source: VIS
Share:  Bookmark and Share
Tags: Fr Federico Lombardi, SJ

Powered by Bondware
News Publishing Software

The browser you are using is outdated!

You may not be getting all you can out of your browsing experience
and may be open to security risks!

Consider upgrading to the latest version of your browser or choose on below: