What these same people seldom discuss, because it runs directly contrary to their politics, is the genuine nature of abuser and abused. Forty years of statistics show that 85% of the latter have been teenage boys. Their tormentors were homosexual men. This is not for a moment to suggest that all homosexual men are abusive, but merely to state the undeniable truth that this is a particular pathology with particular solutions.
When the church grasped the nature of the problem, it introduced new guidelines concerning the sexuality of men applying to seminaries. And it was immediately accused by the very critics blaming the church for doing too little of being anti-homosexual and doing too much.
Misdirected fury is the unacknowledged source of many of our problems, and our attempts to discuss them sanely and accurately.
Note: Gay men often observe (ad nauseaum) that the most outspoken and obnoxious homophobes are “really” closet homosexuals.
As Mark Shea has observed: one hundred years from now, children will be taught that the 20th century priests who were punished for having sex with boys should now be celebrated as proto-martyrs for the absolutely FABulous “right” to have sex with children (you uptight prude!)