Evaluation of Accusations Against Priests and Religious

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Manual of Self Defense

Evaluation of Conflicts in Self-Giving

Letter to Priests

Dear Father,
I would like to share with you research that has an important bearing on the present controversy of the Boy Scouts of America changing its policy and permitting homosexual scout leaders.
The John Jay College attempted to explain the deliberate homosexual predation and abuse of adolescent males, the primary victims in the crisis in the Church, as a crime of opportunity and ignored the severe psychological conflicts and grooming behaviors in priests who offended against minors. The data in the John Jay report strongly suggested that homosexual abuse of adolescent males was at the heart of the crisis. A number of well-designed studies have found that men with SSA are more likely to have psychiatric and substance abuse disorders and STDs than heterosexual males, and are more likely to have a positive attitude to sexual relations between adult and adolescent males. (1)
The BSA would benefit from a thorough evaluation of what occurred in the crisis in the Church before changing its position on homosexuals as scout leaders.
(1.) Fitzgibbons, R & O’Leary, D. (2011), Sexual Abuse of Minors by Catholic Clergy.  The Linacre Quarterly 78(3) (August 2011): 252–273
Sincerely in Christ,
Rick Fitzgibbons, M.D.

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Dr. Fitzgibbons has coauthored the second edition of a textbook on the treatment on excessive anger in adult and child psychiatric disorders in the field of positive psychology for American Psychological Association Books, Forgiveness Therapy: An Empirical Guide for Resolving Anger and Restoring Hope.