Newsweek’s Implausible Defense of Catholic Priests

The evidence Newsweek presents to back up the heading of a recent Web article–“Priests Commit No More Abuse Than Other Males” (4/8/10)–is remarkably unpersuasive. Here’s the main argument offered by reporter Pat Wingert: The only hard data that has been made public by any denomination comes from John Jay College’s study of Catholic priests, which was authorized and is being paid for by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops following the public outcry over the 2002 scandals. Limiting their study to plausible accusations made between 1950 and 1992, John Jay researchers reported that about 4 percent of the 110,000 priests […]