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PARIS (Reuters)- A German Catholic Church study showed most priests found guilty of sexually abusing minors were psychologically normal, according to survey results presented on Friday.

Only 12 percent of those surveyed were diagnosed as paedophiles, said the report released by Trier Bishop Stephan Ackermann, the church's spokesman on abuse cases.

Psychological tests commissioned by priests' dioceses around Germany found only five percent could be classified as ephebophiles - attracted to teenagers, it said.

"There are no significant differences to results found in the general population in Germany," said Dr Norbert Leygraf, one of the experts reviewing reports on predator priests found out in the past decade.
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"The alleged sexual abuse was committed for reasons that can mostly be described as within normal psychological bounds and only a few cases resulted from a specific psychopathology," he said, according to a Church statement.

According to the study, the diocesan reports showed 54 percent of the priests were identified as heterosexual, 37 percent as homosexual and nine percent as bisexual.

How are they defining "normal"? :o
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Re: German church: most sex abuser priests are psychologically normal
« Reply #1 on: December 09, 2012, 04:55:29 PM »
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PARIS (Reuters)- A German Catholic Church study showed most priests found guilty of sexually abusing minors were psychologically normal, according to survey results presented on Friday.

Only 12 percent of those surveyed were diagnosed as paedophiles, said the report released by Trier Bishop Stephan Ackermann, the church's spokesman on abuse cases.

Psychological tests commissioned by priests' dioceses around Germany found only five percent could be classified as ephebophiles - attracted to teenagers, it said.

"There are no significant differences to results found in the general population in Germany," said Dr Norbert Leygraf, one of the experts reviewing reports on predator priests found out in the past decade.
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"The alleged sexual abuse was committed for reasons that can mostly be described as within normal psychological bounds and only a few cases resulted from a specific psychopathology," he said, according to a Church statement.

According to the study, the diocesan reports showed 54 percent of the priests were identified as heterosexual, 37 percent as homosexual and nine percent as bisexual.

How are they defining "normal"? :o

By German standards.
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Re: German church: most sex abuser priests are psychologically normal
« Reply #2 on: December 09, 2012, 06:05:40 PM »
Well what I did not see in the article was any mention of how a very significant number of the minors involved were teenagers.  Consequently, those priests who had some sort of sexual relationship with those minors would not be pedophiles, and further would not even necessarily be illegal (for example, German law does not necessarily make sex between a 14 year old and a 35 year old illegal; and consent in France is 15 for example). 
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Re: German church: most sex abuser priests are psychologically normal
« Reply #3 on: December 09, 2012, 06:19:03 PM »
Well is it really that hard to imagine that their standards would be more liberal on this matter? I mean, we are talking about the people who at one point thought that it was morally acceptable to bake Jews in an oven and conquer Europe...
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