Victims question findings of priest sex abuse study

ROCKVILLE CENTRE - A study into the sexual abuse scandals involving Roman Catholic priests was released today, raising serious concerns among some of the abuse victims.

The Catholic Church maintains that researchers had complete freedom to investigate and come to their own conclusions without any interference from the church or the bishops, who financed the $1.8 million study.

"This is just another PR program that the bishops are doing," says Tim Echausse, of Westbury, who says he was abused by a priest as a boy.

Echausse says the report blames the sexual abuses on poor seminary training, a lack of support and the social upheaval of the 1960s and 1970s.

"They need to man up and accept the truth that they made mistakes and continue to make mistakes," he says.

The 150-page report was conducted by the John Jay College of Criminal Justice with the financial backing of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.

The president of a national survivors group says it's clear that the report failed to investigate the real causes of the problem.

Bishop William Murphy posted a statement on the website of the Rockville Centre Diocese saying that he acknowledges that "too many bishops put care for the abusive priest ahead of care for the victim."Full StudyThe Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests United States Conference of Catholic BishopsThe Diocese of Rockville Centre

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