Catholic Sex Abuse and statistics: a correction

Recently, I tossed off a number that “117 of 175 American bishops” had, in some way, been involved in the sex-abuse scandal that rocked the American Catholic Church. Longtime reader Julie called me on that number, and sent me off to spend several hours researching just where that number had come from before it got stuck in my head.

I finally found what I believe to be the original source, and Julie was right and I was wrong. I had the wrong numbers.

According to a report published by the Dallas Morning News (reprinted here), the actual numbers were 111 of 178, not 117 of 175. That works out to about 62.4%, or 5/8, and not 66%, or 2/3.

While I do regret my initial error, and wish I had been less precise about my numbers, I think that the actual numbers bear up my initial allegation: that a large number of the American bishops (including the odious Cardinal Law, who ought to be behind bars and not celebrating Masses in honor of the Pope) are too “tainted” to be considered for the office of Pontiff.

Again, I’d like to thank Julie for hounding me to find the real numbers in this matter. I was sloppy, and I shouldn’t have been.

J.

Update: And yet again I’m closing down the comments thread. It’s degenerated into “Julie-bashing,” and I just don’t have the stomach for it. She’s been a valuable commenter in the past, and even though I think she pretty much “asked” for it and participated in it myself, I’m not letting it go on any longer. Hell, I wish I’d had the time to do so earlier.

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