Homosexual Rights Group - Early Supporter of VIRTUS in Twin Cities
Catholic Rainbow Parents, a homosexual rights organization, was one of the first groups to publicly support the efforts of the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis in its choice to use VIRTUS.
Catholic Rainbow Parents are part of an active GLBT (Gays, Lesbians, Bi-sexuals, and Transgenders) network in the Twin Cities. The network includes the Catholic Pastoral Committee on Sexual Minorities (CPCSM) and Dignity/Twin Cities. Perhaps you saw these groups in the news recently during their vocal protest at the Cathedral on World Marriage Day, February 12, 2006.
The GLBT network is actively pushing for homosexual rights including making gay marriage the law of the land in Minnesota. Catholic Rainbow Parents has called the Minnesota Bishops stance against gay marriage as "spiritual abuse."
In their inaugural public statement, Catholic Rainbow Parents proclaimed their support of VIRTUS in July 2005 before 99% of the Twin Cities parents had any idea what VIRTUS or "Safe Environments" were. How is it they had the early track on VIRTUS? By not revealing all the facts about homosexual predation in society, is VIRTUS providing cover for the homosexual problem plaguing the Church?
Catholic Rainbow Parents state:
We share the perspective of the National Catholic Risk Retention Group's VIRTUS programs, with which the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis collaborates in response to the mandate of the "Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People" adopted by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops in June 2002.
The VIRTUS programs report that, "It is a myth that most sex abusers are homosexuals. Most sex offenders are not homosexual; they are heterosexual . . . Studies repeatedly show that most male molesters of boys are not homosexual with adults. It is a faulty assumption that an adult male who selects a young boy as a victim is gay."
Recognizing that homosexuality is an expression of the sacred gift of human sexuality, we bear public witness to the joy and blessings that our GLBT children bring to our families and our communities. We celebrate our children as gifts from God in all of their aspects, and regard them as full-fledged members of both Church and society.
Given that homosexuals make up 2% of the population, it is a correct statement that most of the child sex abusers are heterosexuals. However, VIRTUS is not providing the full truth and that is that homosexuals make up a significantly greater percentage of child sex abusers than their 2% of the population number would imply. For an excellent analysis on this, please read Brian Clowes and David Sonnier's report, "Child Molestation by homosexuals and heterosexuals" published in Homiletic and Pastoral Review.