Really?  Hippie-punching?  Does the Vatican think this is going to work?

A five-year study commissioned by the nation’s Roman Catholic bishops to provide a definitive answer to what caused the church’s sexual abuse crisis has concluded that neither the all-male celibate priesthood nor homosexuality were to blame.

Instead, the report says, the abuse occurred because priests who were poorly prepared and monitored, and were under stress, landed amid the social and sexual turmoil of the 1960s and ’70s.


The “blame Woodstock” explanation has been floated by bishops since the church was engulfed by scandal in the United States in 2002 and by Pope Benedict XVI after it erupted in Europe in 2010.

Of course. Because when you and I hear this…

We think peace and love and maybe we just like Joni Mitchell a whole lot and will take any excuse to post one of her songs.

But when Catholic priests hear it

They diddle kids?  Really?  This is what the Catholic Church is going with?

[h/t Matthew Yglesias via Tbogg]