65) This may be because ephebophiles have fewer victims, and are more likely to respond to treatment.
This power imbalance also exists between ephebophiles and their victims, and even between adult clerics and age appropriate victims.
Of course, relaxation of the rule of celibacy would not cure pedophiles or ephebophiles
who suffer from profound psychological disturbances that can be contained, but almost never cured.
In the Chicago Archdiocese, however, the great majority of cases from 1963 to 1992 studied by the Cardinal's Commission on Clerical Sexual Misconduct with Minors involved homosexual ephebophiles
A straight guy with a jailbait jones might be known as a dirty old man, but no one would call him an ephebophile
However, it hasn't been ascertained just how many offenders are true pedophiles or ephebophiles
From a criminologist's point of view, the distinction between generalist perpetrators versus specialist pedophiles or ephebophiles
has meaningful importance.
Psychologists have coined the term ephebophiles
for those who abuse boys after pubescence.
Priests classified as pedophiles (with a sexual attraction to prepubescent children) were more likely to gain access to victims using threats, while ephebophiles
(attracted to post-pubescent adolescents) were more likely to use gifts to entice victims.
Arguably, Bishop McCormack's single greatest failing was his inability to establish means for controlling priests who were diagnosed as pedophiles or ephebophiles
," Reilly wrote in the 76-page report.
Some quibble over the distinction between pedophiles and ephebophiles
, laying the blame on a conspiracy between gays and the hedonistic critics of traditional Catholic morality.