Money defines ephebophilia
as a paraphilia of the eligible/stigmatic type distinct from nepeiophilia and pedophilia in that the age of the partner is postpubertal and adolescent.
Among priests, ephebophiles are much more common and more homosexually oriented than with comparable pedophiles; statistics reveal that 90 percent of the clergy (priest) sex abuse cases involved ephebophilia
He writes: "It should be clear by now that the relevant factor with regard to child sexual abuse is not sexual orientation, but is rather, the paraphilia (sexual deviation) of either paedophilia or ephebophilia
Paedophilia refers to sex abuse with little children (pre-pubescent) and ephebophilia
with post-pubescent boys.
The word ephebophilia
is not "newly invented," as Richard Goldstein claims ["The Double Standard," August 20], because nearly a century ago Dr.
Scicluna notes that some experts on sexuality distinguish among four kinds of attractions: pedophilia (an attraction to prepubescent children), ephebophilia
(adolescents), homosexuality (adults of the same sex) and heterosexuality (adults of the opposite sex).
At one point in the report, it states that very few clergy abuse cases are actual pedophilia (sex with children under the age of 11) but rather is ephebophilia
(sex with adolescents).
You won't find ephebophilia
in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, the thick volume most shrinks consult when they want to identify a patient's condition.
In other words, let's not embarrass homosexuals, whether priests or others, just because they are apt to fall into ephebophilia
(the technical name for paedophilia [child abuse] when the child has become an adolescent).
After defining ephebophilia
, in accord with the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual, as not a sexual disorder or paraphilia while allowing that it may have harmful effects on teenagers,(24) this report only pages later explicitly categorizes ephebophilia
as disease, paraphilia, and sexual disorder, and states that such phenomena are called diseases or disorders because they cause suffering or damage.
Medical professionals would not agree that clerical pedophilia (sexual abuse of pre-pubescent children) and ephebophilia
(sexual abuse of post-pubescent minors) would stop if only potential perpetrators were faithful to the teachings of the Catholic church.
Chapter Five clarifies the difference between pedophilia and ephebophilia
ably enough, but then things get muddy.