Most definitely Satan will guide certain individuals to pick places most sacred to God, his adversary. Then how convenient, they point the finger at the Catholic Church. The Church IS under spiritual attack.
The Church is not to blame it’s the surrounding culture and environment these men grow up in, under free will, before preying upon and picking where. Would we blame the USA if it were under attack by the Russians? Government is democracy based while the Church is spiritually based.
Many of these priests are in Pennsylvania and other states that are shaped by some thriving negative culture in states showing similar stats. These are states that have been evolving American culture since the 1700’s and where the most cases of abuse are concentrated. Is this a look into our culture in the years to come as these traits age more into our culture? I wouldn’t be surprised if our society puts out the first batch of married priests. These traits are shaped and instilled characteristics that is already festering in these states especially with stats like these.
Please do not blame celibacy. The reason being is that it acts as an essential quality of the person entering seminaries and the priesthood. Celibacy is a perfect filter of those who wish to be otherwise or whatever their predominant vulnerabilities, intentions and genuine commitments may be. Taking away opens a door for more evil to mingle. And having said the latter, it is clearly one of Satan’s central attacks and corruption is to get rid of the concept of celibacy. All cultures create their own tendencies as shaped by the environment human beings grow up in.
These men make choices to enter for a reason and are already vulnerable. There is definitely a profile here and the Church Christianity needs to seek out psychiatrists, therapists and explore how to minimize men with certain vulnerabilities from entering the priesthood.
The Catholic Church is a large and global culture and practically a nation; but the American states where these stats derive from in essence are bred in “predator states and American culture”. For example: If predators are largely bred in the United States we don’t blame “United States” as a whole and it’s presiding President. The Catholic name is taking the finality of these individual men and the free choice to seek out where they can have access and evolve into oppressions born from vulnerabilities.