Vatican Press spokesman Lombardi then went on to say: "Of these (abuse cases) approximately 60% referred to individuals of the same sex and 30% of heterosexual character."
Father Marcus Stock then stated from the Bishop's Conference of England and Wales that "To the best of my knowledge, there is no empirical data which concludes that sexual orientation is connected to child sexual abuse."
Here are some of the studies that verify Bertone's statement:
A study of 1,925 lesbians found that "thirty-seven percent had been physically abused as a child or adult, thirty two had been raped or sexually attacked, nineteen percent had been involved in incestuous relationships while growing up." (Judith Bradford, Caitlin Ryan, and Ester Rothblum, " National Lesbian Heath Care Survey: Implications for Mental Health Care," Journal of consulting and Clinical Psychology 62, no. 2 (1994): 228. (in Dale Leary, p109, one man, one woman: A Catholic's guide to defending marriage, Sophia Institute Press).
"Various studies have found that about forty percent of men with SSA (Same sex attraction) report experiences of childhood sexual abuse by an adult or older child. Many more report sexual involvement with other children during childhood. (Lynda Doll et al. "Self-Reported Childhood and adolescent sexual abuse among adult homosexual and bisexual men," Child abuse and neglect 16 (1992): 855-865). (in Dale Leary, one man, one woman: A Catholic's guide to defending marriage, p95, sophia institute press).
Also another couples of references that are relevant:
"Another factor in the public image of the homosexual person is the identification of homosexual orientation with paedophilia, particularly if the person who is known to be homosexual is also a cleric. Only a minority of paedophiles are homosexual, and only a very small percentage of Roman Catholic priests and religious brothers are known to be paedophiles, but in the public imagination every priest or brother who is friendly with boys is suspect of secret sins with them. Conversely, teenage boys may interpret a priest's or brother's genuine concern for their difficult home situation as a form of seduction. Thus, as soon as one mentions pastoral care of the homosexual, one is frequently met with silent hostility." (The Homosexual Person, new thinking in Pastoral Care, John Harvey, O.S.F.S., Ignatius, San Francisco, 1987).
A number of males who were raped or sexually abused by older males in childhood develop confusion about their masculine identity. As with other victims of rape, they think that their behaviour must have in some way led to the abuse. Such traumatic experiences can create self hatred in the false belief that they must be homosexual. As adolescents, their relationship with girls is often undermined by their shame and the belief that no female could possibly love them if she knew of their sexual experiences. (The truth about homosexuality, the cry of the faithful, Ignatius, San Francisco, 1996, p321-322).