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Sexual Abuse by Catholic Priests

Sex abuse and the Catholic Church

During the 1960s, and the following years, a: 'Sexual Revolution' occurred within the Western World. The Church was not unaffected by the event with many priests leaving their ministry to marry (some with and some without Church permission). These years co-insided with the turmoil within the Church while she was implementing large changes following the Vatican II Council.

By the turn of the century, cases had come to light of individuals in the 1970s and 80s misusing their positions of trust to hide their secret sinful abuse of children. This led to questions regarding how individual bishops had tried to deal with this problem.
As a history site, we consider that these on-going contemporary revelations are too recent to be assessed in a balanced way. It could be another decade or more before a factual and balanced picture of what occurred is available.

In the meantime we plan to provide links below to articles which may be of use to those gathering insights into varying aspects of the history of this problem.

[A] A Response to Christopher Hitchens' The Great Catholic Coverup (full version with references) by SEAN MURPHY

[B] The Church must not bow to Freud by Mary Kenny See also [C, AF, AG]

[C] PIE and Selective Outrage See also [B, AF, AG]

[D] Pope's Letter to Ireland

[E] The Pope and the Murphy case: what the New York Times story didn't tell you

[F] Sexual abuse is society's problem, too

[G] Treat The Pope Fairly

[H] Not a Cover up

[I] Keeping the Record straight

[J] Benedict XVI under attack



[K]Vatican defends decision not to laicise priest who abused deaf children
By John Thavis

[L] Ireland - Facts and figures

[M] Sex Abuse in Catholic Church was Homosexual Problem

[N] Abuse in School 100 Times Worse than by Priests

[O] Sexual Abuse in Social Context: Catholic Clergy and other Professionals

[P] What went wrong by George Weigel.

[Q] the man, the motive, the media

[R] the Pope's track record on abuse: looking better and better

[S] Cardinal Castrillon steps up defense of silence on abuse as new evidence emerges

[T] a Vatican struggle over abuse policy


[V] Homosexuality and the Church Crisis

[W] The mindset of priestly sexual abuse

[X] Peggy Noonan's Church History
[Y] A Catholic Problem Only?

[Z] 10 Myths about Priestly Pedophilia

[AA] The New York Times and Pope Benedict XVI

[AB] Munich case: facts do not support link to Pope

[AC] The Nature and Scope of the Problem of Sexual Abuse of Minors
by Catholic Priests and Deacons in the United States

[AD] New York Times rips Pope, says he could have stopped abuse scandal in 1990s

[AE] Another vicious, inaccurate, and contradictory New York Times attack on Pope Benedict

[AF] RC Scandal - Christian Voice See also [C, B, AG]

[AG] Peter Tatchell - Christian Voice See also [C, B, AF]

[AH] What percentage of priests abuse?

Version: 7th October 2010

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