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The American narrative of the Catholic Church’s struggles with the clerical sexual abuse of the young has been dominated by several tropes firmly set in journalistic concrete:Read more >
But according to an independent, $1.8 million study conducted by New York’s John Jay College of Criminal Justice, commissioned by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops and released on May 18, every one of these tropes is false.
- that this was and is a “pedophilia” crisis;
- that the sexual abuse of the young is an ongoing danger in the Church;
- that the Catholic Church was and remains a uniquely dangerous environment for young people;
- that a high percentage of priests were abusers;
- that abusive behavior is more likely from celibates, such that a change in the Church’s discipline of priestly celibacy would be important in protecting the young;
- that the Church’s bishops were, as a rule, willfully negligent in handling reports of abuse;
- that the Church really hasn’t learned any lessons from the revelations that began in the Long Lent of 2002.