Catholic Church in Crisis

News coverage and Beliefnet articles on the clergy sexual abuse scandals rocking America's Catholic Church.

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Sept. 2003: $85M Deal in Boston Church Abuse Suits

Augustr 2003: The Coming Catholic Church: How the Faithful Will Reshape U.S. Catholicism
The scandal exposed the Church's worst flaws, but also points the way to positive change, says journalist David Gibson

July 2003: Massachusetts Attorney General Says Number of Victims May Top 1000

July 2003: Can the New Archbishop Save Boston?
Profile of Sean O'Malley

June 2003 Bishops' Meeting

  • A House Divided: Where Are the U.S. Bishops Heading?
    As the abuse scandal continues, Catholic bishops will be judged by their worst member. Can they overcome their divisions? By David Gibson
  • Catholic Bishops Shoot Themselves in the Foot--Again
    Despite everything that's happened, they still hide behind legalisms when their only salvation is transparency. By Fr. Andrew Greeley

    Head of Abuse Review Board Resigns
    Governor Frank Keating blasts coverups


    What's It All About?

    February 2004: Report: 11,000 Sexual Abuse Complaints Since 1950
    From the John Jay College of Criminal Justice's report on molestation of minors by U.S. Roman Catholic clergy.

  • Key Figures From the Catholic Abuse Survey

    Past Sex Abuse Cases (AP)
    Answers to common questions about the current scandal and past cases of clergy sexual misconduct.

    Common Misperceptions (USA Today)
    Nov. 2002: An overview says that very few accused priests remain in positions where they could abuse minors.

    Who's Who in the Catholic Church
    Basic facts about who makes what decisions.

    Q&A: Psychiatric Issues in Pedophilia
    Accessible answers to frequently asked questions by a psychiatrist specializing in clergy pedophilia.

    Are They Really Pedophiles?
    A researcher analyzing earlier data says that many victims of priests are adolescent boys, not children. By Philip Jenkins

    Catholic Reactions

    "A Crisis of Fidelity"
    George Weigel on the culture of dissent (Summer 2002)

    Time for the Laity to Step Forward
    Interview with Garry Wills (Summer 2002)
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