The Sex Abuse Scandal

Some Key Misunderstandings Regarding the Child Sexual Abuse Scandal and the Catholic Church

April 27, 2012

Some Key Misunderstandings Regarding the Child Sexual Abuse Scandal  and the Catholic Church William O’Donohue, Ph.D. Olga Cirlugea, B.A. Lorraine Benuto, Ph.D. Department of Psychology University of Nevada, Reno We are clinical psychologists (the second author is a graduate student in a doctoral training program) who have watched the sexual abuse... [Read more...]


June 23, 2011

June Catalyst 2011 Fr. Michael P. Orsi The following recounts what happened to an innocent priest from New Jersey in the wake of the bishops’ conference that took place in 2002. Just a few months after it was exposed that the Boston Archdiocese was deeply involved in a cover-up of priestly sexual abuse, the bishops assembled in Dallas. The June meeting... [Read more...]

Twilight of the Scandal

December 23, 2006

by Kiera McCaffrey (Catalyst 12/2006) The Catholic League would never defend the indefensible. That is why we praised the media for putting the spotlight on the Church’s sex-abuse scandal in 2002. Without journalists breaking the story, the Church may have been slower to clean house and a greater number of adolescents may have been harmed. Similarly,... [Read more...]

Sex Abuse and Signs of Fraud

November 23, 2005

by the Rev. Gordon J. MacRae (Catalyst 11/2005) Three years before the latest wave of clergy sex abuse claims rippled out of Boston across the country, Sean Murphy, age 37, and his mother, Sylvia, demanded $850,000 from the Archdiocese of Boston. Sean claimed that three decades earlier, he and his brother were repeatedly molested by their parish priest.... [Read more...]

Child Molestation by Homosexuals and Heterosexuals

May 22, 2005

Special Report by Brian W. Clowes and David L. Sonnier May 2005 Click here to view article.  Read More →

Sexual Abuse in Social Context: Clergy and Other Professionals

February 23, 2004

PREFACE The purpose of this special report is to put the recent scandal in the Catholic Church in perspective.  It does not seek to exculpate anyone who had anything to do with priestly sexual misconduct, but it does seek to challenge those who continue to treat this issue in isolation.  Indeed, to discuss the incidence of sexual abuse committed by... [Read more...]

The Analysis of a Smear

June 23, 2003

by Father Benedict J. Groeschel, C.F.R. (Catalyst 6/2003) I have been expecting a smear attack from the anti-Catholic segment of the media for years, and on March 2, 2003, it came. The Dallas Morning News, which I had never heard of, carried an article by Brooks Egerton entitled, “Priest plays down abuse crisis while helping clergy keep jobs.”... [Read more...]

Fr. Benedict Groeschel Responds to his Critics

May 23, 2003

(Catalyst 5/2003) Father Benedict Groeschel, C.F.R. is a good friend of the Catholic League. On March 2, the Dallas Morning News published an article about him titled, “Priest plays down abuse crisis while helping clergy keep jobs.” It was written by Brooks Egerton, a staff writer for the News; he is also the past chairman of the Texas chapter... [Read more...]

The Church Scandal: Fodder for State Meddling

April 23, 2003

by William A. Donohue (Catalyst 4/2003) The sexual abuse scandal in the Catholic Church is being used by state lawmakers to crack the wall of separation of church and state. Unless this is resisted by the hierarchy of the Church, state meddling in the internal workings of the Church will grow. One of the more conspicuous examples is the willingness... [Read more...]

A Time for Redemption

May 23, 2002

by David Reinhard (Catalyst 5/2002) I think the Roman Catholic Church has turned the corner on its priest sexual abuse scandal. Yes, turned the corner. True, the stories about pedophile priests—the crimes and cover-ups—will fill the news and fuel the outrage of Catholics, non-Catholics and anti-Catholics for some time to come. The courts, civil... [Read more...]