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OK, here are some *basic* references, for those who haven't
picked up a newspaper, or heard a news broadcast for the last 10
Lots more to come. This will eventually be part of the
- Berry, Jason. Lead Us Not Into Temptation: Catholic Priests and
the Sexual Abuse of Children. Foreword by Andrew M. Greely.
Doubleday, New York, 1992
Father Andrew Greely says that Berry has uncovered "an
incredible mass of corruption...the greatest scandal in the
history of religion in America and perhaps the most serious
crisis Catholicism has faced since the Reformation." Greely
also says that his reporting is "accurate and restrained,
indeed if anything almost too conservative."
Berry won the 1986 Catholic Press Association Award for his
coverage of clerical sex abuse. He documents many things
that people have been saying here:
- 1. Over 400 Catholic priests in North America were caught
molesting children between 1984 and 1992.
- 2. The typical molester abuses scores to hundreds of
- 2. The Church has paid out over $400 million in
settlements, and the total is expected to reach $1
billion before they are done.
- 3. The Church tried to cover it all up.
- 4. The press has underreported it. The New York Times
refused his stories, saying, "We want to do a child
abuse story but not in the context of the Catholic
Church." (any lights coming on?) Subsequent refusals
came from The Washington Post, Rolling Stone, Vanity
Fair, The Nation, and Mother Jones.
- Burkett, Elinor, and Bruni, Frank. A Gospel of Shame: Children, Sexual
Abuse, and the Catholic Church. Viking, Penguin Books, NY, NY 1993
"No one knows how many more there may be, since Church
officials deny keeping any centralized records. But bishops
in dioceses where one or two priest molesters have been sued
or prosecuted speak openly about the three, four, or five or
six other cases they have handled in private. And they
themselves know that they are unaware of the many -- probably
the majority -- which are never reported."
"Reverend Margaret Graham, [is] an Episcopal priest who also
serves as the president of the National Committee for the
Prevention of Child Abuse. She point out that what has
happened among priests and the Catholic Church is not an
Out of 100 priests in Newfoundland, 7 priests plus 2
ex-priests were indicted for sexually abusing young boys.
"In province after province, Canadian priests were exposed as
molesters in the early 1990's, forcing the Canadian
Conference of Catholic Bishops to create yet another special
When Dutch Catholic Television dared air a special on the
growing scandal of child sexual abuse by priests in the US,
more than 200 victims from Amsterdam to Rotterdam called in
with their own stories of molestation by men in collars."
That's 455 victims right there. As you can see, it's not
going to be hard for me to reach my "thousands."
- James Porter had at least 125 victims *that we know of*.
- The St. John's, Newfoundland case had somewhere around 130
victims; I will look it up.
- 200 victims called in when Dutch TV showed their special.
- Heggen, Carolyn. Sexual Abuse in Christian Homes and Churches.
Herald Press, Scottsdale, PA 1993
Shows among other things that while the best predictor of
sexual abuse of a child by his/her parent is alcoholism, the
second best predictor is *conservative religious belief*.
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