Child sexual abuse and the Catholic church: An historical and contemporary review

@article{Isely1997ChildSA,
  title={Child sexual abuse and the Catholic church: An historical and contemporary review},
  author={Paul J. Isely},
  journal={Pastoral Psychology},
  year={1997},
  volume={45},
  pages={277-299}
}
  • P. J. Isely
  • Published 1 March 1997
  • Law
  • Pastoral Psychology
Although the recent revelations of clergy sexual abuse suggests an unusual and recent epidemic among the Catholic church, the historical record suggests this difficulty has plagued the church over the centuries. The recent effort of investigative reporters and adult survivors alleging sexual abuse by clergy, has led to an increased public awareness of the extent of illegal sexual activity occurring in the church. Opinion polls of Catholics in the United States have evidenced a critical view of… 

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