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Child Sexual Abuse and the Catholic ChurchGender, Power, and Organizational Culture$
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Marie Keenan

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199895670

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199895670.001.0001

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Child Sexual Abuse by Roman Catholic Clergy

Child Sexual Abuse by Roman Catholic Clergy

The scale and history of the problem

(p.3) 1 Child Sexual Abuse by Roman Catholic Clergy
Child Sexual Abuse and the Catholic Church

Marie Keenan

Oxford University Press

This chapter analyzes the available data on what is known about the problem of sexual abuse within the Catholic Church. It also considers how the available data compare with data from other churches and religious groups, as well as with what we know about child sexual abuse by other “caring” professionals. While these issues are explored on a comparative basis, Ireland and the United States are used as the primary contexts, since most of the available quantitative data on sexual abuse by Catholic clergy emanate from these two countries. Other jurisdictions, such as Canada, Australia, the United Kingdom, and several in Europe, are referred to for comparative purposes.

Keywords:   Catholic Church, child sexual abuse, clergy, Ireland, United States

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