Child Sexual Abuse by Roman Catholic Clergy

Marie Keenan

in Child Sexual Abuse and the Catholic Church

Published in print December 2011 | ISBN: 9780199895670
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199919604 | DOI:
Child Sexual Abuse by Roman Catholic Clergy

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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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