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The John Jay Report

The headline at the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops website: John Jay College "Reports No Single Cause, Predictor of Clergy Abuse."  So after all the years, money, and study, are we to conclude there is no conclusion?

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Homecoming: Healing From Abuse

This year marks my fifth anniversary in the Victim Assistance Program of the Diocese of Arlington. I approached Pat Mudd 25 years after being sexually and emotionally abused by priests as a child and teen.

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The Learning Curve

Clerical abuse had been recognized for centuries as a grievous but fortunately uncommon failing. In previous ages, when it came to light Church leaders were inclined to deal with it openly and to punish abusers severely.

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Scoundrel Time(s)

In a pattern exemplifying the dog's behavior in Proverbs 26:11, the sexual abuse story in the global media is almost entirely a Catholic story, in which the Catholic Church is portrayed as the epicenter of the sexual abuse of the young, with hints of an ecclesiastical criminal conspiracy involving sexual predators whose predations continue today.

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Culture change in the Church

There has been much advice given to the Catholic Church in regard to the sexual abuse scandals. There are, though, only two real options. The Church can become more Catholic, or less Catholic.

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