Catholicism in Crisis

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Throughout the US, parishes are in turmoil over court cases involving sex abuse by Catholic priests. In Boston, after a defrocked priest was convicted of sexual assault, the Archdiocese gave authorities the names of 80 priests accused of sexual misconduct dating back 40 years. Some lifelong Catholics are leaving the Church. Others are demanding reform and the resignation of senior officials. Is priestly celibacy an epidemic or has a witch hunt blown forgivable indiscretions out of proportion? We look at the moral crisis facing America's most powerful religious institution with a priest in the Boston Archdiocese, a former Catholic parishioner, a sister who heads the Pastoral Ministry of Boston College, and a former Benedictine monk turned psychotherapist.
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Planeta Paz (in Spanish)

Boston College's Institute of Religious Education and Pastoral Ministry

The Boston Globe

Doctrine of the Faith

Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston

Sex, Priests, and Power: Anatomy of a Crisis

The Vatican

2002 Olympic Winter Games




Warren Olney