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The Report on U.S. Catholic Priests’ Sex Abuse: What the Critics Got Wrong

The lead researcher of last month’s Causes and Context report on the child sexual abuse scandals that have shaken the Catholic Church speaks out on the controversy surrounding the study, and explains why it lays out a road map for the future. 

Sound bites should not be confused with facts. 

By the time we officially released our report (which can be found here) on The Causes and Context of Sexual Abuse of Minors by Catholic Priests in the United States, 1950 – 2010 on May 18, 2011, the media had already seized on incomplete leaks of the report to give it a spin that had only a tangential relationship to what we wrote.

It’s time to put the record straight---and to chart a way forward so that the pattern of abuses we studied is never repeated.

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