We Need to Listen to the Survivors of Clerical Sex Abuse

The Open Tabernacle

September 25, 2018

By Betty Clermont

Since the news about the now–Archbishop Theodore McCarrick’s alleged sexual abuse of minors and seminarians, and a Pennsylvania Grand Jury report detailing the sexual abuse of over 1,000 minors by over 300 clergymen, dozens of “experts” have opined about what must change in the Catholic Church to prevent further suffering. Although well-meaning, they are wrong and perhaps using this human catastrophe to advance their own agendas.

I have chosen a sampling below that are representative of so many similar articles. To spot the errors, it is necessary to know some facts about the crime of child sex abuse.

The following statistics are from the U.S. Department of Justice National Sex Offender Public Website.

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