Sexual Abuse in the Catholic Church
An examination of the phenomena of sexual abuse by priests in the Catholic Church and a discussion of the Church's response.
# 6540 | 2,150 words | 6 sources | MLA | 2002 |
Published on Feb 08, 2003 in Religion and Theology (Christianity) , Child, Youth Issues (Child Abuse) , Criminology (General)
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This paper looks at the increased reports of sexual abuse within the Catholic Church. The writer points out that only recently has the Church needed to answer for itself and take a stand due to the high level of reported cases. An examination of the Church's response is given which follows criticism of their reaction.
From the Paper:"The Catholic Church has been rocked recently by allegations of sexual abuses especially against children. The problem is not isolated but all pervading. The cases of child, sexual abuses are about the same percentage as the general population. Most of the cases are not, in the strictest sense pedophilic sex with pre-pubescent children, but ephebophilia abuse of adolescent children. In a comprehensive study of 2,252 priests for 30 years, only one case of pedophilia was found. It involved a priest with two six year-old nieces. Between 5 and 10 percent of priests were pederasts (ephebophiles). (Jenkins, 1996)"
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