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October 30, 2020

Study blames 1960s culture for church’s abuse crisis

The sexual abuse crisis in the Ca­tholic Church was caused by the in­flu­ence of sweeping social chan­ges and increasing “deviant behavior’’ of the 1960s and 1970s on priests who were inadequately trained, emotionally unprepared, and isolated, according to a new report commissioned by the nation’s Roman Catholic bishops, obtained by the Boston Globe. Re­searchers concluded that homosexual priests were no more likely to abuse than heterosexual priests. They also found that celibacy could not be blamed for the abuse epidemic. Nor could se­minaries have done a better job screening for likely offenders because abusive priests had no common profile.

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