The Catholic Church has been embroiled in a child sexual abuse crisis that spans the late 20th and early 21st centuries. In these cases, clergy including both priests and nuns abused children as young as three years old. The scandal involves not only the large number of abusers and victims, but in the reaction of the Church hierarchy, which hid accusations and investigations from the public view, protected clergy, and exposed additional children to abusers who were moved to new parishes. Since 2001, the Vatican has reviewed abuse accusations leveled at over 3,000 priests.
This guide is based on the Catholic Abuse Crisis Syllabus developed by Catherine R. Osborne, Ph.D.
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