ERIC Number: EJ841189
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 47
Hiding behind the Cloth: Child Sexual Abuse and the Catholic Church
Dale, Kathryn A.; Alpert, Judith L.
Journal of Child Sexual Abuse, v16 n3 p59-74 2007
The existence of child sexual abuse within the Catholic Church has shocked many. In this article, the authors review the history of child sexual abuse in the church, the recent events that brought this tragedy into societal consciousness, and the efforts by the church to conceal the abuse. Two sources of empirical literature, the general psychological writing on priest sex abuse and the psychoanalytic literature, on child sexual abuse are compared. Both sources of literature seek explanation for priests' child sexual abuse within the structure and culture of the church rather than viewing the priest as a "typical" sex predator. The authors argue that, in fact, the guilty priests are child predators who differ little from other child predators.
Descriptors: Catholics, Sexual Abuse, Child Abuse, Social Problems, Churches, Clergy, Social Attitudes, Criminals, Individual Characteristics, Social History, Moral Values
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Identifiers - Location: United States