Pastoral Psychology

, Volume 56, Issue 3, pp 321-339

First online:

The Clergy Sex Abuse Crisis and the Mourning of American Catholic Innocence

  • Marian RonanAffiliated withAmerican Baptist Seminary of the West and Graduate Theological Union Email author 

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The passionate response of many American Catholics to the clergy sex abuse crisis is an expression not only of legitimate anger over the sexual abuse of children and young people by Roman Catholic priests but also of resistance to mourning the significant losses post-immigrant American Catholics sustained in the last third of the twentieth century.


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