The Clergy Sex Abuse Crisis and the Mourning of American Catholic Innocence
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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.
KeywordsInnocence Mourning Clergy sex abuse Working through
Many thanks to Diane Jonte-Pace, David Harrington Watt, Laura Levitt, and Tracy Fessenden for helpful suggestions regarding earlier versions of this article.
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