Pastoral Psychology

, Volume 56, Issue 3, pp 321–339

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


DOI: 10.1007/s11089-007-0099-5

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Ronan, M. Pastoral Psychol (2008) 56: 321. doi:10.1007/s11089-007-0099-5


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.


Innocence Mourning Clergy sex abuse Working through 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.American Baptist Seminary of the West and Graduate Theological UnionBerkeleyUSA

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