Psychologist Separates Myths from Realities in Church Sex Abuse | WBEZ
Skip to main content

Eight Forty-Eight

Psychologist Separates Myths from Realities in Church Sex Abuse

Holy week has come and gone with many faithful reflecting and meditating. But one man has remained quiet about the scandal roiling the Catholic Church. Pope Benedict continues his silence on allegations that he personally failed to address cases of abuse among his charges. And while the sex abuse scandal is focused on Europe this time around, it's a familiar story state-side, where dioceses have dealt with allegations of abuse for decades. What if there was a way to prevent the abuse in the first place? Psychologist Thomas Plante has treated both victims and clergy involved in abuse cases, and a professor of psychology at Santa Clara University. He gives us insight into why priests commit acts of sexual abuse.

RELATED:
The Nature and Scope of the Problem of Sexual Abuse of Minors by Catholic Priests and Deacons in the United States
The Sexual Abuse Crisis in the Roman Catholic Church: What Psychologists and Counselors Should Know
Homosexual Applicants to the Priesthood: How Many and Are They Psychologically Healthy?

Get the WBEZ App

Download the best live and on-demand public radio experience. Find out more.

CLOSE X