Sexual Revolution and “Situational Stress” Blamed for Clerical Sexual Abuse

By Susan Brinkmann, OCDS
Staff Journallist

A long-awaited report on the underlying causes of the sexual abuse of minors by priests found the chief culprit to be the stress of the social and sexual turmoil of the 1960’s and 70’s coupled with inadequate preparation and monitoring of priests that led to the outbreak of abuse that took place primarily during the 1960’s and 70’s.

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