Dr. Anne Hendershott, professor of Sociology and director of the Veritas Center for Ethics in Public Life, discusses the sexual abuse scandal among clergy members.
In an effort to understand the origins of the clerical sex abuse scandal that have plagued the American Church, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops commissioned studies of the crisis from the John Jay College of Criminal Justice. The first study, published in 2004, were extensive and thoroughly documented the cases of abuse by priests with precision; however, while demonstrating clearly that the clergy sexual abuse scandal involved primarily same-sex behavior between priests and post-pubescent males, the researchers found “no connection between homosexual identity and the increased likelihood of subsequent abuse from the data that we have right now.”
Dr. Anne Hendershott is a professor in the Psychology, Sociology, and Social Work Department at Franciscan University of Steubenville and is one of the nation’s leading Catholic sociologists. Author of numerous books including The Politics of Abortion (2006), Hendershott currently serves as the Pope John Paul II Fellow in Student Development at the Cardinal Newman Society’s Center for the Advancement of Catholic Higher Education. She regularly writes about Catholic issues for The Wall Street Journal, Catholic World Report, and other secular and religious outlets. She is frequently interviewed by The Washington Times, National Review Online, EWTN Radio Network, and other news outlets.