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Long's story

"Long's story" Continued...

Issue: "2011 Books of the Year," July 2, 2011

What the report does implicate is the social and moral disintegration of the "sexual revolution" in the 1960s and 1970s. Priests, like everyone else, are susceptible to temptation and shaped by their surroundings. When the culture around them promoted experimentation and promiscuity, priests found it easier to disregard their internal inhibitions. The study is critical of Catholic leadership, but it also finds that a slow, uneven, but eventually effective response within the Catholic Church itself led to a steep decline in abuse.

Timothy Dalrymple
Timothy Dalrymple

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