Just posted, our editorial on the John Jay study of the "causes and context" of the sexual-abuse crisis. It begins:

From the beginning, armchair social-scientists have floated any number of explanations for the Catholic Churchs sexual-abuse crisis. Conservatives blamed gay men. Liberals blamed celibacy. And everyone blamed the bishops.Now we have a new report on the scandals causes and context [.pdf], whose results contradict most observers pet theories. That may be the reports greatest value.

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Grant Gallicho joined Commonweal as an intern and was an associate editor for the magazine until 2015. 

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