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Church in Crisis: Primary Sources

In support of USD's Church in Crisis site, this guide provides resources for further study.

Boston Globe

The Boston Globe’s Spotlight Investigation (January 2002 ff)

  • Huge archive of news articles divided into 9 topics (Predator priests, scandal and coverup, victims, financial cost, law and the laity, the church’s response, the clergy, investigations/lawsuits, and opinion), interactive features (a map of accused priests in Boston, a database), depositions (by Cardinal Law and others). 

Philadelphia Grand Jury (2003)

Weakland Deposition

Deposition of Archbishop Rembert Weakland, Milwaukee (October 24, 2011)

  • Weakland’s deposition gives insight into both standard procedures around abuse cases and episcopal mindset/thinking.

Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Sexual Abuse, Australia

Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Sexual Abuse, Australia (2012-2017; final report December 2017)

Pennsylvania Diocese Victims Report (2018)

Pennsylvania Diocese Victims Report/Report 1 of the 40th Statewide Investigating Grand Jury (July 27, 2018)

  • The “Pennsylvania grand jury report” is downloadable from this website, along with a separate PDF that includes official responses by a number of dioceses and invidual priests named in the report. Also included is a 5-minute video of survivor interviews.

Letter of His Holiness Pope Francis to the People of God

Fletcher, (August 20, 2018), "Abuse Victims Say They Felt Hurt by Ordinary Catholics' Lack of Compassion"