December 14, 2002

Boston Globe

By Thomas Farragher, Globe Staff, 12/14/2002

Like jarring aftershocks from a mighty earthquake, Boston’s clergy sexual abuse scandal has registered around the world, provoking what some scholars have called the worst crisis in the Catholic Church in 500 years.

Within weeks of Globe reports in January about the Archdiocese of Boston’s secret settlement of child molestation claims against at least 70 priests, dioceses around the country were forced to confront the consequences of their own policies about sexually abusive clergymen.

What they found opened a chasm between many faithful Catholics and those they had trusted to lead their church.

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