New Book Tells History of Child Sex Abuse Scandal in Catholic Church

05/22/13 Robert Lorei
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Good morning, welcome to Radioactivity. I’m Rob Lorei. Coming up on the first part of today’s program we are going to talk about the child sexual abuse scandal sweeping the Catholic Church. Later we’ll hear what a friend of the victim had to say about the young man who was killed by the FBI today in Orlando. The victim allegedly had ties to one of the Boston bombers.

But first one comment about yesterday’s program on which we discussed some of the reasons why the IRS would have a legitimate reason to investigate Tea Party groups. Here’s what one listener had to say.


The Catholic Church continues to face scrutiny over the sex crime scandal. Jesuit officials in Chicago yesterday agreed to pay almost 20 million dollars to six men who say they were abused by a now defrocked priest. And in New Jersey a priest is being held today on $25,000 bail because he allegedly broke a legal agreement to stay away from children. The priest was convicted of molesting a boy ten years ago.

In his new book Pulitzer prize winning reporter Michael D’Antonio describes the roots of the scandal- from its beginnings in the 1980’s to today. We now know that tens of thousands of children suffered sexual abuse at the hands of Catholic clergy. Our guest has written for The New York Time Magazine and Esquire. In his new book MORTAL SINS (St. Martin’s)—D’Antonio describes the extent of the scandal that has now engulfed the Church.

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