A National Study of Catholic Priests

Stephen White of Catholic University writes about the highlights from the
National Study of Catholic Priests that was released on October 19, 2022.

“For decades, there have been warning signs – anecdotal, but coming from both priests and bishops – that the policies put in place in response to the abuse crisis had caused a shift in the relationship between priests and their bishops. What had once been akin to a familial relationship had been de-personalized. Priests were worried that bishops saw them as liabilities to be managed rather than as brothers or sons. Bishops were worried that priests were less and less likely to come to them with serious personal problems or failings.”

Read the whole column.