Crisis Episode 2: How Did We Get Here? Show Notes


Pope Paul VI and Fr. Gerald Fitzgerald, s.P.

Sexual abuse by clergy of the Catholic Church is not a new problem. “How Did We Get Here?” looks at the early signs in the 1950’s and walks us through time to the Dallas Charter of 2002. Features Archbishop Wilton Gregory and reporters Jason Berry and Greg Erlandson, among others. 

Participant List (in alphabetical order):

Documents Referenced:

  • Father Gerald Fitzgerald’s warnings
  • Jason Berry’s “The Tragedy of Gilbert Gauthe” Part One, Part Two in 1985 and his 1992 book Lead Us Not Into Temptation: Catholic Priests and the Sexual Abuse of Children
  • The 1985 Doyle-Mouton Report
  • Ray Mouton’s novel based on the Gauthe case: In God’s House
  • A list of some of The Boston Globe “Spotlight” articles about Geoghan in 2002
  • The USCCB’s Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People
  • Phil Lawler’s book, The Smoke of Satan: How Corrupt and Cowardly Bishops Betrayed Christ, His Church, and the Faithful… and What Can Be Done About It

Here’s a Minnesota Public Radio production by Madeleine Baran that follows two of the early sexual abuse scandals, including Gauthe’s, up to the year 2014.