American intellectuals have mixed record on sexual exploitation of children
Catholic World News - December 20, 2011
While pundits today are unanimous in condemning sexual abuse of children--especially by Catholic priests--the record was not always so clear, notes Anne Hendershott. In recent decades one scholarly book--with a foreword by Jocelyn Elders, the former Surgeon General of the US--blamed religious conservatives for policies "that would deny minors access to sexual expression." The Journal of Homosexuality published a special issue in 1990 dedicated to "inter-generational intimacy." And to this date the Vagina Monologues, featuring a sexual liaison between a 13-year-old girl and an adult woman, remains popular on college campuses.
An appeal from our founder, Dr. Jeffrey Mirus:
Dear reader: If you found the information on this page helpful in your pursuit of a better Catholic life, please support our work with a donation. Your donation will help us reach seven million Truth-seeking readers worldwide this year. Thank you!
Our Spring Challenge Grant
Progress toward our Spring Challenge Grant goal ($18,129 to go):
All comments are moderated. To lighten our editing burden, only current donors are allowed to Sound Off. If you are a donor, log in to see the comment form; otherwise please support our work, and Sound Off!